Since its 1987 inception, the Nike Air Max 1 has simply remained iconic within the sneaker world due to its timeless style and silhouette. It first garnered attention due to its physical encapsulation and use of air in the sole and has since gone on to reach legend status within the scene due to its many iterations and styles.
As time progressed, so did the ways in which people wear the shoe, eventually opening up the silhouette to a million different styles and fashions. From retro to modern the Nike Air Max 1 has become a go to staple for both sneakerheads and casual fans alike.
With so many colourways on offer, it can be hard to style Nike Air Max 1 so we thought we'd offer a helping hand! We've tapped our sneaker specialists right here at The Sole Supplier to give you their individual tricks, tips and general thoughts when it comes to styling the Nike Air Max 1! So if you're looking for some style advice before you cop that next pair, make sure to check out the guide below.
Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "Monarch" - Jack Strong, Content Writer
For our first outfit, Jack has kept things autumnal with a workwear and military inspired silhouette made up of drab and neutral tones. Starting from the top, Jack has utilised a Maharishi twill cap, alongside a beige blank T-Shirt and light straw coloured overshirt to layer.
On the lower portion, Jack matches the hat with a similarly olive coloured pair of cargo cargo pants and the recently released Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "Monarch" on the feet. By keeping things neutral up top, Jack has allowed the light orange hues found on the "Monarch" to shine through on the fit drawing attention back to the shoes.
If you're unsure about utilising similar neutral tones to the above, the Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "Monarch" will also pair perfectly with white, black, navy and grey meaning you can wear this sneaker all year round with an array of fits.
Parra x Nike Air Max 1 "White" - Dan Timcke, CMO
For our second edition, our CMO Dan has utilised an array of spring tones and neutrals to create a laid-back look that pairs perfectly with his Parra x Nike Air Max 1 "White". On the upper portion of the fit, Dan sports a light cream coloured Kith cap alongside a light blue T-Shirt and a baby blue, black and grey coloured cardigan to layer.
On the lower portion of the fit, Dan utilises a stylish pair of Cole Buxton black joggers to match the cardigan and taper his fit on the lower portion of the leg. This slight taper helps to accentuate the contrasting style of the Parra x Nike Air Max 1 "White" collab on foot and shows variation from the relaxed free flowing look of the upper.
Lighter colours and spring tones can be tough to utilise for some, so similar to the previous outfit try opting for classic neutrals such as white, black and navy to really show this pair of hype sneakers off.
Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "5th Anniversary" - Dave Capener, Product Manager
Our third outfit comes courtesy of our Product Manager Dave. Dave has put together a classic outfit consisting of blue and navy tones to compliment his iconic Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "5th Anniversary". On the upper portion of the fit, Dave contrasts his white T-Shirt under layer with a lightweight navy Stone Island sportswear inspired piece, ideal for autumnal wear.
On the lower portion of the fit, Dave has kept things simple but effective with a classic pair of slim fitted indigo washed jeans. The jeans have been cuffed at the bottom of the ankle to sit above the tongue of the Air Max, with a white sock subtly sitting in contrast and breaking up the navy tones.
Because the Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "5th Anniversary" utilises blue, green and purple tones this shoe can be a little bit more difficult to style. We would recommend staying away from black colours as they are more likely to clash, instead if you want to keep your fit darker opt for a mid tier grey.
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Elephant" - Dhylan Chohan, Junior Video Editor and Creator
Fourth on the list comes from one of our Junior Video Editor and Creator, Dhylan. Dhylan has opted for a classic sportswear and streetwear inspired fit to flex his atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Elephant". On the top portion of the look, Dhylan wears a KAWS x Uniqlo tee in a light blue hue with a black and white PLACES + FACES varsity jacket layered on top. To top things off, he wears a classic black Carhartt beanie.
The lower portion of the look sees Dhylan sport a straight leg pair of Levi's 501s in a light wash. The lighter colour works in unison with the T-Shirt and swoosh of the shoes to tie things together nicely while a white Nike sock separates the shoe from the cuffed jean.
Because of the neutral tones found on the atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Elephant" there are many pairing options to go with this sneaker! Just try stay away from too many patterns, as the leather overlays are already quite loud - unless thats your style of course.
Nike Air Max 1 "Chinese New Year" - John-Francis Cabanus, Visual Content Manager
For our final fit our Visual Content Manager John has utilised primarily pink and black contrasting hues to create his classic sportswear inspired fit. On the upper, John sports a black Trapstar T-Shirt complete with a pink and white logo print. Layering this piece, he wears a bright pink Nike Air Max windbreaker with a neon blue swoosh, lettering and detailing.
From a legwear standpoint, John has kept things simple with a pair of slim fitted black jeans further demonstrating the contrasting points between this outfit. On the feet the Nike Air Max 1 "Chinese New Year" work as the focus point on the outfit thanks to their colourful and iconic outer.
Due to the loud pops of colour on this sneaker, many people will find them difficult to wear. So if you're looking for a simple way to wear this sneaker, try aiming for a classic all black monochromatic fit.
Air Max 1 Styling Tips
- Keep things classic - the AM1 is a timeless silhouette so they can go with pretty much any outfit. Keep things simple and opt for jeans a tee for a classic look.
- Colour matching - with so many beautiful pairs of Air Max 1s, they're the perfect shoe to match with a colourful outfit on the upper half.
- Personal style - every sneaker looks best when incorporated into your personal style. Don't be afraid to trust your instinct when it comes to such a classic sneaker.
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