Air Max Tailwind IV
After a long period of hiatus, the Tailwind is back on track - courtesy of Supreme.
- Nike x Supreme
- Speckled Woven Mesh/Bouclé Upper
- Leather Panelling
- Metallic/Iridescent Effect Piping
- Supreme Branding on the Tongue
- Small Swoosh on Heel & Toe Vamp
- Woven Loop Lace System
Supreme make diminutive changes to the Tailwind IV. Minor additions to the silhouette include metallic effect piping on the sidewall and a portion of the heel; as well as Supreme branding being added on the tongue. The majority of the silhouette is constructed of woven bouclé fabric, which is embellished with speckled detailing in white. The large midsole houses visible Air and is completely transparent, whilst the toe vamp and rear heel complete the silhouette with a small Swoosh.
Silhouette Explored — History
A silhouette that takes design cues from the Air Max Plus TN (1998) and the Air Max 96 (1996), the Air Max Tailwind IV is part of the original Air family. The Air Revolution begun when the Air Tailwind debuted in 1978 and was the first silhouette to combine a foam midsole with Nike's Air unit, the silhouette produced a level of feather and cushioning that was unheard of, giving runners an advantage in comfort due to enhanced shock absorption. The Air Max Tailwind IV is derivative of the original Tailwind, and saw its family start in 1992 with the Air Max Tailwind I. The Air Max Tailwind IV combined a breathable mesh upper with leather panels, the quarter panels removed the Swoosh and instead housed horizontal ribbed lines that were a feature of other Air Max silhouettes (such as the 95 and the 97 - although their lines were vertical). The toe vamp and rear mid heel were home to a small embroidered Swoosh, that reflected a period of minimalistic Nike branding. The eye-catcher of the silhouette was no doubt the exaggerated segmented midsole, which concealed and revealed visible Air units across each section. The midsole of the Air Max Tailwind IV is made from carbon rubber (otherwise known as BRS-1000), one of Nike's old traction systems that is extremely durable.