The best Air Max sneakers you need to celebrate Nike’s Air Max Day

From the iconic Air Max 1 to the VaporMax, the AM line is well-loved. Here are the must-have pairs to help you ring in this year's Air Max Day, on March 26.

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Tinker Hatfield’s original Air Max 1 was released to the public in 1987, using Air Unit technology from NASA aeronautical engineer Frank Rudy. Fast-forwarding to 2022 and the Air Max empire has extended to 14 silhouettes in total.

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Sneakerheads show extra love to their Air Maxes on Air Max Day, which falls on March 26 and coincides with the 35th anniversary of the iconic Air Max 1 in 2022. Here are a few upcoming and classic pairs to

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Air Max 1 “Blueprint”

North America Exclusive Releasing March 26, 2022

White and sky blue dress this pair, which comes complete with royal blue Swooshes and a grid-patterned tongue tag. It’s not as geographically inspired as the accompanying “Wabi-Sabi” and “La Ville Lumiere” pairs, but you can’t go wrong with such a globally loved shade of blue.


DQM x Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon”, $130

Originally debuted in 2004 and rereleased in 2021, NYC sneaker boutique Dave’s Quality Meats and Nike created a sneaker that so beautifully brings home the bacon.


Air Max 2090 “Pure Platinum”, $109

An oldie but a goodie, this pair features all of the innovative technology of the Air Max in a futuristic white, black, red, and blue colorway.


Air Max 1 PRM “Wabi-Sabi”

Asia-Pacific and Latin America Exclusive Releasing March 26, 2022

“Wabi-sabi” is a Japanese-based philosophy that centers its inspiration on nature’s imperfections. As one of three Air Max Day releases, each shoe in this version complements the other with a mismatched color palette, contrasting overlay stitching, and an earthquake-cracked midsole.


Air Max 90 “Familia”, $143

It’s always good to have family in your corner. A pair of kicks that celebrates the endless love of family? You can’t go wrong.


Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 “Mellow”, $360

This Concepts collab was released in a set of three pairs of sneakers and has arguably already earned its title as one of the best Nike collabs of 2022.


Air Max 1 “La Ville Lumiere”

Europe Exclusive Releasing March 26, 2022

Inspired by the French city, the pair’s uppers are given an iridescent finish. The outsoles are translucent and give way to “La Ville Lumiere” (City of Lights) and “Printemps 2022” (Spring 2022) messaging.


Patta x Nike Air Max 1, $130-329

Another near flawless Air Max 1 collab, the Patta joints released in four pairs and featured a reconstructed, wavy silhouette. Available in blue, maroon, orange, and black, it’s one of Patta’s best Nike collabs to date.


Nike Air Max 97 “Metallic Gold”, $240

The Air Max 95 and 97 are similar in construction, but the 97 has a flatter sole, a different lacing system, and looks more like a lifestyle shoe. This particular 97 features all the earth tones you could ask for and gold never goes out of style.


Nike Air VaporMax Plus “Triple Black”, $210

The VaporMax Plus is the ultimate intersection between past and future. It takes features from the Nike Air Plus, while infusing it with elements that make it completely unique, like the bubbly sole and upper caging.


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