The Air Max 1 sneaker made its debut 33 years ago today. The Tinker Hatfield-designed shoe was the first to showcase the brand’s air cushioning technology, and Nike celebrates the breakthrough every March 26 with Air Max Day. As in past years, Nike dropped several limited-edition Air Max shoes today, and 1xRun joined in the celebration with art shoe drops by three Detroit- and one Montreal-based artists.
Let’s start with the Motor City. Behind the Legacy (main image above) by TYP is available as a 15″ x 20″ print for $100. Half of the 34 available prints already sold. Artist and sneaker creator El Cappy, who’s actually worked with Nike before, made a collage titled AMD that also sells for $100 with 34 prints made. Sheefy McFly, who was wrongly arrested last year for painting a permitted street mural, made 15 original Nike-themed art pieces (image above). Unfortunately, all of his artwork sold out already.
As we switch to Montreal, we also switch from wall art to original sculptures. French-born Smoluk, a self-described “fashion vandal,” recreated Air Max 90s (image below) using recycled cardboard boxes from the likes of Randy’s Donuts, LEGO, and Rick & Morty. The cardboard shoes sell for $300.
Like most Nike athletes, this shoe art is going fast. Check out the remaining inventory here.