Through the long and rich lineage of Nike‘s Air Max products, few silhouettes stand out as much as the Air Max 95 — a shoe that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary by way of an entirely new Air Max Zoom 950 silhouette. Debuting exclusively in Japan as a nod to the AM95’s immense popularity in the island nation, this new Nike Sportswear sneaker is past, present and future all wrapped up into a single striking package.
Much as the Sergio Lozano-designed Air Max 95 drew from the human anatomy, the Zoom 950 uses layers and lines to hammer home its inspiration. Semi-translucent synthetic mesh appears on the neutral-colored grey base and is overlaid by a red Swoosh and swooping, printed design lines that are almost Air Max 97-esque in nature. Fabric lace loops poke out from under this assemblage, with a stripped-back black neoprene tongue and grey toe bumper holding down the forefoot.
Heels serve the shoe’s signature detail with a printed Japanese flag graphic, while midsoles are split between neon-toned Zoom Air pucks in the forefoot and bulbous black Air Max 270-style units in the heel. Black and neon outsoles round off the look.