Nike Air Max 93 Menthol & Citrus retros: 93 'til infinity

Some shoes have changed form dramatically with each instalment. The Nike Air Max 93 sure doesn't fit like it seemed to 21 years ago — it doesn't actually seem to be the same shape as it was ten years ago, but it's not the shambling monstrosity that some other retros are. While the pioneering Tetra Plastics assisted Nike-Air unit seems to be less spectacular than it seemed to be, we've been wondering whether that's down to the shock of the new being replaced by jaded shrugs nowadays, but it seems smaller. With the recent size? 20th anniversary exclusives on this silhouette it was good to see some appreciation for the AM93 from a newer generation, because it deserves it.

While the AM1, AM90 and AM95 seem to be staples now, the '93 has always been a little ignored in favour of those silhouettes: think back to the History of Air Powerwall in early 2006 — this one seemed to be close to the 2003 (we still don't understand why that one was included) in the lower rankings of message board hype. The shoe's designer, Tinker Hatfield still seems to think that the shoe is his favourite Air Max creation because it pushed the boundaries, fitted the foot with that curve last and used the Huarache's Dynamic-Fit plus a colossal blow-molded slab of Visible Air that looked set to pop. That amazement when we gazed and prodded at the shoe on Olympus Sports shelves recalled the curiosity that the original Air Max was approached with — it went in with the sense of maximum cushioning to an exaggerated level.

Starting life as the Air Eclipse, with more overtly Huarache design elements, this design built on the flexible fit of the Air 180 a couple of years earlier and brought the comforting embrace of a neoprene collar to the series. It was obviously a triumph of research and development, but we've never known how successful the Air Max 93 was compared to its predecessors. Those who paid the vast RRP seemed to be instant obsessives and there's plenty who've gathered collections of this shoe in OG, Mowabb and Escape themed makeups, by early 1994, it just seemed to vanish, despite at least six colourways of varying clout, whereas the BW already had its classic status by that point. Then we got the more conventional distillation of the '93 look in the Air Max Burst and the letdown that was the Air Max 94 (Nike really wanted to get their money's worth out of the sweat and tears that led up to this sole unit), with the Air Max2 being the shoe that picked up where this one left off.

We remember the Menthol blue being the original men's makeup of the shoe and the Citrus — a colourway that evoked a 180 from the previous year — being part of a follow-up drops. We've seen reissues before — oranges in 2003 for the shoe's tenth birthday and we stocked up on Nike HOA blues eight years ago, but its good to have them back. We can't bleat about leather quality, because these were synthetic leather the first time around, but that collar lining and mesh on the sides seems to have undergone some changes, but the core appeal of the shoe hasn't been erased by any alterations. Both will be arriving in July and we're hoping that at least two more original makeups from 1993/94 are going to make a comeback too.

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 2 June 2014