In 2014, Nike officially declared March 26th Air Max Day. The concept was simple: March 26th was a day to celebrate the initial release of the Air Max 1, and Air Max running shoes in general. Sneakerheads were encouraged to “Wear their Air,” and purchase both new and retro models. With the help of social media and strategically placed Nike pop-up shops around the globe, Air Max Day has become a footwear phenomenon over the last four years.

It’s worth reflecting on some of the Air Max models from 20 years ago — these are the shoes that helped mold and shape the legacy of Nike Air. Back then, there were some major overall themes: the Triax series, the Tailwind, Air Max, and the Air Max Plus. Each sneaker in the Eastbay catalog featured a technical description. For the runner’s information, the sneakers were broken up into different categories: Cushioned, Cushioned Support, Support, or Light weight. There was also a tiny diagram that showed where the Air was located – either in the heel, forefoot, or both.

Here’s a look back at some of the key models and colorways.


Air Max Triax and Triax Plus