When talking Nike‘s Air Max technology, as we have been doing all day today, you have to include sneakerheads from all over the world. Like @glackster. Proud owner of nearly 13K Instagram followers, where he’s often seen strutting around England in some of the most rare and incredible Air Max sneakers of the last 20-30 years, Nick Glackin didn’t grow up idolizing Michael Jordan the way many American kids did. Instead, he was attracted to visible Air, his love starting in high school while seeing his friends come into school with new sneakers and wanting them, needing them. In 1991, he copped the Nike Air TW Lite II and was so obsessed that he even cut them open to take a closer look at the shoe’s Air unit.
“I never thought of myself as a collector when I was growing up, or even in my late teens or early 20s,” Glackin wrote to me via email last year, “as I always used to wear them ’till they were dead, or I’d skateboard in them and kill them off completely, I never really had a lot of disposable income in those years, I was always traveling or snowboarding, so the latest trainers would tease me from the shelf!”
Over the years, Glackin’s collection expanded into one of the best you’ll find on the ‘gram, and now features hyped sneakers like the Infrared Air Max 90, the Air Max 1 and Supreme “Animal Pack” collaboration, and even the Air Max 1B atmos “Safari.”
Glackin says he doesn’t have an end game, either. He simply loves the sneakers, saying, “Some people collect stamps, some collect fine art, I like sneakers, for me.”
To celebrate National Air Max Day, we asked one of the illest collectors anywhere in the world what makes this tech so hot. This is an Ode to the Nike Air Max, From @glackster.
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