words & images_Nick DePaula

I know what you're thinking.

That is one HELL of a toe shape.

Long before the neoprene sleekness of the Presto line had made its way into the casual rotations of collectors around the globe, the Air Flow unknowingly led the way for sockliner-based shoes.

It's somehow remarkably modern for being more than two decades old, deep flex grooves and all, and it's no surprise that the Air Flow was the perfect candidate for a marriage with two of Nike's newest technologies: Fuse and Lunar Foam. The OG and current cash cow platform and construction approach spawned the upcoming Lunar Flow from Nike Sportswear, dropping next summer.

At times forgotten during an era where newly visible Nike Air was more memorable (and marketable), the Air Flow is one of many slept on runners from the archives of Nike's past.

To browse the Air Flow and more than 1,500 other classic Nike sneakers, check out the Ultimate Kicktionary in Sole Collector's Issue 34, available now at Foot Locker stores and at SoleCollector.com.