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Nike Air Max 1 Master History
More than 30 years ago, in 1987, the first Nike Air Max design was born. Designer Tinker Hatfield sketched the first prototype for the popular air-cushioned running shoe in Oregon after a trip from Paris. The veteran designer was inspired by the Centre Pompidou and its inside-out design.
Nike Air design was already popular at that time when the multibillion-dollar brand started releasing their air-cushioned shoes in 1979. But Hatfield thought this is not enough. The design of the first Nike Air Max then came to fruition with a tipless vamp reminiscent of the Air Sock Racer and an external heel strap sans the heel counter similar to the Nike Huarache which was yet to be released several years later. Hatfield decided to shelve the initial design and work on a design that would later be Nike Air Max 1.
The first Air Max 1 design revolutionized how we see sneakers today with its visible air cushioning that was designed by Hatfield to be wider for added stability and removed part of the midsole to expose part of the Air Max unit.
As the first sneaker from the brand to have an exposed air-cushioned sole, the Nike Air Max 1 was released on March 26, 1987, which would, later on, be celebrated as Air Max Day. The design was part of the Nike Air Pack that also included the Nike Air Trainer 1, Nike Air Sock, Nike Air Safari, and Nike Air Revolution. But among these designs released that year, it was the Nike Air Max 1 that had this lasting impact and following among sneaker fans that had placed Nike among the top sneaker manufacturers in the US and the rest of the world.
After several years of collaboration with retailers and other shoe designers, some 30 years after the first Air Max was introduced, the Nike Air Max 1 Master was released during Air Max Day. The design was released mainly for its most avid fans the Air Max collectors, sneaker fans and resellers who are all eager to line up for hours in concept stores and major retailers just to get first dibs at the newest limited edition design. In a matter of weeks, the shoe was sold out at Nike online with only some resellers still selling the shoe for twice and thrice its original $130 price.
Nike Air Max 1 Master Style
Making heads turn after its release at the second Air Max Day, the Nike Air Max 1 Master is a sneaker meant to be part of a collection. With 12 unique materials on its mudguard symbolizing the designs that once embraced the first Air Max’s silhouette, it doesn’t disappoint even the vilest style critics as this modern take on the classic is meant to stand out. Be sure to dress down a bit while wearing this unique lifestyle sneaker as it can overpower your outfit of the day.
For many sneaker fans and Air Max fanatics, the Nike Air Max Master is meant to be collected and placed in the box for safekeeping. It is not for everyday wear (although there’s nothing wrong with wearing them every day) but the premium leather shoe with an abundance of textures from plush, suede, rough, and smooth textures and varying colors that are a delight to the senses.
Further elevating its style factor, the limited edition sneakers had metallic shoelace tips, golden-finished soles, furry Swoosh logo, and a bonus pink lace reminiscent of the Nike Air Max 1 Kid Robot collaboration. It can be an overflowing display of creativity but that is what this limited edition release main purpose.
The shoe design was released in a black and white colorway with the multi-colored mudguard comprising popular collaborations and color releases of the Air Max 1.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike Air Max 1 Master runs true to size with a flat lacing system securing them to the foot. The Nike Air Max 1 Master was released in men’s sizes in medium-D width. Female fans of this particular design can buy sizes 1 to 1.5 sizes lower to get a good fit. Sizes range from US size 4 to 13.
The air cushioning system and Max Air unit in the heel are notable features of the Nike Air Max 1 master. But setting this technology aside, the main feature of the Nike Air Max 1 Master is the uniquely placed materials and textiles in the upper and mudguard that were inspired by 12 iconic and exclusive styles of the first Air Max. Perforated leather in the upper comes from the Kid Robot x Air Max 1.
The mudguard design starts with the red color at the front of both shoes come from the OG Air Max 1 colorway Red. Other colorways and styles found all over the mudguard come from exclusive Air max 1 designs that include Atmos x Air Max 1B, Atmos x Air Max 1B “Viotech”, Patta x Parra Air Max 1, Air Max 1 “Beast”, Clot X Air Max 1 NL, Air Max 1 OG Blue, Parra x Air Max 1, Patta x Air Max 1 “Chlorophyll” and Air Max 1 X Premium SP. All these unique and popular designs of the Air Max 1 are placed in the mudguard to give the Nike Air Max 1 Master the ultimate colorway treatment that makes it a standout in the crowd and every Air Max collector’s dream.
- Nike Air Max 1 Master was released on the second Air Max Day on March 26, 2017, the design release is part of the Air Max Day 2017 Collection that includes the Air Max 90 Ultra Flyknit Infrared, Air Max 1 Atmos, Air Max 1 30th Anniversary Edition, Air Max LD-Zero “Wolf Grey”, Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0, Women’s Air Max Jewell “Max Shine”, and Nike Air Vapormax Platinum.
- Celebrities that were seen wearing the Nike Air Max 1 Master include hip-hop artists and rappers like Gucci Mane and Kevin Hart.