To commemorate Air Max Day, Nike’s annual celebration of the iconic cushioning technology, GOAT is paying homage by rounding up top silhouettes from the past and present. For Air Max Day 2020, Nike is feting the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 90 and the upcoming introduction of the Air Max 2090. The model serves as the ideal blank canvas for transforming the silhouette into a wide range of colorways and collaborations. While GOAT’s list includes iterations like the atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant” which pique the taste of OG sneakerheads, more recent colorways feature classic color blocking and fashion-forward style. With new models about to hit the shelves for Air Max Day 2020, refresh your memory with GOAT’s list of some of the best Air Maxes.
In 2013, Japan-based retailer atmos released a “Duck Camo” edition of the Air Max 90. By incorporating the shoe’s iconic “Infrared” into the collaboration in such a bold way, this Air Max has become one of the shoe’s most sought after iterations of all time. Other details include suede upper dressed in a “Duck Camo” pattern with black overlays on the toe box and collar and a snakeskin Swoosh on the sidewall.
Release Date: March 18, 2017
Lowest Price: $590 USD
This 2017 atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant” is a re-release of a 2006 collaboration with the Tokyo-based streetwear and sneaker boutique. After winning the 2016 Vote Back contest, this classic design featuring a black suede upper with a white toe box, “Elephant” print overlays and clear jade accents was brought back for Air Max Day more than a decade after its original drop.
Release Date: March 17, 2018
Lowest Price: $385 USD
Inspired by the 2006 collaboration between Nike and atmos, this atmos x Air Max 1 is an updated edition of the original collaboration. This is quite literally one of the Japanese imprint’s more wild colorways, dressed in pony, tiger, zebra, and leopard prints. Fans of this model may notice that the 2018 Air Max 1 features black detailing on the upper, replacing the ivory colors of the 2006 model.
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Lowest Price: $325 USD
Originally released in 2015 for the 25th anniversary of the Air Max 90 silhouette, the Nike Air Max 90 OG “Infrared” was designed to achieve a more retro look. Air Max fans may remember the original version of this model as one of Nike’s most important releases from the ’90s. It features a white mesh upper with grey suede and contrasting black leather overlays and “Infrared” accents on the tongue, heel, eyelets, midsole and outsole.
Release Date: March 26, 2020
Lowest Price: $250 USD
The new Air Max 2090 “Blue Hero” is named after the minimalist color palette used on the modern silhouette. As a descendant of the original Air Max 90, the 2090 features a visible Max Air unit that provides cushioning under the heel and a more futuristic translucent textile upper. Inspired by a sustainable future with electric- and solar-powered vehicles, the model also comes in a warm “Lava Glow” style.
Release Date: March 26, 2020
Lowest Price: $375 USD
This Air Max 2090 is being released as part of Nike’s 2020 Air Max Day festivities in a two-piece pack that also includes an Air Max 90. This “Infrared Duck Camo” colorway is inspired by atmos’ Air Max 90 collaboration from 2013, which featured a green and olive “Duck Camo” print throughout the upper. For this year’s release, the pattern is much more subtle beneath a semi-translucent textile overlay.
Release Date: February 2, 2020
Lowest Price: $130 USD
The Air Max 90 “London” comes from a City Pack released earlier this year that pays tribute to the hardworking people of global metropolises. This pair gives a shoutout to British postal workers who keep the mail moving throughout London, with a red ripstop nylon upper with matching red overlays, orange TPU accents and a navy leather mudguard. A postmark design is stamped on the circular tongue tag, featuring a portrait of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.
Release Date: July 13, 2019
Lowest Price: $100 USD
The Air Max 1 “Sketch To Shelf” reimagines the most simple Air Maxes with a work-in-progress theme. Released in July 2019, the shoe is adorned with original sketch notes and artwork from Nike master designer Tinker Hatfield. The shoe’s upper overlay and heel panel are executed in marbled grey synthetic suede, while the Swoosh branding and mudguard are ‘colored-in’ red like the first version from 1987.
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Lowest Price: $125 USD
This comfortable Air Max 270 “White” pulls the best elements from both the Air Max 180 and Air Max 93. The white mesh upper comes with a matching asymmetrical lacing unit, accented by gray hits on the heel pull tab and Swoosh logos on the toe box and side panel. Apart from the Air 270 branding on the tongue, the shoe has a very minimal aesthetic.
Release Date: February 29, 2020
Lowest Price: $115 USD
Releasing as part of a Nike Sportswear collection celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 90, the Air Max 720 “Bubble Pack” draws out the similarities between the cushioning of Max Air units and bubble wrap. Iridescent detailing that contrasts the sneaker’s off-white base surrounds the Max Air unit and is finished with a gradient blue and green coloring.