The majority of us adore purchasing sneakers. However, once you’ve purchased one pair, you can’t help but begin hunting for the next pair to complete your shoe collection. Because there are so many different models and colorways to pick from spanning over 30 years, this is the most difficult rating we’ve ever done. We opted to make this list based on how iconic, wearable, and culturally significant each item was. This will undoubtedly spark controversy, and many will disagree with this list – but get in contact and let us know which Air Max Nike sneakers you prefer!
TOP 10 AIR MAX SNEAKERS OF ALL TIME
DQM X NIKE AIR MAX 90 ‘BACON’
It’s one of the trendiest Air Max ’90s, with a concept and colorway that’s out of this world. Dave Ortiz established the sneaker boutique Dave’s Quality Meat (DQM), which was entirely outfitted to resemble a butchery and packed all of their items like a fresh piece of meat. When Nike approached Dave about designing a footwear, he chose the utilitarian and comfy Air Max 90. He opted to base the colorway on bacon after much debate.
PARRA X NIKE AIR MAX 1
Parra, a Dutch artist, created some of the most sought-after Nike Air Max 1 sneakers ever. The Parra x Nike Air Max 1 is a legendary sneaker that brought art to life on the Air Max platform.
NIKE AIR MAX 180 ‘ULTRAMARINE’
The Nike Air Max 180 was introduced in Spring 1991. This groundbreaking sneaker included 50% more air than previous Air Max versions. Nike took it a step further by putting this technology on show in the form of a visible protective outsole. Despite being widely promoted during the 1992 Olympic marketing campaign, this style did not catch on soon.
NIKE AIR MAX 1 ‘WHITE/RED’
This is the Nike Air Max Shoe that started everything. This is the day that marks Air Max Day, which was first celebrated on March 26, 1987. The Air Max 1 was a pivotal and revolutionary design for Nike that enhanced the brand when it needed it the most.
OFF-WHITE X NIKE AIR MAX 90 ‘BLACK’
Virgil Abloh’s interpretation on the Air Max 90 was part of Nike’s “The Ten” collaboration, which was the greatest sneaker event of 2017. This Black colorway will be released in the next years, and it mixes Virgil Abloh’s architectural approach to design with a minimalist colorway to produce something spectacular.
ATMOS X NIKE AIR MAX 1 ‘ELEPHANT’
The atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant” made its debut in 2007 as part of a “Zoo” pack. While the Air Max 1 “Elephant” is just one example of Nike’s strong eye for cooperation, particularly in the early days of streetwear culture, Air Max fans voted in 2016 to bring the sneaker back for 2017.
NIKE AIR MAX 97 OG ‘METALLIC SILVER
At the time, the Air Max 97 was a futuristic-looking Air Max inspired by the high-speed Japanese Bullet train. An distinctive silhouette with a fully visible Air Unit quickly became a pop icon, with several celebrities wearing it and it quickly being a treasured item. After all these years, this style has remained a sneakerhead’s favourite.
NIKE AIR MAX 95 ‘NEON’
The midsole represents the spine, the panels represent muscular fibres, the straps represent ribs, and the mesh represents the skin on the Air Max 95. It was a youth culture icon thanks to its unique concept and design.
NIKE AIR MAX 1/97 SEAN WOTHERSPOON
Nike enlisted the help of 12 designers to envision the future of Nike Air. Sean Wotherspoon, the champion, wore an Air Max 97 upper with an Air Max 1 midsole and outsole. Vintage Nike hats, as well as brainstorming with close friends and confidants, inspired the multicoloured corduroy upper. This concept and design caused a stir in the community, and it has cemented its place among the Air Max nobility.
NIKE AIR MAX 90 ‘INFRARED’
Our top pick is the Nike Air Max 90. The Air Max 90 is the most recognisable model in the Air Max line, with the Infrared colorway becoming legendary. The simple lines and vibrant colours made this Nike Air Max extremely popular, and several re-releases are expected in the coming years. This is usually the first pair that springs to mind when people think about Air Max sneakers.