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Nike Air Current

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Nike Air Current

Seeing as my last post was about the OG Nike Air Flow, following up with the Air Current seemed like a logical option. Released a year after the Air Flow, the Current looked to take even more weight from the uppers, utilising a ripstop material and removing the Swoosh altogether. Slightly less snug than the Air Flows, the laces are, again, not necessary unless you’re doing some sprinting on your way home from the pub.

Nike Air Current

The Current name has been applied to recent models since 1990 (the Air Max Current 90s spring to mind), but it’s all about the originals for me.

Nike Air Current

These also came in a black and green colourway, but this hot pink and black scheme is the one to get. I just watched a heavily worn pair of the black/greens go on a Buy-It-Now on eBay for a nice $900! Yikes.

Nike Air Current

Nike Air Current

Nike Air Flow

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Nike Air Flow

As the retro of this shoe is imminent, I thought it was a good time to break out the OGs. I’ve been trying to organise a feature on Trashfilter about this model, as it’s one of my favourite running shoes of all-time. Widely ignored at the time of release (at least in London), probably due to the fact it looked so unusual and is hardly suitable for anything other than perfect conditions, it’d almost be too easy to list it as a predecessor to the Nike Presto.

Nike Air Flow

Unless you’ve got perfect feet – and, I have to be honest, mine are hideous (I’ve broken every toe on both feet at least once from skating) – you will have lumps showing through the toe area on the Air Flow. The lack of any support around the toe means these lose their duck-beak silhouette as soon as you put them on.

Nike Air Flow

Nike Air Flow

I lent my deadstock pair to Nike for an exhibit back in 2010 and my Air Currents (another similar shoe that will feature here soon) are on their way back from Oregon as I type. There can’t be many original pairs of either model left out there today. Thank you Len for hooking me up.

Nike Air Flow

An amazing shoe: innovative, daring, experimental, functional, beautiful. Bruce, if you’re out there, please get in touch!