95 and 97 may be numbers that loom particularly large in the imagination when it comes to Air Max, but 1998 was a bumper crop year in the field of air cushioned sneakers. Twenty years on from 1998, anniversary celebrations are under way; some 98 models are popular favorites, others are underrated gems, but all of them are classics.
No prizes for guessing, but one of the models celebrating its twentieth anniversary is the Air Max 98. Tasked with following the iconic Air Max 97, the Air Max 98 kept the full length Max Air sole, and made performance-enhancing tweaks to the upper design, notably a synthetic leather and mesh upper reduced weight from previous models and an external lacing structure. An overall, more athletically inspired design distinguished the 98 from its immediate predecessors.
The ultra sporty design of the Air Max 98 takes a fashion oriented turn, with a desert camouflage and militaristic olive green adorned upper.
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