Stepping into a new chapter while tipping its cap to the past, the Nike Air Max 1 "University Blue" is a refreshing take on a storied classic.
At first glance, the "University Blue" strikes a chord of nostalgia, taking us back to where it all began. Crafted meticulously in the tradition of Tinker Hatfield's groundbreaking design, this model bears a familial resemblance to the original Air Max 1, which took the sneaker world by storm in 1987. This contemporary version's base and middle layers are adorned in crisp whites and subtle greys, maintaining a clean and versatile palette that the Air Max 1 is celebrated for.
Yet, the titular blue flair steals the show, injecting life and character into the shoe. These vibrant blue mudguards aren't just a splash of color; they are a nod to a lineage, a tribute to the University of North Carolina, where iconic athletes have made their names under its storied blue banner. This blue graces the profile swooshes, extending a seamless visual harmony from the branding on the tongue and spine to the upper eyelets and collar lining.
Mirroring this striking upper, the Air Max bubble’s pillars don a matching hue, artfully bringing some of the shoe's vibrant blue underfoot. This is set in sharp contrast against the surrounding foam, which opts for a 'colorless' finish. This understated yet intentional design move places the emphasis back on that captivating blue.
Underneath it all, the waffle-patterned outsole remains loyal to its origins, maintaining the straightforward color-blocking that debuted in the first styles from 1987. It’s a gentle yet potent reminder of the Air Max 1’s roots, an homage to where this journey began.