Last year, Nike let the public vote for what Air Max 1 that it would reissue for this year’s Air Max Day. After the votes were tallied, Air Max 1 Elephant x atmos was elected.
This year, Nike is ready for a second vote. However, this time the concept is Vote Forward. Twelve brand new Air Max designs are up for vote as part of the campaign, which include subtle design variations, mashups and evolved hybrids.
The source of the designs is a group of twelve that Nike is calling Revolutionairs, which come from the world art, design and retail in Asia, Europe and North America.
Check out the 12 designs bellow as well as a video that includes each designer. Voting for, which design will actually be produced and released is expected to start today.
Update: vote here.
SHANGGUAN ZHE (SHANGHAI)
Zhe’s shoe has an upper featuring a pattern inspired by the wings of Dragon Flies, one of the lightest creatures found in nature.
CHEN TIANZHUO (BEIJING)
Tianzhuo’s shoe draws inspiration from ski boots, bugs, plate armor, and the KOBE IX Elite.
ARTEMY LEBEDEV (MOSCOW)
Lebedev’s shoe pairs the Air Max 97 silhouette with a blacked-out, reflective upper and a zip-up shroud covering the laces.
BUNYAMIN AYDIN (ISTANBUL)
Aydin’s shoe reflects Eastern cultural history by combining artisanal textures with contemporary digital printing.
SEAN WOTHERSPOON (LOS ANGELES)
Wotherspoon’s Air Max 97 x Air Max 1 hybrid is inspired by vintage Nike hats from the ‘80s.
Fabrikr’s shoe is inspired by sneakerheads wrapping their shoes in plastic, as well as the morning fog at Nike WHQ. It places transparent material on the upper of the OG red and white Air Max 1.
KYLE NG (LOS ANGELES)
Ng’s Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit has hand-painted, neutral colors and hints of infrared with a heel that reads, “Give a damn,” in support of expression and empathy.
LOURDES VILLAGÓMEZ (MEXICO CITY)
Villagómez’s Air Max 1 x Air Max 90 hybrid is inspired by the vibrance of the Quetzal bird found in the forests of Central America.
ALEXANDRA HACKETT (LONDON)
Hackett’s shoe combines elements from the Air Max 1, 90, 180, 93, 95, 97, Plus, 360 and 2015.
CLEMENT BALAVOINE (AMSTERDAM)
Balavoine’s shoe draws inspiration from the upper of the Air Max 90 and the tongue and tooling of the Air Max 97, with additional details like cryptic numbers printed on the airbag.
NAOTAKA KONNO (TOKYO)
Konno’s shoe combines a Flyknit upper and Air Max 97 airbag with inspiration from Tokyo’s club scene and street culture.
VENUS X (NEW YORK)
Venus X’s shoe pairs an Air Max 97 upper — in the classic Air Max Plus colorway — with bold lettering on the toe and leg.