Nike’s Air Max 95 Essential is a shoe that truly lives up to its name. Since the Sergio Lozano-designed masterpiece first hit the market in 1995, it’s been an quintessential silhouette for casual sneakerheads and die-hard Air Max fans the world over. It’s still an important part of the Swoosh Brand’s lifestyle slate each and every season — almost 25 years after it first released — and now it’s surfaced in a new-yet-familiar combo of black and grey. The paneled upper alternates between breathable mesh and stately leather to fully accent its unique anatomy-inspired stylings, while small pops of silver branding and a tongue overlay constructed of high-vis reflective material add an extra touch of style. The lower half of the shoe offers a compelling mix of light grey tones, and the look is then rounded off by an icy translucent outsole. Check out a full gallery of official images below, and expect these Maxes to hit Nike.com and select Swoosh Brand stockists for $160 later this spring. Updated April 30th, 2019: The Nike Air Max 95 “Black/Reflect Silver” is available now.
The long-running partnership between Supreme and Nike is set to take a walk on the opulent side this summer, as the dynamic duo is teaming up for three Swarovski crystal-adorned takes on the Air Max 95. Arriving in a “Triple Black,” a “Hyper Cobalt,” and a “Gym Red,” the color combos indicate that each pair will take on a mostly tonal look, while the Lux tag also nods to the shoe’s base possibly being constructed of a high-quality leather. If past Nike/Swarovski releases like the Air Max 97s and Vapormax Flyknit 2.0s are any indication, the shimmering crystals will be artfully dispersed across the upper’s paneling to provide their signature fancy flair. Of course, these premium embellishments come with an increased price tag — in this case, a kingly $500 USD. All three shoes are slated to drop this summer as part of Supreme’s SS ’19 collection, so be sure to check our Sneaker Release Dates page for a specific date as soon as it’s available, and bear in mind that the images below are early mock-ups, so the final product may very well differ.
This summer’s footwear demonstrates beautiful, new ways to approach color, construction and material innovation.
Inspired by alternative ways to make color, the Nike Plant Color Collection, featuring the Air Max 95 and the Blazer Low, uses plant-based dye.
The Nike Flyleather Earth Day Pack combines one of Nike’s most sustainable materials with artist Steve Harrington’s unique aesthetic to inspire the wearer with a love for the planet.
The Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Random uses excess Flyknit yarn (that would have otherwise gone to a landfill) to create a one-of-a-kind shoe.
Look for the Nike Sustainability Collection to release throughout the Summer of 2019 at select retailers and Nike.com.
Nike’s Air Max 95 Ultra SE silhouette serves as a modernized take on the iconic 1995 heritage classic that was inspired by the natural structure of the human foot. Equipped with a seamless upper that still utilizes the multi-colored aesthetic on its racing stripes, the no-sew construction creates a much lighter ride. Its upper is also re-worked, as it rids itself of the somewhat bulky unit that comes on the normal 95s and takes inspiration from the Ultra Moire running sneaker. Now, the Swoosh brand has drawn up two summer-ready colorways of the 95 SE with one sporting a palette that is similar to that of the fan-favorite Air Max 95 “Neon”. The other iteration keeps things a bit more simple as it ushers in white and blue with beige mixed in for a touch of contrast. Both of these brand new Air Max offerings are available at retailers overseas the likes of JD Sports for £130.
Spring and summer weather calls for breathable, flexible shoes, and Nike’s new take on the Air Max 95, the Ultra Premium BR, offers a stripped-down take on the classic silhouette that’s ideal for the warmer months ahead. Featuring a lightweight mesh upper with suede overlays and a leather toe cap, the BR’s upper nods to the shoe’s heritage and anatomy-inspired design while removing layers for a streamlined aesthetic. The midsole detailing receives an update as well, as the 95’s regular midsole is swapped out for the lesser-know Air Max 96 iteration. The shoe’s look is completed with a classic Air Max patch on the tongue, and Nike detailing on the heel and outsole. There’s no official release date or pricing info for the Air Max 95 Ultra Premium BR yet, but look for them to arrive on Nike.com soon, and for more hybrid Air Max news take a look at Skepta’s upcoming Air Max BW/97.
The Nike Air Max 95 Premium NYC/LA is officially introduced and it’s a limited edition colorway that pays homage to Harlem-born entertainer and athlete Sheck Wes. As a nod to his current life, split between NYC and LA, the runner is covered mostly in black, and contrasted with New York Knicks’ orange with Los Angeles Lakers’ unmistakable purple to reflect Wes’s move from east to west. In addition a gritty graphic of New York and Los Angeles is found on the insoles, while a matching black rubber sole completes the design.
Retailing for $170, look for the Nike Air Max 95 Premium NYC/LA at select Nike stores and online on November 16. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.