Part three of our celebration leading up to Air Max Day 2019 takes aim at the third landmark model in the history of big-bubbled running shoes, the Air Max 95. Following looks at the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90, we’re here to collect a few of the greatest Air Max 95s ever, from rare grails to a few more easily attainable options strong enough to be worthy of your weekly rotation. All are guaranteed to have you laced properly for this year’s Air Max Day festivities.
Released in 1995, the Air Max 95 signaled a shift in Air Max technology and culture. The shoe was the first Air Max running shoe not designed by Tinker Hatfield, after Sergio Lozano took over the helm for ‘95s flagship Air Max model. The design, which was inspired by pieces of the human anatomy including the rib cage and spine, featured a wavy upper that first appeared in a white, to grey, to black gradient color scheme with neon green accents. Of course, the OG “Neon” look is now one of the most iconic sneaker colorways ever created. The Air Max 95 was also the first model to feature visible Air units in the forefoot as well as the heel for more Air than the world had ever seen before. Although full of technology, the Air Max 95 was not preferred by most core runners, and the silhouette was the first Air Max model that was embraced almost exclusively by casual, style-minded sneaker consumers from the get-go.
Twenty-four years and countless colorways later, the Air Max 95 is still among the most popular sneakers on the planet. And you can bet that we have all the essential releases here at Stadium Goods. Find your next pair in the list of must-have drops below.
Like we said in the intro, the “Neon” Air Max 95 is one of the most iconic sneakers of all time. A guaranteed sell-out every time it drops, this is one of the hardest sneakers for us to keep in stock. Grab a pair before they all disappear and you’re left waiting at the mercy of Nike to release them again.
Legendary graffiti artist Stash has teamed with Nike for some epic sneakers throughout the years, and few have been more memorable than this Air Max 95. The silhouette features his signature blue, grey, and black color palette in premium suede, nubuck, and leather all completed with a speckled midsole for the perfect touch. Limited upon its initial release, Stash’s ‘95 is becoming increasingly rare in any form, not to mention deadstock condition.
From the 2011 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection by Nike and the Portland, Oregon children’s hospital, this Air Max 95 has remained one of the most memorable drops from the charitable program to date. Designed by patient Daniel Bair, who was diagnosed with Astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer, the silhouette takes on a patriotic look in a white and metallic red upper with blue and gold accents. Special details include “Be Brave” across the upper, lightning bolt graphics, on the heels, stars on the toe, and the message “Just Like Everybody Else” on the insoles.
A second memorable edition of the Air Max 95 from the Doernbecher Freestyle Collection, this colorway from 2015 was designed by Jacob Burris, who suffers from a rare heart condition. The unique circuit board graphic takes inspiration from the nickname his family endearingly calls him, the “Bionic Boy,” due to the fact that he has artificial pieces implanted into his heart to keep it pumping. The colorway was actually just re-released this month as part of the 15th anniversary for the Doernbecher Freestyle Collection, and you can still pick up the original here at Stadium Goods.
This bold Air Max 95 from 2018 is the perfect example of when camouflage is meant out stand out, not blend in. The “ERDL Party” colorway features the classic camo print designed by the ERDL (Engineer Research & Development Laboratories) division of the US Army in 1948 in an array of colors from the standard green and brown to white and pink. Also available in black.
Another memorable camo edition of the Air Max 95 is this recent women’s colorful that creatively combines digi-camo and floral patterns into one unique and very fresh print.
In 2015 streetwear brand Stussy celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Max 95 with a collaboration that presented the shoe in premium ripstop nylon and mesh with a neoprene tongue for the perfect touch. Released in three colorways (including black and blue), we’re feeling this olive version the most.
Famous in the sneaker world for his Air Jordan 1 collaboration from 2012, painter Dave White teamed up with UK retailer size? for a special two-colorway pack of the Air Max 95 in 2016. The “Albion Collection” featured the no-sew construction of the Air Max 95 with each of the wavy panels in different paint-splattered graphics that are taken from a series of White’s paintings that interpret Great Britain’s native wildlife through his artistic eye. Also in an orange colorway, here we have the light tan version.
In 2006 famed Japanese retailer atmos went wild with the Air Max 1 and Air Max 95 for the “Animal Pack” in numerous animal fur prints across the upper of each shoe. The legendary pack was back by popular demand in 2018, and just like the Air Max 1, the 95 was slightly modified to include solid black pony hair on the uppermost panel instead of the original white. And just like the Air Max 1, nobody cared about the tweak, and these quickly sold out and are now highly sought after.
The latest version of the Air Max 95 from atmos is from the “We Love Nike” pack of 2018, which features the model in an OG-inspired color block with graphic print of Air Max shoe boxes layered into the wavy paneling. This colorway with jade green accents was sold exclusively by atmos in limited quantities, leaving it the rarest release in the pack that also contained the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90.