The Python Series released more than a decade ago consisted of a set of Air Trainers and an Air Max 90 all bearing eye-catching faux snakeskin uppers, not a commonly used material on sports footwear back then. Of course, us Europeans favored the runner instead of the trainer, and were not smart and/or wealthy enough to double up on these for later. The Air Max 90 “Python” still looks powerful in 2014 and deserves a retro reissue.This recent release from the 180 lineage has all the main features from the original, but is injected with Lunarlon technology in the forefoot area, giving them a slightly updated look. As I get older, I tend to lean more towards things simple and tonal, which makes these perfect. Of course, the “Oreo”-like make ups have been executed on various models in the past, but it’s a first on the stylish 180. Also, the subtly speckled midsole is a welcome detail.
These came around the time when the Patta store was born, a time when earth-toned sneakers were highly sought after in our neck of the woods. While the first installment of the Escape Series was nice as well, I thought they were a bit too heavy with the leather upper. This sophomore release had a more sporty look, partly due to the lighter shades of brown and blue slate Swoosh. Plus you had to have them to complete the unofficial set with the Huarache’s and 93’s in a similar colorway.The Nike Air Max BW showcased a fresh design featuring the large Air unit aka “Big Window,” extra padding, innovative lacing system and a memorable color combination, which made them quite desirable from the get-go. Just like the word “Infrared,” when you mention “Persian,” heads already know what you’re speaking about. In the Netherlands, this particular model was quickly picked up nationwide by all enthusiasts of the then-popular gabber music culture, completing their tracksuit and bald head look with a comfortable pair of BW’s to match.
The arrival of the Air Max 1 blew me away and I couldn’t imagine how Nike and designer Tinker Hatfield could top that first impression. Though the 1’s remain a favorite, the Air Max 180 made a near-identical impact when the shoe with the 180 degrees of visible cushioning was introduced. The front upper was kept very understated in terms of coloring to emphasize all the innovation going on in the back. The fact that members of the Dream Team were seen wearing this model during off-court time at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona made them even harder to find.The Air Classic BW is usually not the go-to shoe to collaborate on, but New York graffiti artist Stash pulled it off in style and created a memorable version of the Big Window runner for Nike’s Artist Series. The pair features Stash’s distinct usage of blue shades on ripstop nylon and nubuck. The tongue is embroidered with his tag to make these official.