I’ve never been much of a fan of the Nike Air Max as I’ve always favoured a slimmer, retro trainer than something very typically 90s (though I guess 90s is retro now). Also, since getting arthritis, I don’t think that very chunky shoes are flattering to swollen, chunky ankles, as rather than hiding the swollen ankle, it just adds to the overall mass.
However, as I mentioned, chunky trainers can be super comfortable, and many people with arthritis will find the cushioning beneficial. And as they seem to be in fashion at the moment, it’s nice when your footwear, mediated by necessity, suddenly becomes the cool choice.
Anyway, Nike brought out a super-looking version designed by Sean Wotherspoon, the Air Max 1/97, albeit in limited quantities (of course) and only in men’s sizes (of course).
They were released in the UK on the 24th of March, so I doubt you’ll be able to bag a pair now, but in the US they were only released yesterday so you may be in with a chance.
If you don’t manage to get your hands on a pair, admiring at these shoes has made me appreciate the design more: I like the fluid curves of the shoe, it’s very iconic, and I think if you like a chunkier trainer or a 90s aesthetic, these do look really good.
My favourite colour is the black, mainly because I’m in a black-trainer mood at the moment:
but I think that if you really want to embrace the 90s aesthetic, you should really go for a metallic pair. When the originals were designed, futurism was an important part of 90s aesthetic: the internet was kicking off in a big way, sci-fi was in, the new millennium was coming, people thought that all computers would stop working at the turn of the millennium and we’d have some sort of dark age… they were simpler, interesting times. These metallic cashmere ones are very nice: metallic, but not in your face, a hint of millennial rose-gold. Perfect for 2018: