Arguably one of the best sneakers to ever come out of Beaverton, or anywhere for that matter the Nike Air Presto is legendary. It was the first shoe that made you feel like you were picking out a shirt. Available in sizes xxs,xs,s,m,l,xl,xxl,and xxxl the sneaker is so light weight the uppers feel like you are wearing foam socks. They are sleek, and have good midfoot support, not to mention they just plain look good. These were released for 4 years straight in tons of colorway’s, and found its way to NikeID’s site. Eventually they disappeared until Nike decided to retro them again in 2009. Do yourself a favor and own these atleast once in your life, you may never take them off! Sizing was tricky on these and changed throughout the years. Below are pictures from the DeFY. New York Photo Vault. Stay tuned for more pictures in other colorway’s to be posted soon
The Nike Air Max Plus from 1998-2000 was an incredible specimen. This mainly grey pair matched up better with most outfits, but personally I was never a big fan of the white midsole on these, aside from that the original and retro (up to 2003) was one of the top 3 most comfortable sneakers I have ever put on my feet. A 7 hour day around Manhattan in these bad boys and my feet were feeling good, real good. Fit wise they give you just enough room, but a secure snug fit, very breathable. Go a half size up as these run small as do most Nike Running shoes. The cons of owning this shoe are few, one of them being the polyurethane midsole. Once the mid sole gets dirty on these they are very hard to clean. The clear toe guard tends to get scratched up, and yellow over time if not worn with care. You must also be careful about midsole cracking on these, as pre-2000 pairs tend to eventually fall apart (in my experience about 1 in 7 pairs is truly wearable with no issues, i.e. all air units are holding air 100% with no cracking). If you are fan of Nike running shoes this is a pair you may want to look into. Below are pictures from the DeFY. New York Photo Vault. Sit back and enjoy this trip back to 1999.
This has to be one of the most interesting Nike sneakers ever produced. At a time where most people were thinking inside the box someone at Nike was thinking outside, wayyyyyyy outside the box. Although I have seen some people say that their pairs were from the lat 70′s personally I haven’t seen them. This pair was made in 1982. The shoe was a limited production run, mostly reserved for celebrities, and employees. There was an article in sole collector (as you can see from the pics below) on these and there was an interesting story about a mom and pop owner that had the foresight to order a bunch of pairs. This shoe was an ode to the disco era and definitely made for dancing (look at the bottom of the shoe). I obtained this pair from a former Nike employee that worked at Nike headquarters for over 18 years. He told me some priceless stories about Nike in its earlier days. The number 7 written on the inside Nike label indicates that this was an employee shoe. Notice, these were made in the USA. This was before Nike moved production overseas. I was told at the time, Nike had factories in the USA, Japan, and Taiwan. Nike eventually shut down US manufacturing due to the high number of defective products coupled with tons of bogus work mans comp claims. Japanese production was shut down not because of quality issues (I was told Japan had the lowest return rate) but because of the high cost of manufacturing (during this time Japan’s economy came into its own). This pair, as hard as it is to believe was still wearable when I obtained them. I did limited walking in them and ultimately decided to sell them off, they felt very delicate although the mid soles was solid. The nylon uppers is very very light weight (feels like your wearing a sock with a midsole attached to it). They run snug so if your hunting for a pair go a half size up. Wearable pairs do exist (but are extremely rare). I have to say It would be very very interesting if Nike decided to retro this shoe. Anyhow check out the pictures below from the DeFY. New York Vault, PLUS! Bonus pictures of Mr. David Hasselhoff and Michael Jackson Killin it with the Nike Night Tracks!!!!!!!! (Those two pictures were not taken by DeFY. New York.)
I remember receiving the latest Eastbay catalog and as I turned to the last page saw “Tuned Air” the first Gen Nike Air Max Plus. It was love at first sight. One of the most notable colorways is the hyper blue colorway. The original Nike Air Max Plus was and still is one of the most comfortable sneakers I have ever worn. The 2003 retro wasn’t bad either, but after 2003 the quality and comfort of the Air Max Plus first gen line became as
comfortable to wear as a chuck taylor. When wearing these you will notice you feel taller probably due in part to the thick air unit through out the
shoe. The shoe runs narrow so you will have to go a half size up The mesh used on the Originals is similar to that used on the Original Air max 90. One noticeable wearing issue I noticed with the shoe is the clear plastic plate on the front of the shoe. Over time it tends to get scuffed up and foggy. These shoes also tend to become non wearable so becareful wearing them worn or new. If you have a choice between the Original and the 2003 retro go for the original, it looks better although for the 03 retro they smartened up and put a blue tint on the front plastic. Nike also released a 360 fusion version that was nice. Below are pictures from the DeFY. New York Vault of the originals enjoy and happy hunting!(First pic courtesy of Eastbay.com)