WORDS BY JOSEPH FURNESS
Overshadowed in its namesake year by Nike’s alternative silhouettes (notably the Air Max 97 and the Air Max Plus, commonly known as Nike TNs), the Air Max 98 has made a triumphant return 20 years later — like a once failed X-Factor auditionee whose comeback saw their star quality finally win over the public. And like any successful returning contender, the Air Max 98 has had a makeover — complete with an unusual source of inspiration: the Sprite can.
1. Could you wear these on a date?
The Air Max 98 is an ideal choice for a first date: they hint that you have character without being flamboyant. Additionally, their eye-catching appearance makes a great icebreaker.
2. Could you wear them to the office?
Don’t attempt to pull off Nike Air Max 98 Sprites with a suit, these sneakers simply weren’t made for corporate dress codes. However, for those of us who aren’t restricted by office dress codes, why the hell not?
3. Could I wear them on a gap year travelling around Thailand?
Yes, but please don’t ruin their potential by wearing with hippy elephant trousers. The full-length air unit makes the sneaker super comfortable whilst its durable materials feel sturdy on the foot and easy to keep clean. A great alternative to the gap year favourite, biblical leather sandals; just make sure you lock them away in your hostel safe.
4. Instagram caption?
Return of the Max #90s #wavy #spriteupyourlife
5. What does my nan (grandmother) think of them?
“Wow!! Love everything about these ones, and just look at the colours [unnecessary shocked emoji]. They look soooo comfortable Xx”