Marion Franklin Rudy aka Frank Rudy is the engineer who created Nike’s Air technology, which forever changed the footwear business. In 1978, Nike released the first shoe using Rudy’s “Air” technology, the Air Tailwind. In 1980, he was a able to patent the technology furthering the “Revolution.”
To pay tribute to the late engineer, Nike will be releasing a special edition Air VaporMax 2021. The shoe features White knitted uppers highlighted with Yellow contrasting accents. It comes with special details such as blueprint insoles showing off the technology artwork with his signature, his iconic California “Nike Air” license plate hangtags, EST. 2021 printed on the lateral Air unit, and his name printed on the laces tips. A VaporMax sole unit with Grind Rubber underneath completes the design.
Check out the official photos below, and look for the Nike Air VaporMax 2021 “M. Frank Rudy” to release in the coming weeks at select retailers and Nike.com. The retail price tag is set at $210 USD.
Style Code: DQ8963-100
Release Date: 2022