Many people credit the Air Max 1 as being the first in the illustrious line of Nike Air Max shoes to feature the groundbreaking visible Air Unit. A little known fact, however, the Air Max Zero was in actuality designed before the 1s – only to be put on hold. Tinker Hatfield knew that this revolutionary innovation and design would be hard for some to wrap their heads around and admire, and although he wanted to take his radical idea as far as he could, even he admitted that the Air Max Zero was a step too far.
Hatfield felt that there were too many progressive ideas infused into the shoe that would make it too drastic a first step. Incredibly, almost 30 years later the shoe was released and few would have felt that the shoe was designed in 1987. This is a telling tribute of the ingenuity of Tinker Hatfield, a visionary years ahead of his time.