The Best Design Didn’t Win Nike’s Air Max Day Contest

It’s been over a week since Nike’s Air Max Day contest ended, and we’re still salty about the results. Twelve “visionaries” entered, with only one poised to walk away as the winner … and the winner was Round Two head honcho Sean Wotherspoon with his vintage-inspired Air Max 97 and Air Max 1 hybrid pictured above. The only thing is … we don’t feel like he deserved to win.

Don’t get us wrong: we rock with Sean heavy. He seems like a really great guy who’s completely obsessed with his business (something we really respect), and his pair is cool too. But it’s not the coolest … and it seems as if he was a shoo-in to win from the start.

He had by far the most rabid fanbase of anyone in the contest (his Instagram follower count dwarfed the competition, some by over 100,000), and he was arguably the most well-known person in the contest overall due to the success of Round Two. When he fell behind Russian designer Artemy Lebedev (who designed the black pair pictured above) midway through the week, all it took was an Instagram shoutout from Lil Yachty to get him effortlessly back to first place.

You can’t knock the man for having and utilizing his connections, but it does suck when the best design doesn’t win. If you stripped all the names off the shoes and voted just on the merits of the design, he wouldn’t have won … and that’s a fact we firmly believe.

Oh well, what can you do? The voting period is over, we’re wrong, and the shoe that won isn’t half bad. Hell, we’re not sore losers … we might even try to cop!


What do you think of the contest? Do you think that Sean deserved to win, or did he win more off of hype than anything else? Hit us up and let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.


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