The marriage between two silhouettes is always something Nike have excelled in. Having such a rich archive allows you to bring together products seamlessly in order to create something fresh, and alter opinions on previously disregarded shoes.
Back in 1992, five years after the release of the original game-changing Air Max ’87, Nike tested out adding the midsole unit from the ravers favourite, the Air Max 90. Although baring a similar appearance, the graphic lines between the two are what set them apart. The ’87 made use of smooth flowing lines across the upper, whereas the 90, alongside it’s brash ‘Infrared’ colour way, was a lot more aggressive looking with sharper details and panels. A very small number of these hybrid pairs were made back in the 90’s in a handful of colour ways and material choices, some of which only made their way over to Japanese shores and are now in unwearable condition due to the inevitable ageing process of hydrolysis.
The hybrid makes a welcome return in two previous Japanese only colourways. The first iteration features a clean white leather upper, with gold flashes to the Swoosh and Nike Air heel branding. The second rendition uses premium purple suede on the upper, with a contrasting black Swoosh on the sidewall.
Both colourways of the Nike Air Max 90/1 will be available online and in selected size? stores on Saturday 1st September, priced at £120.