Verdict from 8 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • A quick look at the Nike Air Max 1 Master would already show how premium and high quality the materials used all over the shoe according to most reviewers.
  • A lot of users love the creativity and eye-catching style behind the placement of 12 of the best Air Max 1 prints and material in the toe box and mudguard that give it a premium and limited edition feels.
  • A few liked the packaging of the sneakers which had the Nike logo in various prints including the shoe history details.
  • A good number of customers love the soft and plush feel from leather-lined shoe collar to the toe box that gives a comfortable in-shoe feel and a stylish on-foot look.
  • Several reviewers found the golden-finished gum outsole that has equally good looks and functionality.
  • Some sneaker fans love the dope-looking and furry Swoosh logo on the side panel and the subtle branding details on the toe, tongue, and back.
  • Several sneaker fans are raving to have this limited edition sneaker on their collection.
  • A large number of resellers have claimed the kicks have great reselling demand and interest from Air Max fans and sneaker collectors.
  • Some commented that the premium leather shoes fit true to size and have a snug fit overall.
  • A few commented that the padded removable insole is simple but can be replaced with orthotic inserts for added comfort.
  • Many reviewers think it has a reasonable price considering that it can command good reselling price twice to thrice its release price tag.
  • Air cushioning quality as in previous Air Max has been retained with the polyurethane midsole while Max Air heel unit absorbs impact.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few noted creasing on the perforated leather toe box when the shoe is used for longer walks.
  • Some commented that the overly styled shoe could overpower clothing.
  • Several sneaker fans wanted this to be a regular release than a limited one.

Bottom line

The limited edition Nike Air Max 1 Master is a must-have for every Air Max fan. It is equipped with 12 most coveted materials used in the Air Max 1 since 1987. The sophisticated aesthetics from the premium leather upper to the different materials used in the mudguard are foremost among the reasons for buying this collector’s item.

But more than the uniqueness of the design, it comes with the same air cushioning system and Air Max unit for shock absorption that its loyalists love.

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Good to know

The Air Max 1 Master from Nike 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.

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.

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.

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 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.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.