Nike Air Max Day 2017: B/R Kicks' All-Time Air Max Top Ten

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2017

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Air Max 1 “Red”—Tinker Hatfield’s Air Max 1 changed everything. Technology became smarter and looked better. The original Air Max 1 didn’t simply fall into place, it helped send Nike into the MTV generation with savvy, timeless design elements. —Giancarlo King

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Air Max 95 Stash—The Air Max 95 Stash marked the first time speckled paint was used on any 95 model. Released in 2006, this helped reinvigorate the line. A gradient effect covering the upper turned the Air Max 95 Stash into a must-own pair. —Giancarlo King

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Air Max Safari—The Nike Air Safari debuted in 1987 and was one of the first luxury sneakers in a market obsessed with performance. Without the safari, there might not be a Yeezy boost. It moved the conversation toward that of the casual consumer. —Ishaan Mishra

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Air Max 97 “Silver”—Ten years after the Air Max 1, Nike gave us the Air Max 97 “Silver.” This shoe ushered the AM line into the next decade. Developed to look like a high-speed train, the “Silver” 97 marks a zenith period for Nike’s creativity. —Giancarlo King

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Air Max 1 “Liquid Gold”—Considering how important it is, the Air Max 1 should be enshrined forever. The “Liquid Gold” version was a step in the right direction, stylizing the best of Tinker’s initial design without compromising on quality. —Giancarlo King

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Nike Air Max 98 Supreme—Timeless silhouette meets a risky snakeskin. The "hypebeasts" needed this and so did the casual "sneakerheads." Supreme delivered on a one of a kind pair. Now we wait on the next one. —Dimetri Francis

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Air Max 90 “Infrared”—Tinker Hatfield’s third design, the Air Max 90 “Infrared,” remains classic. The “Infrared” colorway will always remind us of the Air Max 90. No sneaker since has looked better with those tones splashed across their canvas. —Giancarlo King

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Air Max 1 "Atmos"—In 2016, Nike asked the world which Air Max model should come back to life. Sneaker fans made their choice clear, yelling for the “Atmos” Air Max 1. The people spoke and we listened. The “Atmos” 1 is now a legacy shoe. —Giancarlo King

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Air Max Moon Landing—This sneaker harkens to a time of innovation. Whether it is the Lunarlon, the reflective 3M, the flag back panels or Tinker's beloved air bubble, every segment of this shoe is about changing the game and remembering those who did. —Ishaan Mishra

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Nike Vapormax—The latest Air Max tech breakthrough by Nike has led to one of the more polarizing sneakers in recent memory. But the sheer sense of awe from this shoe has outweighed everything, making the Vapormax instantly impactful. —Maurice Peebles

All photographs courtesy of Eric Helgas. And a big shoutout/thank you to Flight Club for providing all of the sneakers. You can follow Flight Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or simply visit their store located at 812 Broadway in New York.