I have to be honest – when I first saw the new Air Max 2014, I wasn’t completely on board. I have always been a diehard fan of the Air Max Thea, which has a small visible air pocket hit toward the heal.
As far as aesthetics go, the thought of trying to rock a new pair of kicks that fully displays the Max Air pocket throughout the entire outsole made me nervous. So rather than scooping up a pair right away, I sat back for a couple months and watched the progression.
Although the AM2014 wasn’t my forte, I have been a Flyknit fan since the first release in 2012. It’s the most breathable, lightweight, genius fabric to ever step foot in the sneaker market (no pun intended). Maybe that is why I finally joined in on the buzz after it found its way beneath a Flyknit upper. A.K.A. the Nike Flyknit Max.
How could I possibly pass this up?
If you ever had a pair of light-up shoes when you were a kid or begged your parents to buy you pair, this is like an appropriate adult version. They don’t actually light up, but the faded coloring on the outsole stands out the same way and gives me the same giddy feeling I used to get stomping around in my LED kicks as out as a youngster.
This White/Electric Mango/Volt color was is a no-brainer. Summer is just kicking off, and white is always a go-to. The Mango front to Volt back adds enough vibrant color to take me back to my childhood, but the identical fade woven into the White Phylon upper keeps it from getting out of hand and becoming too bold.
Then, the entire look is tamed perfectly with a black swoosh stamped down the side. I’m all about getting as much life out of my shoes as possible, and the Mango is a perfect transition color to be able to wear into the Fall.
Although it may have been the addition of Flyknit to get me started, it’s the combo that has me hooked.