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It has been nearly three decades since the Air Max 1 debuted visible Air, a radical technology that transformed footwear design and spurred a franchise so strong as to merit an annual celebration. Today, the silhouette marks another milestone: It pairs with transformative Nike technology Flyknit to form the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit, the lightest Air Max 1 ever. 

Ben Yun AM1 Ultra Flyknit Sketches
Sketch provided by lead designer Ben Yun

Perfected through countless prototypes, stewarded by the project's lead designer Ben Yun, the shoe features open Flyknit construction in the toe and tongue for ventilation while closed construction in the heel adds support. A no-sew rand just above the midsole connects to the original Air Max 1. The lightweight, flexible ultra tooling increases comfort.

AM1 Ultra Flyknit 7
AM1 Ultra Flyknit 6
AM1 Ultra Flyknit 4

The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit is available in men's and women's sizes and colorways starting July 28, 2016 via the SNKRS App and global retailers. 

Commitment to Sustainability

Flyknit technology engineers every stitch of a shoe upper to deliver maximum performance while producing 60% less waste than traditional cut-and-sew methods. Since 2012, the technology has reduced nearly three and a half million pounds of waste. At this summer's competition, more athletes than ever before will be wearing Nike Flyknit.

Approximately 71% of Nike footwear and apparel products contain recycled materials, in everything from apparel trims to soccer kits to Flyknit yarns. For example, since 2010, Nike has transformed more than three billion plastic bottles into recycled polyester for use in Nike performance products. Learn more about Nike Grind, a palette of premium recycled and regenerated materials, here.

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