Recognized as a lifestyle shoe, the low-top Nike Air Max Zero SE takes on the trademark Air cushioning technology embedded in the midsole found in every Nike Air Max variety. This contemporary sneaker will not be called a “special edition” without any reason. It is branded as such since the upper is reinforced by using premium knitted mesh cover that does not rip off easily.
It is also constructed with a lightweight shape that replaces the conventional overlays with durable fuse material, which is noticeable in the midfoot. The outsole is also carved out to keep the weight of the entire shoe down.
Nike Air Max Zero SE History
As other brands got hooked in improving foam components that provide cushioning in the midsole, Nike got obsessed with its Air-sole technology which was first revealed in 1987 with the initial installment of the Air Max. The world had a glimpse of this wonder cushioning feature when Nike introduced the original Air Max 1 that had the Air unit embedded in the midsole bared through a window in the heel area.
The drop of the first Air Max was followed by the unveiling of the second version in 1989, the Air Max II or the Air Max Light, which like the first iteration, was designed as a running shoe in a lightweight built. The high demand for the Air Max shoes propelled Nike to produce more performance-infused designs over the succeeding years. At some point, the Air Max was regarded as royal articles in Nike’s archives.
From a packet of air in the rear part of the shoe, the Air sole grew significantly and more visible. The changes brought forth extensive variations of the Air Max putting on shelves specific designs with full-length Air units such as the Air Max 97 and Air Max 360.
From a running shoe, the Air Max models gradually slipped into the sneaker world as more and more consumers clamored for fashionable and functional casual sporty shoes for everyday use. In nearly three decades, the Air Max silhouettes have been retooled using different cuts, designs, and colors.
While the royal Air Max family is growing massively, one important figure kept in Nike’s vault is waiting for its introduction. This shoe would have been the precursor of the Air Max 1, but it took the brand three decades before finally unveiling it to the public.
Called the Nike Air Max Zero, AM0, “The One before the 1,” this shoe was introduced on the second annual celebration of the Air Max day held in 2015. Built using modern retooling, the Air Max Zero embodied the technological transformations Nike has gone through over the decades.
After its initial offering, the ever-aggressive brand produced a variation of this model built with new coat suitable for winter called the Nike Air Max Zero SE.