Nike recently found itself in the middle of a sneaker scandal when the eagerly awaited Nike Air Max 1 '86 "Smokey Mauve" leaked ahead of schedule due to what appears to have been a shipping error. It was later discovered that Nike and LA clothing brand Kids of Immigrants collaborated to distribute the "Smokey Mauve" colorway solely to Black Market Flea vendors.
Four unique colorways of the silhouette are now known to exist thanks to the event, including the limited-edition "Smokey Mauve" that was supposed to be made available in only 1986 pairs. Online reports about additional colorways, including a "Royal" iteration, started to spread after the Air Max 1 '86 was released. To the surprise of sneakerheads, the true makeup of the "Big Bubble" wasn't disclosed until early leaked images from @HORHEAD_Sales surfaced.
The leaked photos showed a brand-new Air Max 1 '86 in a colorway that matched the Air Max Day pair: Smokey Mauve/Dark Team Red/Mauve Fume/EQ Rouge. Mesh serves as the shoe's primary material, and suede overlays, Nike Air branding, a white midsole, and the recognizable big Air bubble in the heel finish off the look.