Air Max 1 '86 OG "Big Bubble" - White/University Red-Lt Neutral Grey
Although 2022 was a year to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Nike Air Max, 2023 is set to be even bigger thanks to a historical failure and some long-debated folklore...
As the story goes, the original Air Max released in 1986 and debuted Visible Air with a massive Air bubble for the world to see – bigger than anyone familiar with the modern-day shoe can appreciate. Tinker Hatfield's Le Centres George Pompidou inspired bubble was so big, there were unintended side effects. In super-cold environments, the super-sized bubble had a tendency to crack. Unhappy with this issue Nike decided to pull the model, re-tool the midsole and release the shoe with a smaller Air bubble.
Although an objective failure, these "Big Bubble" Air Max live-on as the "holy grail" of Air. Much like the original Air Max 180, real heads pine for more air. After almost three years of development, Nike finally made things right with a proper un-compromised release of the Air Max 1 how it was originally intended.
To compliment the painstakingly re-tooled sole, the uppers and packaging have been updated to further replicate the original 1986 release. When Nike does it right, there's few which do it better.
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- Mesh upper
- Synthetic overlays
- Nylon tongue
- Textile lining
- "Big Bubble" Air Max sole tooling
- Custom box
- SKU: DQ3989-100