Oregon, US – Nike has launched a new version of its Air Max shoes. The first model was introduced more than 30 years ago, and the new Nike Air Max Dn shoes have a completely new Nike Air unit.
The dual-chamber, four-tubed unit was designed for comfort, a smooth stride, and maximum bounce. It includes two pressurised chambers, each of which has two tubes. The back chamber is pressurised to 15psi and the front to 5psi, with air flowing freely between the two tubes in each of the chambers. This, Nike says, allows the air to respond to pressure as the wearer moves.
“We call it ‘dynamic motion,’” said Reggie Hunter, product director for Nike Lifestyle Footwear. “The independent setup of the chambers means that the air unit can respond to the load of your body with each step. The feeling of heel-to-toe movement is seamless because the air unit is interacting in real time with your foot and moves with you. The Nike Air Max Dn was the first time we were able to unlock that feeling.”
A TPU shank arch clip gives structure and support around the mid-foot, while a TPU heal counter supports the Achilles tendon. Digital tools aided the design process, allowing a year of wear and tear to be simulated in a few hours, for example, as part of the try, test, refine, repeat process.
“Counterintuitively, these exacting methods of testing create more opportunities for us to be surprised,” said Kathy Gomez, Nike VP, NXT Footwear. “For example, in the Dn, you’d think the softest tube in terms of psi should go in the heel for crash landing and better transition. But actually, we found that transition was best when the firmest tube was under the heel and the softest was under the midfoot.”
The shoes, in several colourways, will be released on 26 March.