Since an aerospace engineer named Frank Rudy inserted a gall-filled polyurethane capsule into the sole of the Nike Air Tailwind in 1979, the footwear industry has been revolutionised over the course of three storied decades. The legacy of this technological breakthrough has seen renewed attempts in defining what it means to be 'light on your feet'. The rest of this post could easily be dedicated to any one of the 12 Nike air sole units pictured above. All 12 stand in testament to Nike being at the forefront in continually developing this initial invention of 1979. The cynic within us all would accredit such achievements to the original conception and patenting of the technology by Nike but in reality it has not prevented others from trying. After all the engineering may be patentable but the air is anybodies to play around with as Feiyue have recently demonstrated with their flying project of 2011.
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