Nike pioneered what we now know as the modern running shoe back in 1972 with the Cortez and have been pushing the limits ever since. In 1987, their Air technology burst from the midsole, resulting in Visible Air (and millions upon millions in sales). While Max Air worked its way through all categories, running was where its impact was felt most. Sergio Lozano's Air Max 95 is an all-time classic, but it's not alone.
Alternatives: Nike Air Max 90 "Infrared," Nike Air Max 1