When it comes to Nike’s Air Max family, not all shoes are created equal. Some, like the Air Max 1 and Air Max 95, became instantly iconic—spurred by tremendous design and commercial success. Others, like the Air Max 97, became popular in certain circles and were eventually adopted by the masses years later. The Air Max 98, though, broke from the rest of the family not only because it eschewed the sleek designs of its predecessors, but because Nike largely left it untouched in the years following the original release.

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