In the same year, Nike produced special leather limited edition models in several colourways – the all-black leather model is particularly rare – and there were some truly amazing versions released in 2002. Nike launched an Escape Air Max 90 and a python-inspired edition. Both of these were in high demand by sneaker collectors. This model is especially favoured in Europe.
Nike went overboard in 1993 with the huge Air unit, fully visible from the back of the shoe. The Air Max 93 still remains a popular member of the Nike Air Max family. The Air Max 93’s most talked-about feature was its large 270-degree exposed Nike Air Unit. The Air Sole Unit contained more air and therefore provided greater protection. It was manufactured using a new process called blow moulding, which involved gas being injected through an external tube that forced plastic into a mould. The Air Max 93 was the first to have a coloured Air Unit. Meanwhile, the upper featured a sock-like fit similar to the Air Huarache.The model was reissued in 2003. In the same year, Nike produced an Escaped-influenced edition and Air Mowabb edition, the latter of which was only available in Europe. Numerous colourways have since been launched worldwide.
Released in 1991, the Nike Air 180 upped the ante with its longer tongue and fully visible Air unit. Once again Tinker Hatfield had created a winner. The Air 180 has recently been re-introduced with considerable success. In spring 1991, the Nike Air 180 was released. This revolutionary shoe contained fifty per cent more air than previous Air Max models. Nike went one step further by displaying this technology though a visible protective outsole. This Air 180 was only around for a year, even though Nike supported its launch with a huge TV advertise campaign involving high profile filmmakers and directors.During 1991-92, a variety of colourways were produced. The most desirable colours out there are the original men’s colour and the Europe-only women’s white / crimson / magenta (pictured). The Olympic Air Force 180 is regarded as the best Air 180 shoe ever.