Updated Nike Air Max 2017 Sports Improved Look and Performance

Fashion meets function in this iconic high-end running shoe.

Since the Air Max's debut in 1987, the shoe has held a dual appeal for athletes and collectors alike.

Yes, the visible air unit—only in the heel at first, and later expanded to occupy the entire midsole—looked cool. The "unlike anything else you've ever seen" aesthetic appeal of the unit surely played a large role in the shoe's notoriety.

Nike Air Max 2017

But here's the other thing about the Air Max: It performs! The shoe isn't just a fashion kick you could go for a run in if you had to. Indeed, legions of athletes became avid Air Maxers. The air unit offered serious comfort and cushioning while also delivering a firm base of support for your footfalls. You could go fast and feel good doing it.

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Whether you appreciate the shoe for its unique look, its performance, or both, you'll love what Nike has done with the Air Max 2017.

The Flymesh upper wraps your foot with superhero-tight precision and delivers a comfortable, form-fitting feel.

Nike Air Max 2017

The waffle lugs underfoot provide all-weather, multi-surface traction. You'll run with confidence, feeling the durable, reliable grip beneath your soles.

Nike Air Max 2017 - Sole

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And of course, the shoe's original claim to fame—the visible air unit—runs the entire length of your foot, giving you a smooth transition from heel strike to toe on every stride.

Nike Air Max 2017

Both men and women will find a 30th Anniversary Air Max that meets their style needs, thanks to a variety of colorways for him and her. The $190 price tag may be steep for some, so remind Santa you've been reeeeeally good this year. Both the Men's Nike Air Max 2017 and the Women's Nike Air Max 2017 are available now at Eastbay.com.

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