Nike Air Max 1

Released: 1987

Complex Says: "Why don’t we just cut a big hole in the midsole?” And the rest is history. Prior to Tinker Hatfield, the Air unit in sneakers wasn’t exposed. Inspired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tinker could see the inside of the building – escalators, heating, and air conditioning, even the people, and as he called it “the guts.” He brought that idea to the sneaker people at Nike. After much debate and convincing and a little remodeling of the Air Bag for full cushion, the exposed Air unit was born.