Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Based on a majority of reviews, people admire how comfortable the Nike Air Foamposite One feels on the feet. 
  • Many have stated how stylish they thought the shoe was, with one buyer saying that the shoe was a definite eye-catcher.
  • Some testers have reported that the shoe gives excellent ankle support.
  • Several consumers say that the colors look much more vibrant in person, especially under the sunlight. 
  • A few people have observed that the Air Foamposite One’s sole has good traction.
  • One user thinks the metallic red colorway is ‘dope’ while another has mentioned the goldposite colorway as a head-turner.
  • A number of those who reviewed the shoe are pleased that it is easy to clean.
  • A couple of individuals state that the 3M laces were the ‘cherry on top’ of an already good thing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The breathability factor of the Foamposite One from Nike has received many negative feedbacks.
  • Several testers feel that the shoe is too heavy.
  • Some consumers note that the shoes are quite expensive.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Foamposite One is not an affordable shoe, but it does make up for it with comfort and an arresting design.

It feels perfectly snug and cozy on the feet. Regular sneaker fans may find it a bit expensive, but with exceptional ankle support and vibrant colorways, the sneaker still seems like a good deal. 

Facts

Style: Retro
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Lifestyle Shoes
Closure: Laces
Designer: Eric Avar
Material: Air Sole, Leather, Rubber Sole
Technology: Foamposite
Features: Reflective
Price: $230
Colorways: Beige, Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 9/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 8/10
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Rankings

A top 4% best sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
A popular pick

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The Nike Air Foamposite One is available in men’s and women’s versions. There used to be only the men’s edition, but some women’s exclusives have been released in recent years. 

This sneaker has a high-cut construction, which along with the Foamposite material of the upper, provides excellent medial and lateral support. 

A regular lace-up closure system is featured in this sneaker. A heel and tongue pull tab provides easy access in and out of the footwear.

Sizing runs to the narrow side and may be fixed by a size adjustment—a half size up from your usual Nike shoe measurement.

Sneaker fans should not be daunted by the Nike Air Foamposite One’s contemporary look. This shoe goes well with most types of casual clothes including shorts, jeans, and black joggers.

The Air Foamposite One features a Foamposite upper which helps mold the shoe to the wearer’s foot. It also utilizes a polyurethane midsole and the Zoom Air-Sole technology for responsive cushioning. An inner bootie gives the shoe a sock-like feel, and a translucent outsole made of rubber provides a durable grip.

The Nike Air Foamposite One first debuted in 1997. The original colorway was a dark neon royal blue. It quickly became Penny Hardaway’s signature shoe and was one of the priciest basketball shoes of that era. It had a futuristic look and was made up of a seamless liquid Foam mold, carbon-fiber midfoot plate, and a Zoom air unit. It looked bulky, and the masses did not warm up to it at first, but it has over time, turned into a cult classic.

The Air Foamposite One’s idea came from a molded sunglass case made of EVA foam. Eric Avar, the lead designer of the Air Foamposite, says they wanted to create a seamless shoe that would conform to the feet just like the case did to the object inside it. The design, on the other hand, was inspired by a beetle’s exoskeleton. It took them three years to create a shoe just like the one they envisioned.

  Colorways

In 2007, after ten years from its initial debut, The Air Foamposite One was again released in its original colorway as well as in Black/Anthracite, Black/Red, and Black/Cactus. A year later, a very rare colorway named Dark Army was released by House of Hoops.

During 2009, the now-iconic Eggplant colorway was released. It came back out in 2010 along with the Copper and Cough Drop colorways. A tribute pack to Penny Hardaway designed by Sole Collector dropped in 2011, with an astronomical price tag of $1,000.

The year 2012 saw a lot of new shades being released. It was also the year that marked the start of the Foamposite madness where one guy even offered his car in exchange for the very rare Galaxy colorway. Another notable color scheme released during this year was designed in collaboration with Laika Studios to promote the movie ParaNorman. It had bright green soles and a smoke print on the shell. An embroidered “Weird Wins” can be seen on the heel.

Year on year since 2012, several colorways of the shoe dropped, including printed ones such as the Weatherman. It wasn’t until 2014 when the black and red Supreme versions were released that pandemonium, such as in the time of the Galaxy, reigned again. Vast numbers of fans gathered in one of Supreme’s store location, causing the in-store release to be scrapped and the shoes sold online instead.

In 2017, Nike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Foamposite One by revisiting classic colorways and releasing retro renditions. The brand also released a new edition in November called Legion Green. Meanwhile, a new color called Abalone came out in the spring of 2018.

  • The Air Foamposite One first debuted on the feet of NBA’s Mike Bibby.
  • It is one of the most-sought after retro shoes.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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