Call It A Comeback


Release Date: Friday 11th January 9 A.M.
Where to buy: Select stores (see below for details) and Online
Price: AUD $179.99
Sizes: Men's US 7-13

The Nike Air Max Light, also known as the Air Max II, returns in its original Red construction for its 30th anniversary this year. As the successor to the acclaimed Air Max 1 – the debut of Visible Air technology – the Air Max Light gets its name from its advancements in weight reduction compared to the original Air Max. While the iconic Air Max 90 would eventually take its place only a year later, the often-overlooked Air Max Light has long been considered an influential silhouette in its own right by many collectors. It lay dormant for almost 20 years before it was reissued for the first time in 2007, and now it's back again in its original mesh, synthetic suede and leather construction in 2019.

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The Air Max Light was released during the technology arms-race between athletic companies, with all brands competing to bring the most advanced sneakers to market with their own take on weight reduction and cushioning tech. Refining these key factors on the original Air Max is what led to the release of the updated Air Max Light. While Air bag technology offers extra cushioning and energy return, it also had benefits in coring out the sole unit to create a lighter design. The AM Light shed some more weight though a concealed “Forefoot Air-Sole Unit” within its two-piece phylone midsole in place of a traditional polyurethane foam design. An enlarged mesh vamp covers the forefoot, losing a few extra grams and offering supreme breathability in return. The resulting lightweight design would become Nike’s flagship technological marvel in the final chapters of the 80s, and set the stage for the next decade of Air Max domination. Other technical improvements include a heritage BRS Waffle outsole and variable width lacing system, both design cues were carried over into the Air Max 90 that released only a year after the AM Light.

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The Nike Sportswear Air Max Light is priced at AUD $179.99 | Available in Men’s US 7-13

Available from 11th January, online and at select Hype DC stores:

  • NSW: World Square, Central Park, Broadway, Liverpool, Chatswood, Blacktown, Macarthur Square, Bondi Junction, Broadway, Charlestown, Hornsby, Hurstville, Penrith, Shellharbour, Warringah, Wollongong
  • VIC: Swanston Street, Melbourne Central, Northland, Doncaster, Eastland, Fountain Gate, Werribee, Geelong
  • QLD: Garden City, Indooroopill, Carindale, Chermside, Mackay, Robina Fair, Toowoomba, Townsville
  • QLD: Cairns - Delayed until Monday 14th
  • WA: Hay Street, Joondalup
  • SA: Marion
  • ACT: Canberra, Belconnen
  • NZ: Queen Street