On July 1st, Nike scheduled the release of a fairly run-of-the-mill Nike Air Max 1 Men's/Women's release as a tribute to the upcoming Independence Day holiday. The shoes were decorated in red, white, and blue with a custom tongue logo and an embroidered flag on the heel – one that was in use as far back as 1777. The thirteen stars, arranged in a circular manner, represented the original thirteen colonies and has long been considered a symbol of patriotism.
Nike has pulled back the curtain on Tinker Hatfield‘s process behind one of his most legendary products with their recently-revealed Nike Air Max 1 Shoes “Schematic” and “Sketch,” and now the former has appeared in a new black iteration. The shoe’s dark base is accented with white lines to emphasize its hand-drawn nature, while Tinker’s design notes, material instructions, and measurements appear dispersed over the upper, ranging from “Add U-Throat” on the toebox to “Lateral View” and “Medial View” on each side’s quarter.
Although the overall design ethos is very similar to the Nike Air Max 1 Outlet Schematic in white — as the shoes are, after all, telling the same story — the main differences arrive on the rear half. Pinstripe detailing adds texture around each collar, and the right shoe swaps out its regular Nike Air hit in favor of Tinker’s signature and the date his design sketch was drawn: July 23rd, 1986. The look is then completed by a “Sample, Property Of Nike, Not For Resale” text graphic on the sockliner and a translucent outsole.
The novel split look applied to Nike Air Max 1 on Sale continues with a new pair arriving straight from the source. These new AM1 Premiums utilize a combination of navy and light blue with pink accents that's been highly sought after on classic running shoes from the same era, but the way it's done on these is perhaps more distinctive. Not only do these Air Max 1 PRMs stack the colors in succession rather than mixing them in a more traditional look, they also extend the split through the midsole and create a line that adds a new possibility to a shoe twenty-six years into its run.
After a sensory overload of the new and diverse, Nike brings it back to the basics with the Buy Nike Air Max 1, giving it a standard color blocking akin to the best of the OG. Though forgoing the usual Royal or Bright Reds, the forthcoming pair opts for earth tones in a sultry suede swatch, with adjacent accents gradually headings towards white from panel to panel. The smooth leathers are just slightly off-white with notes of a subtle tan, while mesh stays bereft of color, only showing off through its soft, woven textures.