Nike Air Max Day: The Best Air Max Moments

It’s a double celebration at the weekend, as March 26th isn’t only the day before Easter (yay!) but also Nike Air Max Day – a celebration of 29 years of Air Max. From the first Air Max 1 pair in 1987 that introduced ‘visible air’ to the world, to the ground-breaking Air Max 90 (Infrared) in 1990 and moving us into a new chapter with the Air Max Flyknit in 2014, these shoes have certainly made their mark.

They’re hugely popular around the world – and have been a key fixture in our culture for nearly 30 years, appearing in some of our favourite movies, on the feet of well-known pop stars and even the US President! So grab your favourite pair and check out some of our favourite Air Max moments:

In pop music…

When Ella Eyre wore hers 90s sporty style…

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (4905806b) Ella Eyre Radio City Summer Live concert at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, Britain - 18 Jul 2015
Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock

We loved when Ella wore her Nike Air Max with a sporty vibe and tumbling curls. The pop starlet is a huge fan of Air Max and is rumoured to have around 32 pairs – with even a couple of bespoke pairs with ‘Feline’ written on them.

When Rita Ora Instagrammed hers…

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(Rita Ora Instagram)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by McPix Ltd/REX/Shutterstock (1970637g) Rita Ora Radio 1Xtra concert at The Apollo, Manchester, Britain - 13 Nov 2012 JACKET WORN BEFORE
Credit: Photo by McPix Ltd/REX/Shutterstock

Nike Air Max have been seen on a range of stars over the years, but in the last couple of years with the 90s trend hitting the catwalk, there has been real love for the more retro style of Air Max. Rita Ora even Instagrammed her obsession with the shoe – and is seen here performing in a metallic blue pair to complement her outfit!

In fashion…

When Vogue Williams wore hers street style…

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Thompson/REX/Shutterstock (3654680f) Vogue Williams Celebrities outside ITV studios, London, Britain - 17 Mar 2014
Credit: Photo by David Thompson/REX/Shutterstock

Putting a different spin on the sports shoe, we love the way Vogue teamed her Air Max with leather look leggings, a quilted shoulder bag and zebra print coat for a fashionable off-duty look.

When Sam Faiers showed off her abs in hers!

(Sam Faiers Instagram)

When Sam showed off her amazing abs thanks to all her hard work down the gym, it wasn’t just her abs we were looking at… we couldn’t take our eyes off her striking Nike pink trainers! The Air Max beauties added a fun feel to her workout that even inspired us to want to get training too. If only we could look this glam while exercising!

In Politics (yes, really)…

When President Barack Obama wore his…

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(images  c/o Wikipedia)

US President Barack Obama has been spotted out and about in his Nike Air Max shoes on many occasions – he’s especially fond of an Elite II pair! And as a huge basketball fan he’s often seen shooting some hoops while in a pair.

In the Movies…

When Morgan Freeman wore a pair in Lean on Me

Lean on Me starring Morgan Freeman showed a pair of Air Max 1s – also known as Air Max 87s. The film is based loosely on the true events around an inner city high school principal, Joe Clark who made radical changes to save his school from being taken over. But Air Max provide a moment of light relief when Freeman’s character takes part in a skipping scene!

The first pair of Air Max that came from the original design by Tinker Hatfield, these Air Maxs were a cultural phenomenon.

Lean on me

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(images c/o Wikipedia)

 When King Ralph wore them to the cricket…

When John Goodman strapped on a pair of Air Max 90s for the film King Ralph, he broke the rules of etiquette by wearing bright sneakers to a cricket match. But he definitely scored style points as this pair of Air Max is one of the most popular pairs of all time. Although he sports Air Jordan Vs on the poster for the film, it is the colourful Air Max 90s he wears throughout most of the film that came out in 1991, the year before the film was released.

King Ralph

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(images c/o Wikipedia)

So there you have it – Nike Air Max have had a huge impact within fashion and culture, and basically just look pretty cool as well! So to get your pair, shop the Nike store on our website.


23rd March 2016
Written by Vanessa Margetts