Who should buy the Nike Air Max category

This sporty Nike sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You are after lightweight sneakers inspired by running
  • You want a breathable shoe that is good for all-day-wear

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Logo

Style of the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit 

Nike was successful in keeping an almost three-decade-old classic profile attuned to the times by transforming it to its most appealing silhouette dressed in a minimalist cover. The Ultra Flyknit version of the Air Max 1 almost completely revamped its original structure yet retained its classic charm among sneaker admirers.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Laces

This version, a crossover between a performance shoe and modern, versatile footwear, blends well with the fashion trend of the era. It is even more appealing when paired up with a mélange of casual clothing, such as skinny jeans, sweat shorts, joggers, and compression leggings.

Notable Features

Nike achieved the most lightweight Air Max when it dropped the Ultra Flyknit version of the Air Max 1. The brand reduced a lot of weight from the original edition by incorporating the Flyknit technology in the design of the upper.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Upper

It got rid of the layers of mesh and suede of the OG model and utilized one seamless knitted material that allows air to flow without the added weight, which makes this sneaker extremely comfortable.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Knitted material

At the bottom, Nike slashed down more weight from the standard midsole as it hollowed out the grooves, the concept behind the Ultra midsole. Even by doing so, Nike kept the Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit very flexible and long-lasting.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Midsole

History of the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit

Almost three decades from the year, Nike dropped a NASA-inspired sneaker, the brand once again astonished the world when it released the most featherweight version in the entire Air Max line. It was in July 2016 when this giant footwear brand made public its groundbreaking Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit. 

This revamped version of the original Nike Air Max 1 carries a rich legacy, which all started with Nike’s quest in coming up with the most advanced cushioning system for performance footwear. It was in 1987 when the combined ingenious concepts of aeronautic engineer Franklin Rudy and Nike’s stalwart creative innovator Tinker Hatfield gave birth to the Air Max 1.

The Flywire concept is made up of the same Vectran material used for outer space clothing and the filaments are placed in strategic points in the upper for the needed support and the lockdown fit. The same modernized technology was used in the construction of the Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Outsole

Nike’s Flyknit technology, a precisely engineered fabric and yarn modification that forms into a seamless and superbly lightweight upper, paired with its iconic Air-Sole cushioning unit brought forth in July 2016 the most lightweight Air Max ever made during that time, the Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit.

Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit Air-sole

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 1
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max 1, Nike Air Max, Nike Flyknit, Nike Air, Nike Flywire
Closure: Laces
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.