With Flyknit, the Nike Air Max 1 Is Lighter Than Ever
How crazy is it that the Nike Air Max 1 is one year away from the big 3-0? Thanks to this big anniversary, and in keeping with a slew of revamped classics this year, Nike takes the groundbreaking Air Max 1 to the sky with a new update. Enter, the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit.
"I clearly have a strong affinity for the Air Max; however, it’s even more fun and amazing to watch our younger Design & Development teams operate," said original Air Max 1 designer Tinker Hatfield. "Design Innovation is picking up speed around here and a perfect example is through Flyknit. It’s getting lighter and more zoned for performance than I could ever have imagined."
Project Designer Ben Yun tackled Hatfield's OG creation head on which led to a series of prototypes for the revamped classic. "The goal was to celebrate the comfort and design of the Max 1, but simplify it as much as possible, so that you don’t have anything getting in the way of the true fundamentals of the shoe," said Yun.
The iconic runner now features open Flyknit contruction in the toe and tongue for ventilation, closed construction in the heel for added support and a no-sew upper above the midsole. For the first time ever, the Air Max 1 is finished off with lightweight and flexible Ultra material. Get a better look at the shoe (and the colorway options) below.
The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit releases in men's and women's sizes and colorways on July 28 globally.