Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers have cited how stylish the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is.
  • The shoe met and exceeded most buyers’ expectations, especially when comfort is concerned.
  • According to the majority of the reviews, the shoe runs true to size and the fit is superb.
  • Some users have received a lot of compliments when they wear the shoe. 
  • The shoe doesn’t scuff off easily as mentioned by some purchasers.
  • Many are satisfied that the shoe looks better in the actual than in the photos.
  • Most reviews have noted that the Foamposite Pro is easy to clean.
  • Some purchasers mention that this sneaker has good traction, just like most Nike basketball-inspired sneakers.
  • The shoe is expensive, but most buyers say that it is worth every penny.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviews complain that the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is heavy.
  • The break-in period of this shoe takes quite some time, according to most reviews.
  • The shoe is not breathable according to some reviews.
  • Most purchasers have said that they had a hard time obtaining a pair since the Foamposite Pro is one of Nike’s popular shoes with highly anticipated releases.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro is one of the most well-known Nike basketball shoes of all time. As one of the two silhouettes that debuted the Nike Foamposite technology, sneakerheads and casual consumers alike anticipate each of its releases even 20 years after it became available for all to enjoy.

It is a retro sneaker that continues to make most sneaker fans giddy with delight from its comfort and aesthetic value.

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Good to know

Foamposite Pro from Nike is available in men’s sizes. This sneaker provides plenty of ankle support. Nike's basketball heritage is very evident in the support and stability provided by this sneaker.

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro is a basketball shoe with distinguishable foam upper and large Swoosh logo on the sides. Wearers rock their Foamposite Pro not only in the court, but also in casual wear. Many colorways are available to choose from, but each colorway surely turns heads everywhere.

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro’s most notable features are the large Swoosh logos located on its sides and the foam upper material. The foam is made from a liquid boiled at a temperature of 130 - 175°F and subsequently molded, cooled, and solidified. The shoe also uses carbon fiber midfoot support plate, a full-length Zoom Air sole unit, and a full-length “Dynamic Fit” inner sleeve.

Nike introduced its Foamposite technology in 1997 through the Nike Air Foamposite One and the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Both were designed by Eric Avar, but what distinguished the two models apart is the large Swoosh logo on the sides and the lack of any 1CENT logo on the Foamposite Pro. The Foamposite One, one the other hand, was debuted by NBA star Penny Hardaway and bears the athlete’s 1CENT logo on the tongue and back heel.

The Nike Foamposite design was inspired by a beetle insect. The Foamposite One was originally intended for Scottie Pippen and not Penny Hardaway. Back in 1997, the concept behind the Foamposite was quiet next to impossible and Nike had issues dealing in its manufacturing process. Fortunately, the South Korean TV and car company Daewoo came to rescue and played an important role in the development of the shoe.

On its initial release, the price of the Foamposites was expensive at $180 in retail mainly due to the expensive production cost. A single mold alone for these shoes were valued at around $750,000. The hefty price tag resulted in a difficulty in selling and the shoes had to be put on sale just to attract buyers.

Of the two silhouettes, the Foamposite Pro was the first one to retro in seven colorways in 2001. The Foamposite One retroed six years after and only in four colorways.  Both silhouettes will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017.

  • While the Nike Air Foamposite Pro and the Nike Air Foamposite One are two of the most renowned Nike shoes featuring the Foamposite technology, there are also several Nike shoes that feature this technology. Some of these are the Air Penny III, the Total Air Foamposite Max, the Air Flightposite, the Air Pureposite, the Air Flightposite II, the Clogposite, the Jumpman Team Masterpiece, the Trainerposite, and many others.
  • The Foamposite Pro is also available in various sizes such as Big Kid, Little Kid, Toddler, and Infant Gift Pack.
  • The Foamposite’s two silhouettes, the Foamposite One and the Foamposite Pro, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017. 
  • Juelz Santana, T.I., Andre Drummond, D’Angelo Russell, Q-Tip, DeMar DeRozan, and Marshawn Lynch are some celebrities were seen wearing the Nike Air Foamposite Pro.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.