Nike is dropping a special colorway of the Air Max 180 exclusively in Europe to celebrate Air Max Day 2019. The pair takes inspiration from the nightlife in Berlin that began to blossom in the '90s following the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late '80s.
"Berlin has always been a very liberal place, or even something like a fantasy land. West Berlin felt like an enclave until the wall came down, like a place with its own rules. And after the wall came down, the means of freedom in both parts of the city translated into a creative anything goes mentality. A perfect breeding ground for subcultures, with Techno being one of the most important and steady ones," said members of Berlin's Keinemusik collective in an official press release.
The original release of the Air Max 180 in 1991 coincided with Berlin's cultural shift and has remained a popular footwear option in the German city ever since. The "Berlin" Air Max 180 sports a grey mesh and leather upper inspired by the city's architecture. Neon yellow and pink hits on the tongue, heel, and Air Max unit are a nod to the colorful lights seen in clubs. A translucent outsole reveals the words "Unity" and "Freedom" on the right and left foot, respectively.
Look for the "Berlin" Air Max 180 to arrive exclusively at select Berlin retailers on Air Max Day 2019 (March 26) before receiving a wider launch in Europe on March 30 via Nike SNKRS.