The All-Time Greatest Nike Air Max 95s: Part 2
From the OG 'Neon' colourway to atmos's iconic 'Viotech' collaboration to 2001's zippered makeover, the first part of our Nike Air Max 95 retrospective highlighted 10 of the greatest AM95s to ever hit shelves. But why stop at just 10? Of all the Air Max models, the 95 may very well have the deepest bench of all, so a top 10 list can't possibly do justice to all of the takes on the Sergio Lozano—designed icon that have dropped since the shoe's 1995 debut.
Below we highlight 10 more classic AM95s in the second part of our lengthy look back at the Swoosh's all-timer.
atmos x Nike Air Max 95 'Animal' (2006)atmos x Nike Air Max 95 'Animal' (2006)
Decked out in pony hair, while sporting everything from tiger stripes, zebra stripes, and gold accents to leopard spots and green laces, 2006’s atmos-crafted ‘Animal’ pack may very well be the benchmark when it comes to creating collaborative Air Maxes. Both the pack’s Air Max 1 and Air Max 95 are genuine all-timers, which explains why the Swoosh re-partnered with the Japanese heavyweights for version 2.0 in 2018.
Nike Air Max 95 'Slate' (1995)Nike Air Max 95 'Slate' (1995)
Of all the iconic Air Max silhouettes, the Air Max 95 still has the best stable of OG colourways. Like the ‘Neon’, ‘Comet Red’, and ‘Solar Red’ originals, the AM95’s ‘Slate’ colourway is yet another all-timer thanks to its expert colour-blocking and dusty namesake hue.
mita x Nike Air Max 95 'Prototype' (2013)mita x Nike Air Max 95 'Prototype' (2013)
The ‘Neon’ Air Max 95 may be one of the most familiar sneaker designs to ever see the light of day, but it actually looked a bit different in its original form. The original prototype of the AM95 came with the ‘Neon’ colourway’s iconic accents and greyscale base, but — unlike the version that was released — sported black lining and a matching tongue. Japan’s mita paid homage to this little tidbit in 2013 by recreating the kicks, complete with a nod to the OG box on the insoles.
Nike Air Max 95 'Grape' (1995)Nike Air Max 95 'Grape' (1995)
As far as Air Maxes go, the Air Max 95 has long been home to one of the best-ever women’s exclusives: the OG ‘Grape’ colourway. Named for its ‘Court Purple’ accents and highlighted by a splash of teal, this OG look was remixed for men with modified colour-blocking in 2010, but finally returned in its original ladies-only form with a retro in 2018.
Nike Air Max 95 'South Beach' (2008)Nike Air Max 95 'South Beach' (2008)
Sneaker lovers often associated the beloved Miami Vice—inspired ‘South Beach’ look with King James’s coveted LeBron 8 from 2010, but real ‘heads know that the look was flawlessly showcased a couple of years earlier by the AM95. Released in 2008, the ‘South Beach’ Air Max 95 paired the unmistakable pink/teal combo with a predominately black look and dropped the kicks exclusively in the Miami area. The hard-to-get design was so coveted that Nike revisited the colourway with a 2015 update, but switched things up with the likes of a grey midsole and neon green Air Max units.
size? x Nike Air Max 95 'Safari' (2018)size? x Nike Air Max 95 'Safari' (2018)
2018 saw Nike revisit 2008’s uber-coveted ‘Keep Rippin Stop Slippin’ Air Safari—inspired Air Max 1 with a 10th anniversary pack featuring two different AM95s. While one of those adopted that AM1’s look, it wasn’t even our favourite Air Max 95 ‘Safari’ of 2018: that award goes to size?’s colab, which features a colour palette that more closely resembles 1987’s OG Air Safari.
Stash x Nike Air Max 95 (2006)Stash x Nike Air Max 95 (2006)
Arguably the highlight of the Swoosh’s Artist Series, 2006’s Air Max 95 saw the Swoosh calling upon the talents of Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Stash. Not only did the kicks sport Stash’s signature blue colour palette (something he and Nike would revisit with 2017’s Spiridon collaboration), but the colab was made all the better by the use of premium nubuck throughout.
Nike Air Max 95 'Solar Red' (1995)Nike Air Max 95 'Solar Red' (1995)
Red accents have been a hallmark of some of the most iconic Swoosh kicks — see the Air Jordan 1, Air Max 1, and Air Max 90 for proof — and the Air Max 95 is no exception. Originally released in 1995, the ‘Solar Red’ colourway is one of the most attention-grabbing AM95s out there, and one that’s a sight for sore eyes whenever it returns to shelves. Think of these as a mashup of sorts between the iconic ‘Neon’ look and the ‘Comet Red’ iteration of the design.
Sole Collector x Nike Air Max 95 'Cowboy' (2006)Sole Collector x Nike Air Max 95 'Cowboy' (2006)
Following the success of 2005’s legendary ‘Cowboy’ Dunk Low, Sole Collector followed up the NYC drop with yet another colourful neckbreaker. 2006’s Air Max 95 was inspired by SC’s Pacific Northwest stomping grounds and put a black-based spin on the classic ‘Neon’ look while employing buffalo-printed leather and a bold medial side that showcased a bevy of colours and materials. Each pair was even individually numbered, and only 300 were made.
Nike Air Max 95 'Juventus' (2003)Nike Air Max 95 'Juventus' (2003)
Italian footballing giants Juventus got their own Air Max 95s back in 2003 when the Swoosh switched up the shoe’s signature gradient-centric colour-blocking for a black and white striped nod to Le Zebre, complete with a golden Swoosh. Though the clean execution has yet to see a retro return, Nike dropped a similar colourway in 2018, but flip-flopped the black and white panels of Juve’s pair while adding a gum rubber outsole to the mix.