In 1977, an inventor called Frank Rudy came to the co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, with the idea of using cushions of air as the damping in shoes. Phil Knight liked the idea, carried out a few test runs and, ever since, Nike has been developing the much-loved Air models.


The Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, is the base of one of the two factories that has designed, re-designed and perfected the Air units. Together with the second factory, in St. Charles, Missouri, Nike has already manufactured a total of 3.5 billion Air units.

For the very first time, Nike has let us peek behind the scenes in the factory by shooting the “Fresh Air from Oregon” video. In this short film, we get an introduction to all the different processing steps necessary to make Nike Air units. Impressive, right? We have many different Nike Air models in our selection. You can look at them here and choose your new favourite shoe :-)