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Air Max Classics get a techy upgrade.

Mesh used to be such a simple thing. More breathable than leather and lighter than canvas, it was a welcome feature on running shoes. It looked pretty cool, too, and for decades, it was mostly unchanged. Leave it to Nike to flip the script.

The Swoosh’s Engineered Mesh debuted in the brand’s performance line of sneakers, namely the LunarGlide+ 4 and the Air Pegasus+ 29. Now it’s showing up in the lifestyle line as well.

“Engineered mesh allows us to build and embed multiple zones of functionality into a single surface,” says running footwear design director Rob Dolan. “It eliminates seams and reduces the layering of materials.” That means shoes perform better and weigh less. And given what the Nike Sportswear team did with this Sunset Collection of Air Maxes, it makes them better looking, too. Win, win, win. All available June 1.

1. Nike Air Max 180
$120, nike.com
2. Nike Air Max 1
$110, nike.com
3. Nike Air Max 97
$155, nike.com
4. Nike Air Max 90
$120, nike.com

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