words // Nick Engvall

For many sneaker collectors, summer is the time to bring out the cargo shorts and some of those rare gems in the collection that spend most of the year tucked deep in the closet avoiding jeans and wet weather. For a lot of us it also means that the slow period on the basketball court means that Jordan shoes and other basketball shoes, are temporarily benched for a more casual sneaker. That in turn means that running shoes like Nike’s Air Max line become a focal point for a short period of time before fall sends us back indoors.

This week’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes a look at a couple of those Nike Air Max shoes that have become somewhat cult status with their following. The Nike Air Max Plus introduced us to Tuned Air in 1998, and it quickly became a popular variation from the traditional Air Max units that were available in shoes like the Air Max 95. The 95, coincidentally, was still such a popular model that even in 1998 it was being re-released even as a new Air Max design was turning heads.

While the Nike Air Max 98 has yet to return in retro form since it originally released, it has remained highly sought after by Air Max fans. Considering the likelihood that most pairs you see now have seen better days, and are probably crumbling like that muffin you had with your coffee this morning, the lure of the Air Max 98 continues to grow with time. Although the traditional Air Max 98 that most remember can be seen in the second image, the Air Max 98 featured two variations with similar designs. One featured traditional Air Max cushioning, the other, featured Tuned Air cushioning. Both of which, would be a welcome addition to most collector’s closets.

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Running 1998 Air Max, Tuned Air, Air Max 95,

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Running 1998 Air Max, Tuned Air, Air Max 95,