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This or That: Low Key Alternates to Nike Air Max Hype

You know the Nike Air Max collection and some of its most essential designs, right? But are you familiar with these low-key alternatives that are just as saucy? Check out ten of our favorite less-heralded Air Maxes available now.


Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 “Red”  vs. Air Max 98 “University Red”

Fans of Supreme who missed out on the brand’s exclusive Nike Air Max 98 collection in 2016 were hit with a reprise of sorts when The Swoosh released this eerily similar design a few years later.


Atmos x Air Max 1 “Animal Pack 2.0” vs. Women’s Air Max 1 “Animal Print”

Into some of the more wild Nike Air Max looks? You’re in luck. Styles range from atmos’ eccentric Air Max 1 “Animal Pack 2.0” to the Women’s Air Max 1 “Animal Print” you see here. Both sneakers break necks and attract attention without fail.

Atmos x Nike Air Max 90 “Duck Camo” vs. Air Max 90 “Reverse Duck Camo”

As you can see, atmos has been laying the groundwork for how to accentuate the daring side to Nike’s Air Max collection for years. While not an official collaboration, the brand’s wild vibes certainly inspire the more readily available Air Max 90 “Reverse Duck Camo.”

Nike Air Max 90 “Moon Landing” vs. Air Max 90 “Mars Landing”

Describing the excitement surrounding the Nike Air Max 90 “Moon Landing” and “Mars Landing” as anything short of being hyped-to-the-moon—pun intended—is an understatement.


Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 vs. Air Max 97 "Summit White"

There’s nothing vanilla about the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 from Nike’s “The 10” series, nor its equally clean all-white Air Max 97 relative. Both models offer plenty in terms of versatility, timeless styling and, of course, comfort.

 DSM x Nike Air Max 1 vs. Nike Air Max 1 Essential " White”

Like its name implies, the Nike Air Max 1 Essential “White” is a must-have for anyone looking to test the waters of Air Max royalty. It also renders nearly identical in design to one of our favorite Dover Street Market collaborations.


Supreme x Nike Air Max Tailwind 4 vs. Air Max Tailwind 4 “Triple Black”

Shrewd in its selection of classic Nikes to rework, Supreme’s Air Max Tailwind 4 from 2019 helped popularize the heritage performance runner with a new generation of devoted sneaker fans and collectors.

CDG x Nike Air VaporMax vs.  Air VaporMax "Triple Black"

Still feeling the Comme des Garçons x Nike Air VaporMax all these years later? There are alternatives galore, as Nike has produced numerous all-black Flyknit versions of the VaporMax for both women and men.

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