5 Best Nike Air Max 1 Releases In 2022

When it was launched in 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 revolutionized its technology and style. And with the release of Air Max 1, an Air Max line was born, which has since revealed many other silhouettes including Air Max 90, 95, 360, 180, 720 and many more.

Combined with striking color combinations and unprecedented comfort, the Nike Air Max 1 has continued to capture the attention of sneakerheads as well as athletes. Ahead, we have compiled a list of the top 5 colors that have been launched this year that can be used in today’s market.


Everything You Need To Know About The Top 5 Nike Air Max 1 Colorways Launching Through June 2022

1) Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 1 Wheat

Released exclusively on Travis Scott’s official e-commerce site, the Wheat colorway came as a surprise to fans, as it was originally intended to be a friend and family pairing only.

The kicks are quite similar to the silhouette’s Baroque Brown colorway. The sneaker opts for a dark beige hue across the upper in a suede construction, while a softer yellow tone appears on the mesh below. The black hue takes over the leather lining and accents, while hits of red can be seen on the laces, straps and back of the tongue.

Inverted swooshes and a distressed midsole complete the design. “Cactus Jack” branding appears on the insoles and the racing flag patch accents the heels. The wheat pair, which dropped exclusively at Travis Scott’s shop, was released as a raffle, for a retail price of $150.


2) Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 Far Out

Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 Far Out (Image via Concepts)
Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 Far Out (Image via Concepts)

The Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 Far Out is a collaboration between the two respected labels to commemorate the music festivals of the 1960s. The vibrant colorway is inspired by the culture, music and style of the 60s.

In the Far Out colourway, there is a mix of colorful mosaic graphics with lightweight denim fabrics. Paisley prints and guitar strap graphics are seen throughout the upper. The swooshes unusually opt for flower embroidery and striped patterns, instead of the usual monochromatic color scheme.

The tongue is dressed in a red-velvet colorway that’s inspired by the M-65 jacket, popular in the ’60s. Subtle patterns of stars, moons and more appear on the toeboxes. The hang tag is dressed in the shape of a guitar. The design is completed with the white speckled midsole. The shoes were released on SNKRS on March 26, 2022 for a retail price of $170.


3) Nike Air Max 1 model

To commemorate Air Max Day 2022, the swoosh label has released these shoes which have been crafted from premium materials and highlight the silhouette’s overall impact on the world.

The shoes come dressed in the White/Dark Marina Blue/Leche Blue colorway. The upper is constructed from mesh materials coated in white, while durabuck and tumbled leather materials appear as the overlays, dressed in a blue grid pattern.

The heel accents a globe embroidery, which is a tribute to the brand’s home state of Oregon, while classic Air logo branding completes the design. The sneakers were released exclusively in the North American region on March 26, 2022 for a retail price of $160.


4) Nike Air Max 1 The City of Light

Air Max 1 The City of Light (Image via Nike)
Air Max 1 The City of Light (Image via Nike)

This Air Max 1 colorway is an ode to Paris and its famous building, the Center Pompidou, which also inspired shoe designer Tinker Hatfield’s OG silhouette. La Ville Lumière’s nickname translates to “City of Lights”.

The shoes opt for the Summit White/Light Bone/Light Smoke Gray colorway.

The overlays are dressed in a Light Gray colorway in Durabuck materials, while the collars are crafted from Tumbled Leather materials. The shoe comes dressed in a stunning color scheme, which looks muted at first glance, but colorful and iridescent in its detail. The official site reads,

“This Air Max Day, we pay homage to Paris as the City of Light. Premium nubuck and natural colors such as Summit White, Light Bone and navy accents reflect the city’s fashion and tradition, while iridescent paneled overlays on the upper make this Air Max 1 shine like “The City of Light”.

The woven tongue is marked with “3.26” lettering, which references the Air Max Day 2022, while “La Ville Lumière” lettering makes its way onto the outsoles. The look is complete with a white Air Max sole unit and a wrapped silver metallic keychain.

This pair of shoes was another region-exclusive release, dropping only in Europe on March 26, 2022 for a retail price of $160.


5) Nike Air Max 1 Light Madder Root and Worn Blue

Air Max 1 Light Madder Root and Worn Blue (Image via Nike)
Air Max 1 Light Madder Root and Worn Blue (Image via Nike)

The Air Max 1 Light Madder Root and Worn Blue colorway was part of the swoosh label’s Spring catalog and comes outfitted with the titular Spring-inspired hues.

The Light Madder Root colourway can be seen on the toes, laces and collars of the shoes, while the bright Worn Blue hue appears on the midfoot panels. They are constructed in trail shoe aesthetics and feature a grid-like pattern on the insoles.

The upper is constructed in mesh-based layers, while the overlays are constructed from premium suede, which contrasts the underlays with rattan-hued dress collars. According to the Nike site, these sneakers are a nod to traditional hiking boots,

“Premium suede overlays transition from desert hues to worn blue, a cooling bright green Swoosh brings the calm of an oasis, and airy 2-tone mesh helps you stay comfortable when temperatures soar. Finally, the 3-tone laces nod to traditional hiking boots.”

Pops of bright green color accent the iconic swooshes and Nike branding to the tongue. The traditional Air Max bubbles are a gradient pale lime color, matching the tongue labels and insoles. The shoes were released on SNKRS on May 19, 2022 for a retail price of $150.


A Brief Look at the History of the Nike Air Max 1

The Nike Air Max 1 is inspired by the avant-garde open architecture from the inside out of the Center Pompidou in Paris. For the silhouette, shoe designer Tinker Hatfield cut a small window into the Air Max 1’s midsole, giving Nike Air technology visibility for the first time.

The technology consists of a resistant and flexible pressurized air bag, which gives the shoe more dynamism and spring. without compromising its basic structure. The Air sole unit helps maintain elasticity, keeping the shoes light and comfortable.

The swoosh’s trademark Air cushioning springs back to its original shape after absorbing the impact of body weight. The Air technology resulted in a significant change in shoe weight, without reducing performance eligibility.

The shoe’s design started as a cushioning experiment and quickly turned into a street and track icon. Over the years, even though the silhouette has been revamped and reinvented many times, its legacy remains the same.


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