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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

2. Nike Air Max

Year Released: 1987

What started as a small airbag in 1979’s Tailwind had grown and grown through the ‘80s, and by 1987 something had to give. What gave was the midsole. Tinker Hatfield cut away the foam, giving the Air room to breathe. What resulted was the Air Max, inspired by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, which is more or less an inside-out building that allows one to see all of the works. All that Air Max would become started right here.

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