May 29th, 2014 by John Kim / 41
There are several significant dates on the sneaker calendar that one should be aware of every year, and most of them encircle the basketball genre – we’re talking Nike signatures, Foamposite-related releases, All-Star, and so forth. One tradition that’s been, quite frankly, falling in the ranks of importance is he debut of the flagship Air Max shoe, a sneaker that for a long stretch in the brand’s history was Nike’s most important product roll out of the year. There are a number of reasons why the annual Air Max shoe doesn’t get the love it’s used to getting, but it’s mostly due to the shoe’s high retail price, the rising popularity of the lesser-priced Flyknit, the evolution of the running shoe towards a minimized midsole, and the fading “wow” factor that we expect from a shoe with such an honorable name (or maybe we’ve just been spoiled).
The last few years, Nike has really focused on the actual Air Max construct of the sneaker, giving the full-length Air unit a true bare-foot “Free” like anatomy while pumping it with as much gas as possible. Not saying the upper designs have been a miss, but it’s hard to say if there has been that iconic design that truly lives up to the 95s and the Plus-es of the lineage. In comes the Air Max 2015; thick, Dynamic Flywire cables on the upper, daring Air Max branding on the unit itself, Engineered Mesh (an underrated material that continues to impress), and the bold reverse-Swoosh on the heel make up the list of features on the upcoming sneaker, and by the first look, we can deduce that the Air Max series can’t be ignored. These are likely to launch at the end of the year, so check out the first detailed look and let us know what you think of the next Air Max shoe of the legendary series.
These are already available on the after market. don't tell me some Chinaman has been busy make fakes or replicas typical retail tool. Nike has been manufacturing these 2015 all of 2014 and are finally they have the millions of pairs needed to make a release. What that means is while they have been making millions of pairs (as Nike sells well over 300,000 pairs all models worldwide DAILY, yes every day) each day dozens of these shoes are made by the Nike factory but the quality control weeds out product deemed not worthy of retail standards. That does not make the other shoes fakes or counterfeit. Nike can destroy or donate (yeah like they are going to donate 2015 model year shoes) or back door sell their "trash" blemished defects on the secondary market. So follow along they are able to sell their "trash" they otherwise would have to destroy or donate at a substantial profit. So when you order up Nikes 2015 air max that are not even out in stores yet believe these are official real Nikes and they can be had for around $65 not $180 retail and they will hold up great. Understand a small scuff or glue smudge qualifies for rejected standard during quality control so the smallest blemish that keeps the items from being able to sit on a retail shelf for $180 is what makes the item available aftermarket for the exact same product. Chinatown Chinatown Chinatown
from the top view these look like the most comfortable air maxes yet... retail at $160 and we're talking
@qtbigwatts they used the same air max unit from '09 all the way to the 2012 pairs, i don't think they're gonna change the unit anytime soon
@therealfern was thinking the same. They have that flyknit look form the top down.
@greghall024 yeah if its 160 i'm down .... air maxes keep going up in price ... and keep going on sale before i buy them lol