The History Of The Nike Air Max

By Jay Casteel  |  03/18/2014

27 years after the original Air Max 1 dropped, Nike celebrates with a look back at the history of the iconic sneaker silhouette.

The brainchild of legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield, the Air Max started a revolution when it was released in 1987 via the introduction of the iconic visible Air unit that changed the face of footwear.

"Tinker's background in structural design allowed him to architect a new dynasty in sportswear," says Nike. "Postmodern Parisian towers, with transparent walkways and bold pops of color, would prove instrumental to the final Air Max design."

To honor the 27th anniversary, Nike has declared March 26 to be Air Max Day; and to celebrate the special occasion, the brand will release the Nike Air Max 1 "Air Max Day" edition.

For more on the history of the Air Max, visit Nike's official website.