Nike Sportswear is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Nike Air Max 95 by introducing two new models, the Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard and the Women’s Nike Air Max 95 Ultra. Both come from the hands of designers with strong connections to the original shoe and follow in the footsteps of Sergio Lozano by pioneering new methods of make.
The Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard is the model designed by Ben Yun. From upper to outsole the Ultra Jacquard is an exercise in refinement.
Deviating from Lozano’s vision on the upper, Yun utilized the age-old Jacquard weaving process on the one-piece upper to deliver the updated anatomy story in a single layer of fabric. Lastly, second generation Nike Flywire was applied as an update to the originals nylon webbing eyestays. “Human fascia is soft tissue. The second-gen Nike Fywire is dynamic and moves with the foot as it secures it inside the shoe. You could say they are the perfect match.”
The end result is a strikingly different yet familiar version of the Air Max 95 updated to fit the needs of an active lifestyle.
Then there’s the Women’s Nike Air Max 95 Ultra, a sneaker designed by Dylan Raasch. Further differentiation from the original comes from twisting the shoe’s color scheme. Here, the iconic gradation is reversed, beginning with black on the uppermost portion of the shoe and transitions to lighter shades moving downward. A clean white outsole finishes the look. Ironically this color scheme was one of the few ideas put forward by Sergio Lozano, the designer of the original Air Max 95, as he navigated the push back toward the use of a black outsole.
The Nike Sportswear Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard and Women’s Nike Air Max 95 Ultra will be available on Nike.com as well as select Nike Sportswear retailers beginning July, 16th.
Source: Nike, Inc.