When it comes to iconic shoe silhouettes, Nike is truly second to none. Whether it be Jordans, Air Force 1s, or the Air Max lineup, there’s no denying the impact that the label had (and continues to have) on the world of sports and footwear. The Air Max technology, in particular, was quite a unique concept at the time and introduced one of the most iconic features of any shoe. Designed by the aeronautical engineer Marion Frank Rudy, the first air-cushioned soles hit Nike footwear in 1978, but it wasn’t until 1987 that we saw the Air technology on full display in the heels of the first Air Max (or Air Max 1). Then, in 1998 the Air Max Plus hit the scene and launched Nike’s Tuned Air system (TN), providing runners with cushioning and support. So, if you’re an athlete, sneakerhead, or just want some reliable shoes, the Air Max Plus has you covered, and you can get a pair right now.
Since these shoes were originally designed for performance running, you’re getting state-of-the-art cushioning from the Air units, and a durable full-length rubber outsole that allows for consistent traction. Nike’s Tuned Air system, which introduced pods that provide high-impact protection, is on full display here, and still just as supportive as it was the day it came out. As for the instantly recognizable design, Sean McDowell was inspired by ocean waves and palm trees, which you can see in the cascading lines, and the prominent arch shank was inspired by a whale’s tail.
If you want to shake things up a bit in the color department, the Air Max Plus silhouette is offered in a handful of colorways including a very Spidey-reminiscent University Red and Racer Blue colorway, or the futuristic Deep Royal and Scream Green.
The Nike Air Max Plus shoes are available now starting at $175.