AN ICON RECEIVES A PATRIOTIC TWIST. The Nike Air Max 1 updates the legendary design with patriotic colors while maintaining the same lightweight cushioning and comfort of the original. Benefits Leather at the toe and on the side provides support and durability. Mesh at the top of the forefoot enhances breathability. Lightweight foam sole with Max Air unit offers comfortable cushioning for all-day wear. Nike Air Max Origins Nike's revolutionary Air-Sole unit made its way into Nike footwear in 1978. In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted with visible air in its heel, allowing fans more than just the feel of Air-Sole comfort—suddenly they could see it. Since then, next-generation Nike Air Max shoes have become a hit with athletes and collectors by offering striking color combinations and reliable, lightweight cushioning.