RE-Fresh: Nike Total Air Foamposite Max (1998)

By - July 11th, 2011

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Duncan kept a low profile, going about his business in a professional, surgical manner, yet his first sneaker, the Total Air Foamposite Max, was anything but subdued. Bedecked in resplendent silver with a bright blue hologram on the collar, this shoe, unlike its wearer, demanded attention. Air Max technology appeared on this shoe in a full visible air bubble which sat below a silver midsole that seemed to melt into the molded foamposite upper. The shoe gleamed and caught the eyes of many ballers across the country, but like the Air Foamposite One, which we detailed in a previous column, the high price tag and ultra-aggressive design kept these on the shelves in their initial run.

Though this shoe has seen a few retro colorways—black on black, wheat and baroque brown, white and royal blue, white and yellow—the shoe has not enjoyed the acclaim of the first Foamposite model made famous by Hardaway and Bibby. Years after its initial release, the silver colorway has been the most sought-after, and after Duncan rocked these in 1998, Nike re-released them in the same colorway in a limited run in 2003. In the eight years that followed the last retro release, the legend of the Total Air Foamposite Max has grown and collectors have been slapping $300+ price tags on the last retro. News broke recently that Nike was again releasing this colorway, but with a steep retail tag of $220 because of the increased cost of materials. Even with the hefty cost, fans of the shoe have been adding enthusiastic comments on sneaker sites about copping two pairs. After the release of this silver colorway in a few months, a black on black model will again release on… Black Friday. So check out these detailed shots of a shoe that hasn’t been seen for eight years, but will likely be seen on the streets in the fall.

sneaker via Corgi @ Corgishoe.com

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