The shoe, which was presented to the public as a running shoe until 2018, also determines a specific lifestyle. Two men (apart from Nike) stay behind the creation of this icon. Frank Rudy is responsible for an incredible technological revolution. Compressing gas into urethane capsules and using it to give the shoe a better cushioning without increasing its weight is a technology he brought from NASA, where he worked as an engineer.
The other man can be non-other than Tinker Hatfield. An innovative designer working for Nike, with practice from architecture. It could be the reason why the design of the first Air Max was inspired by the architecture of the Center Georges Pompidou building in Paris, which looks kind of inside out. It reveals the internal construction, which also applies to the Air Max 1, which were the first shoes with air capsule technology. It was the year 1987, even though the system has been used since 1978 (Air Tailwind model).
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