Everyone knows about the “black tongue” sample that Sergio had on his desk for a Japanese magazine shoot, but sketches of the Air Max 95 display some interesting differences to the final release. As well as optioning a reverse fade from a white sole to a dark grey collar in contrast to the excellent (and functional) darker sole we know and love, 'AIR' was optioned to be embossed on the heel, right above the visible air unit.

A subtle change, but on a formula we’ve grown so familiar with over 20 years, it proves unusually intrusive.