Facts

Discontinued
Update: Air Max 2017
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$190
Weight
M: 377g | W: 323g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 34mm | W: 34mm
Forefoot height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 2016 was suitably lightweight for many testers.

  • The variety of colors that are available for this model made it aesthetically appealing, noted some runners.

  • Many took note that this running shoe was ‘comfortable’.

  • Several users wrote that the upper unit’s fabrics were smooth and non-irritating to the skin.

  • It had an adequate width and length, according to a number of reviewers; their feet acclimated well to it.

  • The 2016 model was more superior compared to its predecessor when it came to its features and service, some runners commented.

  • The underfoot cushioning gained praise for its springy and responsive performance.

  • A reviewer wrote that the shoe was a bit heavy, but not cumbersome.

  • Some testers stated that with the responsive mid-sole, the heel-to-toe transitions became smooth and effortless.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 2016 looked awkwardly bulky for several testers, and they wrote that the bulky look didn’t make it visually endearing.

  • Some runners reported that the Air Max unit of this shoe burst, rendering the mid-sole unit virtually unusable.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max 2016 was trusted by many runners with neutral gaits and under-pronated foot motion. For them, the mid-sole supported their feet and gave adequate cushioning. They were able to run comfortably using this product. The upper also received great reviews because of the smoothness of the coverage. But it wasn’t very endearing to a number of testers. They stated that it wasn’t a great investment because the Air Max platform burst on them, as if it was made from cheap materials.



World wide, Air Max 2016 is in the top 1% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 549 ratings

5 star
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4 star
21%
3 star
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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 79
    Hes KicksLevel 3 expert
    by Hes Kicks
    It's, like, the most expensive line for their running shoes, but they're really comfortable.
  • 79
    Shoe The Truth DrLevel 1 expert
    by Shoe The Truth Dr
    It’s all similar to the sole of the Air Max 2015… The Air unit is similar to those soles back then.
  • 90
    Amy W. BogardLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    The shoes manage to satisfy in all of the most important categories, including comfort, support, and appearances. 
  • 80
    Patrick JohnsonLevel 2 expert
    by Sneaker News
    Nikeis changing things up a little for the latestNike Air Max 2016release though, as they’ve covered up the “Air” with a sleek metallic silver midsole.
  • 72
    SoleracksLevel 2 expert
    by Soleracks
    As with many of the previous styles , the Nike Air Max 2016 is not much of a running shoe but more of a casual sneaker, recommended by its cool looks, cushioning and overall comfort it offers. 
  • 78
    EPIPHANYLevel 1 expert
    by EPIPHANY
    I just think it's a little bit expensive… Otherwise, I think they look pretty solid.
  • 75
    Pierce CLSLevel 1 expert
    by Pierce CLS
    And with this particular shoe being that you are so far lifted off of the ground just due to this actual air bubble, you're not really able to be in tune and really get that full traction-and-push.
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Updates to Air Max 2016

Nike introduces only a few changes in the 2016 model of the Air Max. Avid fans of this line will notice the slight change in the location and setup of the Flywire technology. The Flywire cables are arranged neatly and more streamlined. They are bunched together in 6 groups instead of the 5 that were previously used. The groupings are evenly spaced going towards the halfway point between the midfoot and the forefoot for a more customizable and comfortable fit.

The prominent forefoot overlay is removed in this version for more room and breathability in the forefoot.

Air Max 2016 size and fit

The ultra-sized cushioning is the perfect complement to a spacious fit that does not feel sloppy by any means. With just the right kind of snugness in the heel and midfoot, runners will feel secure and stable during running. The adequate toe room accommodates a wide variety of runners. Nike relives the fit of the prior version in the Air Max 2016. The standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s are available. Sizing is on the spot with options between 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The Waffle Pattern Outsole remains to be the outsole configuration in this line as it helps with traction and even distribution of weight with each stride. Nike uses the tough BRS 1000 carbon rubber in the outsole for exceptional durability. There are also gender-specific flex grooves for better flexibility.

Midsole

The iconic Air Max Unit is still located in the heel and forefoot for superb shock-absorbing and cushioning features. Spanning the entire length of the shoe is the lightweight and durable Cushlon foam. It has decent responsiveness and adds to the plush feel of the shoe.

Upper

An engineered mesh provides breathable coverage and a more adjustable fit that works very well with the Dynamic Flywire cables. Nike adds another group in the Flywire construction to enable runners their most comfortable and personalized fit. These cables are directly attached to the sole and the laces, which is why they hold the foot extremely well. Nike’s use of the Notched Inner Sleeve makes sockless wearing a great option for runners.


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