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Former NASA engineer Frank Rudy developed the Air technology filling urethane pouches with gas, but it wasn’t until 1987 that the Air bubble became visible, even though Nike started to use the Air technology by 1978`s in its Nike Air Tailwind, they never turned it inside-out. 9 years later the Air Max 87 (later Nike Air Max 1) was born, and everything changed. All this wouldn’t have happened if Nike designer Tinker Hatfield wouldn’t have gone on a trip to Paris to get inspired by the Centre Georges Pompidou, a building that takes all its functionality and structural elements and places it on the outside. The first time the Air Max was released it was part of the Air Pack, alongside the Air Trainer 1, Air Sock, Air Revolution and Air Safari. What started as a big risk for Nike by revealing the Air-cushioned sole is now unimaginable with many different models following that simple rule.
Nike`s newest Air Max 1 comes as a NikeLab edition with a fine leather upper and white / grey midsole & rubber outsole. The lining is kept in a black textile while the rest of the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle is a black and anthracite high premium leather mix.