*If your all-time fave is absent from this countdown, feel free to angrily set us straight in the comments below
10. Nike SB Eric Koston 2 Max
Not the snappiest name for a trainer, admittedly, but this 2014 mash-up between an Air Max and Eric Koston‘s signature skateboarding shoe is the perfect mix of slinky design and ouch-my-eyes colours.
9. Nike Air Max 97
Stretching the air bubble out to insane extremes, these mad silver bastards looked like you should wear them while being pursued around a spaceship by a bloodthirsty robot.
8. Nike Air Max 1 ACG
Nike loves smooshing existing designs together, and in 2010 it smooshed the classic Air Max 1 into the ACG line (that’s “All Conditions Gear”). Not sure how far you’d get tackling “all conditions” in these, but they’ll certainly make you look cool on the treadmill down the gym – which is the main thing, let’s be honest.
7. Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse
Nike has been updating the classic Air Max 90 by reissuing it in Hyperfuse form, which involves “fusing three different layers of material using a hot-melt process, creating an unusually sturdy shoe with superior breathability”. Good news for sweat-like-a-pig types.
6. Nike Air Structure Triax 91
So many madcap angles, all on one shoe – but hey, it worked. Three cheers for angles.
7. Nike Supreme Air Max 1 Animal Pack
Ultra-cool Japanese sneaker store ATMOS were offered the chance to remix the Air Max 1 and came up with this magnificently insane beast, which requires no small amount of swagger to pull off. Sidenote: While wearing a pair of these, a friend of Unbound’s deputy editor was stopped by a stranger in the street, who purchased them then and there for a very hefty chunk of cash.
4. Nike Air Max 180
If you’ve ever owned a pair of these in the classic colourway above, you’ll know the gut-wrenching agony of getting that first big stain on them. *sob*
3. Nike Air Max BW
First released in 1991, these rave-era kicks rightfully belong in just one classic colourway: black, white and “Persian violet” (a.k.a. purple). The BW stands for “Big Window”, on account of the air bubble seemed pretty massive at the time – although compared to the jumbo-sized madness that was to follow, it’s actually fairly low-key.
2. Nike Air Max 1 X Liberty
When creating women’s trainers, Nike often uses the industry-standard ‘shrink it and pink it’ method – i.e they take a men’s shoe design, then scale it down and ‘girly’ it up. Which is why the hugely popular collaborative series with London poshos Liberty has been such a breath of fresh air, and proof that trainers can be ladylike without being lame.
1. Nike Air Max 1
The 1987 originals, and still the best – particularly in the above all-time-great colourway. The trainer-iest trainers of all time.