Visible air, an oxymoron of sorts. For most regular folk the idea of visible air is a redundant concept...but for us sneakerheads? conquered in 1987. Not one to settle with their initial 'scientific revolution', their visible air series hit an apex in the early 90s with the timeless Air Max 180 and Air Max 93, both displaying unparalleled performances of visible air on a sneaker.
The Air Max 180 brought a perspective change on the Air Max. It's understated upper contrasting its unique 180 degrees exposed air unit created an exceptional juxtaposition of athletic's understated stylings of the early 90s. Mixing a rugged suede and a nylon mesh on its luxurious panelling, Nike saw the present and the future in their creation, offering the best in athletic performance of the decade, and an enduring design that stands up to the best of the Air Max series to this day. It's Ultramarine OG colourway still remains ubiquitous to the OG silhouette, tantalising sneakerheads the world over.
Only two years later, Nike treats us to another advancement in air technology with the 'bigger is better' scheme of the Nike Air Max 93, a humble design with a wacky concept and the biggest Air Max pedigree of the series at the time. Transforming the upper of 1991's Huarache into a mid-top construction with a nylon bootie woven into its premium leather and mesh construction, the intention was to create the ultimate running shoe across all facets of field and trail running. With inspiration from an unlikely source (the contours of a milk jug) and advancements in their blow-moulding techniques, the 270-degree air unit was born as the biggest visible air unit of its time. This distinctive Menthol OG still gives us that fresh feeling to this day.
As we're told from a young age, you have to respect your elders, and that statement holds true on this essential re-release. Don't sleep on this!
Nike Air Max 93 OG 'Menthol' 306551-107 - £110
Nike Air Max 180 OG 'Ultramarine' 615287-100 -£105