BUILDING ON AN EMPIRE Taking on a timeless design, the NikeLab Air Max Empire Women's Shoe combines two iconic looks. Referencing classical Rome, this execution takes interwoven leathers to create a textural look that blends boldly with the 1995 Air Max profile. Benefits: • Leather and synthetic upper for durability • Cut outs and mesh panels offer breathability • Visible Max Air units for classic, lightweight cushioning • Rubber outsole for traction Nike Air Max Origins Nike's revolutionary Air-Sole unit made its way into Nike footwear in the late '70s. In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted with visible air in its heel, allowing fans more than just the feel of Air-Sole comfort suddenly they could see it. Since then, next-generation Nike Air Max shoes have become a hit with athletes and collectors by offering striking color combinations and reliable, lightweight cushioning.