Nike Air Max 1 (Flax Collection)The Nike Air Max 1, which made its debut in 1987, is known for being the first Nike model to show Nike's Air Max technology with a visible Air-Sole unit. Developed by an independent inventor (who was originally turned down by Adidas), Air Max technology provides superior cushioning and impact absorption, which is critical for runners. This limited edition is part of the Flax Collection and features a nubuck upper, flax colorway, tonal laces, and a matching gum sole.