Year Released: 2013
Standout Feature: First Air Max sneaker with a full Flyknit upper
In 2013, Nike released an update to the annual model, the Air Max 2013, built with a full Flyknit upper. The knitted technology had been introduced just a year prior, but it didn’t take long for the Nike Running team to find a way to implement it into an Air Max sneaker. On the road, this resulted in more breathability than previous models and a lightweight sock-like fit.
Meanwhile, on the streets, the addition of Flyknit gave the Air Max series a stylish makeover that was reminiscent of the series’ design breakthroughs in the ’90s. To emphasize the gradient pattern used on the Flyknit uppers, Nike extended the color fade to the full 360-degree Air bag, a technique that would become a staple of the Air Max line in the years that followed.