Nike Air Max 1 ’86 Big Bubble, a classic returns to stores in 2023

A classic among classics, the Nike Air Max 1 shoe was released in 1987 with the design of the great Tinker Hatfield. But a year earlier, the swoosh company had released the Big Bubble: now it’s back, with a few tweaks, but following the original style.

Scheduled to appear on March 26, Air Max Day, the Nike Air Max 1 ’86 Big Bubble have the Air unit as its main feature.

It’s the big difference from the traditional Air Max 1: the elongated, inflated bubble, designed to recapture the look of the base style.

But what are the other features of the Nike Air Max 1 ’86 Big Bubble shoe?

It uses a white base with red color for the details, both in the swooshes, the eyelets, the mudguards and the Nike branding on the tongues and heels.

Nike Air Max 1 '86 Big Bubble

The overlays on the heels and side panels are decorated with a lighter shade of gray, as well described by Hypebeast.

Meanwhile, the toecaps are made of mesh, following the route of the eighties model.

There is no official confirmation of its launch for March 26, Air Max Day, but it seems like the most likely date.

The History of Nike’s Air Max Day

Since 2014, Nike has celebrated Air Max Day every March 26, because that is the day, but in 1987, when the Air Max 1 shoes were launched.

Nike Air Max 1 '86 Big Bubble

Thus, the house of the swoosh takes the opportunity to show the public its novelties regarding the silhouette. It is a global event, which takes place in various cities in Europe, America and Asia.

As GQ well remembers, “In recent years Air Max Day has become more of a community-driven event, with less emphasis on high-temperature sneakers and more emphasis on the sneakerheads themselves.”

“This has resulted in opportunities like the On Air contest, which gave six creatives from six countries the opportunity to design and launch their own model.”