Down to earth but walking on air—this is how you’ll feel sporting a pair of Nike Air Max shoes. Nike Max Air technology allows you to walk on pockets of air encapsulated in polyurethane. A brilliant stroke of innovation allows air to diffuse into the capsules, so they never deflate. The original gas inside these Max Air units is dense enough that it doesn’t leak out.
Nike Air technology debuted in 1979 but became visible with Nike’s Air Revolution in 1987. This innovation was called Max Air™; it allows the most cushioning of all Nike Air products. What began as a single model in 1987 led to running shoe frontiers with models like the Nike Air Max 360, 2010, Moto, Tailwind and many more.
Today, Max Air provides Nike’s ultimate impact protection — reducing shock and distributing pressure — to provide you with absolute comfort and stability. The Air Max 95, a casual running shoe, was the first to contain Max Air units in the heel and forefoot. It also features popular gradient coloring on the uppers.
Max Air is a staple in Nike’s basketball models as well, notably as a full-length unit in LeBron James’ line of signature basketball shoes.
Nike’s Air Max running shoes are designed for comfort, maneuverability, and style. The Air Max+ 2013 was the first to feature deeper flex grooves to promote natural flexibility.
If you’re going for a retro style, try the colored overlays of the Air Max 90 or the wavy designs of the Air Max 95. Former slugger Ken Griffey Jr. sees the return of his popular signature baseball shoe as a training version, which takes style into a new league with a jagged wave along the sides of the shoe.
Nike Max Air allows comfort during high impact. When your feet are pounding the turf you’ll feel like you’re walking on air. To see all the different styles and technology that Nike offers, check out our complete selection of Nike shoes.