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Collection: Nike Air Max 1

Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers were highly delighted and satisfied to have purchased Nike Air Max 1 OG.
  • This OG release of the iconic Nike Air Max 1 reminds most buyers of the old days. 
  • Some purchasers loved that this shoe comes with a commemorative box and spare laces.
  • Numerous reviewers were beyond pleased with the shape and materials of this OG release.
  • Many buyers noted that it is super comfortable and fits great.
  • It fits true to size, according to the greater part of the reviewers.
  • Some claimed that this shoe looks even better when worn.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some purchasers had difficulties acquiring a pair of the Nike Air Max 1 OG as it quickly sells out almost after almost every re-stock.
  • Some reviewers were a bit disappointed that the pairs they received had minor creases on the toe box.

Bottom line

Sneakerheads and collectors were pleased that Nike released this OG version for the Air Max 1's 30th anniversary. The Nike Air Max 1 OG is the closest, concerning shape and materials, to the 1987 original model among all the Air Max 1 variations that have been released throughout the years.

Reviewers agreed that it fits great and the old school vibe is there. Its release has been anticipated by most for the longest time that some purchasers had difficulties acquiring a pair the moment that it hit the shelves.

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The Nike Air Max 1 OG is available for men and women. Men’s sizing ranges from 5 to 13 in D Medium width, including half sizes. Women’s sizing, on the other hand, ranges from 4 to 11 in B Medium width, also including half sizes. The fit is generally true to size.

It has a low-top construction for flexible ankle movement, a traditional lace closure for a snug yet customizable fit, and a slightly padded collar and three-piece tongue for added comfort. The synthetic suede and mesh upper provide a lockdown and breathable fit on the feet. Also, the tongue features an extra eyelet in which the laces could loop through to keep it in place for a more secure fit.

A must-have for sneakerheads and collectors, the Nike Air Max 1 OG stays true to its form. It has the original shape, form, and colors of the original Air Max 1, which makes it just as iconic for streetwear or casual use. It can be worn with almost anything from shorts to jeans, casual pants, and jogger pants.

Of all the Nike Air Max releases over the years, the Air Max 1 OG is the closest direct recreation of the 1987 initial model considering that the original toe box shape was brought back. The upper features a mesh material as underlay, with a significant portion covering the entirety of the toe box, and a suede material for the mudguard, sidewalls, and the rest of the added reinforcements. Of course, this OG version still features the iconic visible air cushioning unit in the midsole which allows impact protection for maximum foot support and comfort.

The Nike Air Max 1 is one of Nike's iconic sneakers of all time and the first one to feature a visible Nike Air cushioning unit in the sole. Footwear designer Tinker Hatfield and developer Mark Parker worked hand-in-hand in coming up with the design of the Air Max 1 that first released in 1987. It was inspired by the Centre Georges Pompidou, a must-see building structure in Paris.

Over the years, the Air Max 1 underwent several tweaks here and there to accommodate the brand's newest technologies such as the Hyperfuse, the Lunarlon soles, the Flyknit uppers, and so on. As a result, its shape changes gradually with a bulkier toe box and a wider profile in general.

The iconic shoe celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 and the Nike team worked deliberately in recreating the original Air Max 1 silhouette to commemorate such event. The Nike Air Max 1 OG first released in limited quantities in March 2017 as part of the Air Max Day 2017 and re-released as a general release in September of the same year. It has a close resemblance to the original from its shape to the materials, texture, and finish.

  • The signature half-done Swoosh branding is presented on the sides, while the embroidered Nike Air branding is found on the heel.
  • It also features a three-piece tongue similar to that of the original model with the Nike Air Max branding.
  • The two plastic eyestays are presented in this OG version as well.
  • Also featured is the standard Air Max 1 rubber outsole for traction.
  • The insoles are removable.
  • This shoe comes with the original box and a spare pair of shoelaces. The limited release in March during the Air Max Day also came with a Nike Air hand tag, a Nike Air booklet, and a Nike Air dust bag.

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Danny McLoughlin
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.