Compared to some of its more illustrious relatives on the Air Max family tree, the Air Max 96 Triax can, by reputation, come off as a bit under the radar. It isn’t a shoe like the Air Max 1, or the 90, or the 95 that is continuously name dropped and has been rereleased in countless forms. The original Air Max 96 Triax just happened to be an aerodynamic, lightweight runner that was popular with athletes and casual wearers alike. It inspired the kind of affection that would make it a different kind of legendary, in that fans clamored for it to be brought back for years before the opportunity was finally made available.
Twenty-three years after its debut, the Air Max 96 Triax has returned, in the form of two OG colorways. Featuring a mesh upper with leather overlays, minimized Swoosh branding, and a heel visible Air unit more reminiscent of old-school classics than the full length designs of its contemporaries, the Air Max 96 Triax is a seamless entry into the wave of 90s nostalgia. In fact, its almost like the Air Max 96 Triax never left in the first place.