Year released: 1987

Tinker Hatfield came up with the idea of the Air Max 1 after seeing the Pompidou Centre in Paris- an un-covered building exposes its design. A viewer can see the inner structure of the building from the outside. By this point, Nike already had Air in its sneakers, but Tinker wanted to show consumers what actually made the sneakers comfortable. It wasn't as highly-touted of an idea as people would assume. Nike designers felt the idea was gimmicky. But Tinker eventually won out, and built the foundation for the Air Max line. The first sneaker in the series is still important to this day because of its perfect blend of form and function. Every pattern piece and midsole groove was used to accent the visible Air unit. It was a simple sneaker, but light years ahead of the competition grey suede sneakers of its time.