The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit, an updated iteration of the 1987 classic, is in stores now.
The shoe — featuring a Flyknit upper for the first time — makes it the lightest Air Max 1 released by Nike, according to the brand. Nike unveiled the shoe on July 21.
Its original creator, Tinker Hatfield, did not design the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit. Instead, the brand went with designer Ben Yun for this release.
“I clearly have a strong affinity for the Air Max; however, it’s even more fun and amazing to watch our younger design and development teams operate,” Hatfield said. “Design innovation is picking up speed around here, and a perfect example is through Flyknit. It’s getting lighter and more zoned for performance than I could ever have imagined.”
The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit can be picked up via nike.com and SNKRS for $160. The shoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizes in multiple colorways, including its original white, red and gray colorway.
“Firstly, the tooling is the most comfortable, the most lightweight that we have had so far on this shoe: It hardly feels like you’re wearing a shoe at all,” Yun said. “Secondly, [it] feels like you’re wearing a T-shirt or a sweater in the way that it really conforms and fits to your own foot. Thirdly, we wanted to eliminate as much excess material and design as possible to stay true to the original shoe — no distraction inside or outside.”