With Air Max Day making its way upon us, I wanted to pay tribute to my all time favorite Air Max sneaker, the Air Max Plus. Originally released in 1998, this shoe was an instant classic with some serious flavor and comfort. The Tuned Air bag within the Air Max Plus offered stability driven cushioning that I still can’t get enough of.
This Air Max silhouette has not only withstood the test of time, but has seen constant production for the past 20 years! The Air Max Plus was created as the next best thing in running and grew to be a staple fashion piece in the sneaker community to. If you are on any sneaker related social media account then you’ll surely find multiple posts about this legendary sneaker. It’s futuristic design helps the AM Plus fit in perfectly with the trends of today while still carrying that retro vibe. Heck, this shoe has so much staying power of its own that it doesn’t even need collaborations to remain relevant.
Recently, Nike gave us retros of the Plus’s three most iconic colorways: Hyperblue, Sunset, and Purple.
As expected these retros sold out everywhere; but we all knew that would happen because of the nostalgia factor of OG colorways. I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of the non-OG colorways that graced the shelves over the past year since the old school offerings get so much attention! Lets take a look at some Tuned Air heat!
5. La Requin
This iteration releases later this month, and sports a pretty eye catching design. The sneakers are inspired by sharks (by the way, La Requin means shark in French) so you’ll find a sketch-like designs that resembles the predator’s dorsal fins along the upper. A dramatic Swoosh rounds out this Air Max Plus’s look too.
Black with hits of Volt…come on, you can never go wrong with that combination! This was a very clean and well executed colorway fit for Sam Fisher.
Released back in November of 2018, this colorway combined two classics. You receive the best of both worlds in the Hyperblue and Sunset colors stitched together right down the middle. This creative take on this Air Max Plus has the feeling of some the “What The…” sneakers released by Nike in recent years.
2. International Flag
We all know that anything related to the World Cup is always pretty awesome! These Air Max Pluses coincided with the 2018 World Cup and it didn’t disappoint. Sporting multiple flags across the upper with crispy white accents made these an instant pick up for many across the world.
Borrowing the iconic makeup from its predecessor, the Air Max 97, this shoe was an instant banger. The Air Max Plus wears this colorway extremely well and judging by the resell prices, I’m not the only one who thinks so – I still need to get ahold of these myself!
Let us know in the comments which Air Max Plus is your favorite.