Avid shoe collectors and diehard Nike fans are going to buy the hell out of this Atmos Air Max 1 X Jordan III pack. You have two of Nike’s most classic sneakers joining forces (thanks to Atmos) for a one must-own offering.
If you’re not familiar with the Atmos Air Max 1, the shoe was released in 2007 and fans voted it as a shoe they wanted to be released again. Ask and you shall receive, I guess.
Atmos Creative Director, Hirofumi Kojima, recently sat down with Nike to discusses the shoe.
What does the AM1 mean to you? What does it represent for design and for sneaker culture?
Air Max series mean a lot to me, as they are the reason for me to become interested in sneakers. Among all, Air Max1 is a commemorative shoe as the 1st of Air Max series. I believe AM1 is a historical piece and an indispensable part of the legend for both atmos and sneaker culture.
Why elephant print? Why connect the AM1, even if subtly, to the Jordan legacy and its design language?
I grew up watching Michael Jordan and my first Nike (Jordan) was Air Jordan 1 Chicago made in 1994. The Air Jordan III is my personal favorite, which was the first one to use elephant pattern on a shoe. Air Max 1 Elephant was one of 3 shoes made under the concept of zoo, which was inspired by elephants swimming in the zoo.
What was your reaction when the shoe was selected by fans as the one to bring back for 2017?
Of course it was a great pleasure and the greatest honor for a person whose job is about sneakers. To be honest, I did not realize the significance of the event at first, but a lot of celebratory remarks from the staff and my friends made me realize it.
Atmos Air Max 1 X Jordan III pack will be released on March 18, 2017 at select retailers. However, the Atmos Air Max 1 will be available by itself on March 18, 2017 at Nike.com. Buy: $150
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