In 2008, Nike dropped a trio of bubble-cushioned runners inspired by legendary colourways from Swoosh history. Dubbed the 'Greatest Hits' pack, it encompassed a Mowabb-inspired Air Max 90, Air Tech Challenge II—inspired Air Stab and an Air Safari-inspired Air Max 1. Each came adorned with custom cartoon graphic outsoles and imaginative nicknames, such as 'King of the Mountain' and 'Runnin' Gunni'', embroidered on the heels. While all were fiendishly snapped up, of these, the Air Max 1 'Keep Rippin' Stop Slippin'' has long been considered the most prized of the three and, now, it has finally returned — well, sort of!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 'Greatest Hits' pack, Nike have just dropped a 'Keep Rippin' Stop Slippin'' Air Max 95. The special-edition make-up features the same combination of orange leather, black pony hair and grey speckle as the original AM1, and even goes the extra mile by recreating its original cartoon graphics beneath its translucent outsoles.
So there you have it: an Air Max 95 inspired by an Air Max 1 inspired by the Air Safari. Who would have thought an ostrich-leather couch could prove so influential?
The Nike Air Max 95 'Keep Rippin' Stop Slippin'' is available right now through select Nike Sportswear retailers, including Afew.