The Nike Air Max 1 made its debut back in 1987, but a year prior, the Nike Air Max 1 OG “Big Bubble” was offered as part of the original production run. Overall, the original “Big Bubble” aka “Big Window” Air Max 1 gets done in a Dressed in a White, University Red, and Light Natural Grey color scheme. Highlights include a White mesh base with Grey and Red suede overlays atop its signature bigger, longer visible Air unit.
The Nike Air Max 1 ’86 OG Big Bubble University Red will be releasing on Air Max Day 2023, March 26th, for a retail price tag of $150. For a complete guide including official photos, release dates, pricing and where to buy, visit: Nike Air Max 1 ’86 OG Big Bubble University Red. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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UPDATE (3/17): Nike has confirmed that the Nike Air Max 1 ’86 “Big Bubble” will be releasing via SNKRS and select retailers on Air Max Day, March 26th, for $150.
Let’s be clear, sneaker culture and history begins here: the Air Max 1 “Big Bubble.”
The holy grail of sneaker lore returns along with the true story of visible Nike Air. Using CT scans (yes, really) to dissect 1 of maybe only 400,000 released pairs of the “Big Bubble,” we replicated the Nike Air unit and window used in the ’86 original, so you can step on the bedrock of sneaker history. And don’t worry, you still get the throwback color blocking.
Hiding in the shadows of one of Nike’s biggest stories (that of revealing Nike Air to the world) is the fact that for the first few months of its release, the Air Max 1 featured a noticeably bigger window. So, like why did the window shrink? With a launch date in place and manufacturing already started, Nike engineers (to their dismay) discovered that an exposed Air unit had a tendency to crack in cold temperatures. Adjusting on the fly, engineers quietly “shrunk the window both in length and height” and began using a new Air unit to prevent the great cracking catastrophe.
Released on March 26th, 1987, the ultra-rare Air Max “Big Bubble” hit the shelves and thankfully didn’t bust (most likely because of the rising spring temps). After the initial run, the Air Max 1 as we know it secretly replaced the original, taking hold as the leader of the Air Max pack. And the “Big Bubble?” It faded away—until now. Welcome to the beginning.
UPDATE (3/3): Nike shares official images of the Nike Air Max 1 OG Big Bubble University Red. No official release date has been announced, but a proposed release date is expected to happen later on this month.
UPDATE (3/2): Check out on-feet images of the Nike Air Max 1 OG Big Bubble “University Red” via iceberg.og. A release is expected on or close to Air Max Day (March 26th).
UPDATE (3/1): Check out new images of the Nike Air Max 1 Big Bubble “University Red” via iceberg.og.
UPDATE (2/20): Here is a first look at the adult-sized version of the Nike Air Max 1 OG Big Bubble University Red. The sneaker will be accompanied by special “aged” packaging. Current reports have the sneaker dropping around Air Max Day (March 26th). Images via: tommy_triggah.
UPDATE (1/23): Here are images of the Nike Air Max 1 Big Bubble in both grade school and toddler sizing.
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