Launched in 1972, Nike soared to be one of the most renowned sportswear brands in the world today, largely because of the legendary and innovative footwears it has bestowed the market for decades. Whichever design you prefer, there is a Swoosh pair dedicated for you, that brings unmatchable comfort, durability, and style. Here, we’ve collated some of the most note-worthy sneakers the brand has produced since its inception, which will let you know why Nike has stood the test of time!
Introduced in 1982 as the first-ever basketball sneaker to sport the brand’s Air technology, AF’s paramount success continues until today. Be it from the low, to and the high top versions, it’s a classic that’s in until the modern times. Add the shoes’ features, such as the crisp leather edgings, springy padding in the midsole, and cushioned collar for best ankle support, there’s no wonder why AF had transitioned well over the years.
Rocked by the legend himself, basketball superstar Michael Jordan, this Air Jordan is a legacy that has become a staple pair and has produced many versions since its release in 1985. Don’t fret as it is not all heritage. AJ boasts premium construction, stunning color combinations, and remarkable durability and comfort, we can expect that love for this model with stay strong.
A brainchild of American designer Tinker Hatfield, Air Max was equipped with the first Nike-shoe visible air pocket and started the line that has now encompassed many decades. And, with its supreme padding, excellent upper materials, and striking color styles, it provides a ‘90s look that still fits any generation.
Released in 1991 and one of Hatfield’s many achieved, Air Huarache features absolute comfort that many athletes love, thanks to its flawless fit of the shape of the wearer’s foot and ankle. Blending in a nifty caging and neoprene-construction, it trailblazer the 90s markets and stays as one of the go-to-sneakers to date!
Nike Dunk SB
Born in 1985 with its fun colorways and minimalistic look, the Nike Dunk SB has become a popular street style shoe. Since its release, it remained any classic, despite many versions after the BTTYS Pack (1985 OG), such as the ‘White Black,’ “Bison,” “Paris,” and Supreme “White Cement & Black Cement.”
Nike Classic Cortez
Started as a running shoe in 1972, the Bill Bowerman-designed Nike Classic Cortez made of premium leather and synthetic leather built, accentuated by a minimalistic look, but offers long-term durability, making it one of the best Swoosh pair you can buy. Either you want to complete a sporty style or an off-duty appeal, these sneakers can be a complement beautifully.
Nike Mag is one wonder of the brand’s most sought-after silhouette, as only a few quantities became available for sale in its 2011 and 2016 release. It was designed after the shoe seen on the flick “Back to the Future Part II,” which is why it sports a futuristic aesthetic, space-age like material, plus an electroluminescent midsole – truly stunning!
There’s no doubt that Nike is dedicated to providing shoes focused on performance. But, it doesn’t to deviate sometimes, right? As such, the company released Nike Air Safari in 1987, featuring various colorways and materials with a unique safari print, providing that brand can go beyond the sport world and dive into the realm of “athleisure”.
Nike Air Yeezy
Though Yeezy and Nike’s relationship eventually turned heartbreaking, the collaboration made two significant releases: the Air Yeezy in 2009 and the Air Yeezy II in 2012 and 2014, which both sales have blossomed in their respective launches and still have a venerable reputation to this day.
While may find the Nike Waffle Racer as a surprise entry on this list, nothing can beat it and its predecessor, the Waffle Trainer, pivotal significance to the company’s history and success. It was the first running shoe released by the company, designed by Bill Bowerman, after sitting for breakfast with his wife and noticed that the waffle iron’s grooves can be a fantastic mold for sneakers – who thought that such fun origin will start a revolution in the shoe industry.
Those are some of the most iconic Nike shoes of all time. Do you have any of them? Make sure to flaunt your favorite shoes that bear the renowned Swoosh!