Sneaker News Presents: 25 Years of Visible Air on Sneakerpedia

March 6, 2013 BY

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Sneaker News is jumping back into the Sneakerpedia archives once again. What’s the topic this time? We wanted to give a little bit more shine to the Visible Air technology, Tinker’s brainchild that quietly celebrated its 25th anniversary as of last year. We dug through the various collections on display over at Sneakerpedia in an attempt to uncover some of the most revered, aesthetically striking, and technologically advanced vis-Air sporting sneakers over the years. The result is a visual history of the progression of Nike’s Air Max revolution from 1987 all the way up to 2012. Join us after the jump for a look at the sneakers selected, some OG and some not, and make sure you head to Sneakerpedia to see what other gems are waiting to be discovered.

Nike Air Max 1

The sneaker that started it all back in 1987. Tinker Hatfield had the idea of exposing the guts on Nike’s Air technology and a revolution was born. The Nike Air Max 1 remains one of the most beloved silhouettes to date and has been revived countless time via the retro and collabo route.

Nike Air Stab

The first shoe to pick up on Nike Air Max technology after the original ’87 broke ground with the look. The Nike Air Stab (short for “Stability”) partitioned off the midsole window. True heads will remember the curious “Stabb” designation that hung around on box tags for a while.

Nike Air Max Light

The Nike Air Max Light debuted in 1989, originally coming under the ‘Nike Air Max II’ moniker. The sneaker did indeed shave weight off of the 1987 build, and also came with a two-piece midsole build and an extra bit of Air crammed into the forefoot.

Nike Air Max 90

The Nike Air Max 90, originally known as the Nike Air Max III, brought back the classic bag with a new bit of tooling for the sole. Not to mention OG colorways like the ‘Infrared’, shown here, that has long since secured its spot in the halls of sneaker history.

Air Jordan VI

The Air Jordan lineup was no stranger to borrowing a bag here and there. The Air Jordan VI made its debut back in 1991 and was the last Air Jordan from the Tinker Hatfield days to feature the traditional visible Air unit.

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