Nike Air Max Light Enthusiasts

Released in 1989, smack bang between the hot buns of the AM1 and... AM90, the Air Max Light (aka the Air Max II) will go down in history as a tasty (and somewhat mysterious) filling in our classic Air Max sandwich.

As the name suggests, the second-gen edition also dropped weight by changing the midsole foams to a harmonious marriage of polyurethane in the heel and phylon in the forefoot, with thermoplastic straps deployed for strategic support. BRS1000 waffles made the outsole more durable and a variable-width lace system allowed for multiple cinching options.

Despite being a tidy design ‘loaded’ with technological advances, the Light has always had a low profile within the Max franchise. That’s no diss, it’s just that the Light is truly enigmatic, a rare treasure that was buried for decades until Nike resurrected it in 2007 as a JD sports UK-exclusive. Since that time, we’ve been blessed with a stack of sweet schemes, keep ’em coming Nike.