Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 Hi
After unveiling the “Football Reimagined” collection, Nike gets set to drop a surprisingly wearable Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 Hi. Even if not as “hyped” as the upcoming Air Jordan 1 x Off White, these new Nike Air Max 360 Hi are certainly unique.
Now taking the reins over at Dior Homme, British Menswear designer Kim Jones sets his sights on a Nike model that garners little merit among the sneaker community. Even the most fervent Air Max heads number in the few when it comes to the Air Max 360.
Blast from the Past
The shoe comes back to us all the way from 2006. It’s a bit odd to be discussing an older Air Max and not mention the 90s, isn’t it? Well, despite its original release being in the mid-2000s, this sneaker is a pivotal piece of Nike’s innovative history.
After two decades of research, the Swoosh decides it’s time to do away with barriers between your foot and their tech. The Air Max 360 thus features no accompanying layer of foam between the footbed and the Visible Air midsole.
For this latest look at the historic model, the Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 Hi takes the shoe’s design several steps further. The upper extends up into a hi-top build, throwing in an ankle strap that reminds us of the Nike Vandal. Another piece of inspiration comes to us via the asymmetrical lacing set-up, reminiscent of the Footscape.
Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 Hi Review
The upper’s combination of textile and mesh makes sure that this shoe is fairly functional in design. Thanks to accompanying synthetic overlays, the shoe also sports durable sections that add to the snug fit.
Though a hi-top model, this edition of the Air Max 360 manages the functionality of a true runner. Lest we forget this is also a luxury release, the shoe’s collar sees some plush leather padding. We also get a good amount of 3M for a reflective addition.
The full-length visible Air is always a welcome sight. Nike’s innovative take on the AM 360 works quite well in a modern context, particularly when it’s side-by-side with the current VaporMax fever. Fluently bringing three design philosophies together – and managing to incorporate functional elements – helps this drop truly stand out.
Nike is constantly questioning what we consider to be traditional design for category footwear. This Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 Hi is a great way to help us reconsider the athleisure take on a modern runner – without sacrificing any functionality.