Year Released: 1991
Standout Feature: More visible Air than ever before
As great as the “Infrared” window was on the Air Max 90, by the following year, Nike had already found a way to strip away more foam and make the Air unit bigger than ever. Enter the Air Max 180, which introduced 180 degrees of visible Air cushioning and gave athletes a softer and closer to the ground ride than ever before. Designed by the team of Tinker Hatfield and Bruce Kilgore, the 180 was a labor of love and according to Nike’s Director of Cushioning Innovation Dave Forland, it was actually one of the most difficult Air Max sneakers to make.
Like its predecessors, the Air Max 180 was also extremely popular in the streets, and it was actually used on the very first Kanye West sneaker collaboration, although only a handful of samples are said to exist.