While the Nike Air Max 1 is, and always will be, my OG forever love, its younger sibling – the Air Max 95 – has a special place in my heart, too.
The designer Sergio Lozano, after studying anatomy books from the Nike design library, was inspired by human ribs, vertebrae, muscles, and skin. The Oregon landscape inspired the ombre linear markings:
“I was looking across the lake out into the trees and I began picturing the process of rain eroding the earth and thought it would be interesting if the perfect product was unearthed by erosion.”
They put the darker shade nearer the sole, as that is most likely to get dirty first, especially for cross-country runners in the States. How very practical.
Shame then, that across the pond, it got a bit of a rep for being the criminal’s footwear of choice in the earlier Noughties (making for a quick getaway, I s’pose?). The bad boys I dated always seemed to wear a pair of these. Coincidence? I think not.
This time around, no doubt inspired by the so-fugly-they’re-fresh-af Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers, they can be seen hot on the heels of stylish sorts at fashion month (albeit without the hefty designer price tag, but without forfeiting any of that dad trainer comfort).
Wear a la Lucy Williams [above] with a cropped skinny jean and flash of white sports sock for a super nostalgic nod.
And let’s hope this time round the bubble doesn’t burst – literally: remember that riot in a shopping centre circa 2000 caused by the squeaky bubbles? Lol. Simpler times – there’d be a social media shit storm now.