In further celebration of Air Max Day, the Swoosh has selected 12 RevolutionAirs, some of the most audacious creators from around the globe, to reimagine the future of Nike Air Max alongside the Nike Design team. Each RevolutionAir has in turn co-created a design that expresses their world through Air Max.
The 12 RevolutionAirs are Alexandra Hackett (London), Artemy Lebedev (Moscow), Bunyamin Aydin (Istanbul), Celement Balvoine (Amsterdam), Fabikr (Seoul), Kyle Ng (Los Angeles), Lourdes Villagómez (Mexico City), Naotaka Konno (Tokyo), Sean Wotherspoon (Los Angeles), Shangguan Zhe (Shanghai), Chen Tianzhuo (Beijing), and Venus X (New York), as today we get to meet the three North American entries.
Courtesy of Nike:
Alexandra Hackett (London)
Hackett’s shoe combines elements from the Air Max 1, 90, 180, 93, 95, 97, Plus, 360 and 2015.
Artemy Lebedev (Moscow)
Lebedev’s shoe pairs the Air Max 97 silhouette with a blacked-out, reflective upper and a zip-up shroud covering the laces.
Bunyamin Aydin (Istanbul)
Aydin’s shoe reflects Eastern cultural history by combining artisanal textures with contemporary digital printing.
Clément Balavoine (Amsterdam)
Balavoine’s shoe draws inspiration from the upper of the Air Max 90 and the tongue and tooling of the Air Max 97, with additional details like cryptic numbers printed on the airbag.
Fabrikr’s shoe is inspired by sneakerheads wrapping their shoes in plastic, as well as the morning fog at Nike WHQ. It places transparent material on the upper of the OG red and white Air Max 1.
Kyle Ng (Los Angeles)
Ng’s Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit has hand-painted, neutral colors and hints of infrared with a heel that reads, “Give a damn,” in support of expression and empathy.
Lourdes Villagómez (Mexico City)
Villagómez’s Air Max 1 x Air Max 90 hybrid is inspired by the vibrance of the Quetzal bird found in the forests of Central America.
Naotaka Konno (Tokyo)
Konno’s shoe combines a Flyknit upper and Air Max 97 airbag with inspiration from Tokyo’s club scene and street culture.
Sean Wotherspoon (Los Angeles)
Wotherspoon’s Air Max 97 x Air Max 1 hybrid is inspired by vintage Nike hats from the ‘80s.
Shangguan Zhe (Shanghai)
Zhe’s shoe has an upper featuring a pattern inspired by the wings of Dragon Flies, one of the lightest creatures found in nature.
Chen Tianzhuo (Beijing)
Tianzhuo’s shoe draws inspiration from ski boots, bugs, plate armor, and the KOBE IX Elite.
Venus X (New York)
Venus X’s shoe pairs an Air Max 97 upper — in the classic Air Max Plus colorway — with bold lettering on the toe and leg.
Last night, Nike feted the campaign with an event at their New York City showroom, which has been transformed into a Sneakeasy featuring plenty of iconic Air Max silhouettes, as well as the plethora of releases they’ve been dropping throughout the month leading to Air Max Day. There’s also a sneak peek at a new gray VaporMax that doesn’t have a release date yet. Get a look at what went down in the gallery below.
Polls will be open until March 25, and the winner will then be announced the following day on the 26th, with their shoe being released in 2018.
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