Once again, we’re hot on the heels of Air Max Day. If you’re unfamiliar, Air Max Day is basically Christmas for Swoosh heads. March 26 marks the day that Nike — and all of its disciples — celebrate the iconic Air Max tech that has been a front runner in the world of sneakers since it first landed in 1987. The best bit of the celebration every year is Nike’s exclusive Air Max Day drop.
Some of the most grailed Air Max kicks in the game right now were birthed on March 26. Whether they’re designed by amateur designers who won the On Air competition and had their designs produced by Nike, or whether they're restocks of iconic past releases, Air Max Day drops are known for being some of the best all year.
With the help of Stadium Goods, we take a retrospective look back at some of the best Air Max Day releases of recent years.
Shop 9 of the best Air Max Day releases below.
Nike Air Max 1 Master
2017 saw the release of the Nike Air Max 1 Master which combines a number of fan-favorite details to give the mudguard serious historical value. We love the high-end black leather upper, too.
Nike Air Max 1 Premium Atmos Elephant 2017
Talk about a strong year. This Nike x Atmos Elephant restock happened in 2017 as well. A true icon in this Air Max 1 cannon, every detail — from the Tiffany Blue Swoosh to the Elephant mudguard — is a success here.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW Sean Wotherspoon
Arguably outshining any other release in 2017, though, was Sean Wotherspoon's corduroy Air Max 1/97. The Round Two Vintage founder linked up with Nike for the first time on this pair and has gone on to become a GOAT collaborator.
Nike Air Max 90 Reverse Duck Camo
Well, March 2020 was certainly a memorable month, though the release of the Nike Air Max 90 Reverse Duck Camo can't take all the credit there...
Nike Air Max 97 London
Designed by Jasmine Lasode, this Air Max 97 was picked by the public as a winner of the Nike On Air competition. Locals from major cities are invited to represent their hometown through design with the winners seeing their designs hit production.
Nike Air Max 97 Seoul
Also part of the 2019 On Air class, this night-time edition of the 97 translates the neon lights of South Korea's capital city into sneaker form.
Nike Air Max 97 Shanghai
The On Air competition inspired some real creativity. It's what makes the designs stand out so much against the sea of collaborations and general releases. This pair features ethereal ripstop layers to the upper as well as a suede mudguard.
Nike Air Max 1 Tokyo Maze
Anyone who has been to Tokyo and invariably got lost down one of the thousands of labyrinthine backstreets will understand what this pair is about.
Nike Air Max 90 Bacon 2021
Air Max Day 2021 gave us a long-awaited restock in the form of the Air Max 90 Bacon. This meaty colorway originally dropped in 2004 as a collaboration with New York boutique Dave's Quality Meat.
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