95 and 97 may be numbers that loom particularly large in the imagination when it comes to Air Max, but 1998 was a bumper crop year in the field of air cushioned sneakers. Twenty-one years on from 1998, and the Air Max 98 is finally back in the limelight, thanks to a slate of 20th anniversary releases in 2018; some 98 models are popular favorites, others are underrated gems, but all of them are classics.
Tasked with following the iconic Air Max 97, the Air Max 98 kept the full length Max Air sole, and made performance-enhancing tweaks to the upper design, notably a synthetic leather and mesh upper reduced weight from previous models and an external lacing structure. An overall, more athletically inspired design distinguished the 98 from its immediate predecessors.
After a successful year celebrating its anniversary, the Air Max 98 slots into regular rotation with a new set of colorways. Here, a neutral take on the fluid, aerodynamic lines opts for a luxury auto interior vibe.