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

11 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed with the comfortable in-shoe feel this shoe provided.
  • The Air Force 1 Mid is available in numerous colorways.
  • This versatile sneaker can be worn during the summer and winter, dressed up or dressed down, most Nike fans advised.
  • “Clean” and “stylish” were words commonly used to describe this sneaker’s retro-styled silhouette.
  • Those who have worn this shoe daily, as well as for long walks and gym training, were pleased that the shoe held up well.
  • Reasonably-priced, this sneaker was highly-recommended by most who have tried it.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, the Nike Air Force 1 Mid is durable and breathable.
  • Although very popular, this shoe is easy to cop, noted by a few buyers.
  • It provides good ankle support and stability, not to mention good traction and shock absorption, according to several wearers.
  • Others thought this casual shoe was easy to clean. The dark-colored models stayed clean for a long time, some remarked.
  • One consumer was happy to see that this product is available in large sizes.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Made of average quality leather, several complained that the leather on the toe box creased easily.
  • Some disliked that the shoe squeaked.
  • More than a handful noted that the Nike Air Force 1 Mid’s size runs a half size up to a full size larger than their usual choice.
  • It fits a bit narrow, some disclosed.
  • To get the right level of comfort, the shoe had to be broken in. A few thought the shoe did not break in easily.
  • This model was hard to put on, not many noticed.
  • One wearer complained about the laces stating that it was too long.

Bottom line

Arguably the highest selling athletic footwear, the Nike Air Force 1 is most desired for its performance and style. Built to endure the intense game of basketball, this iconic sneaker’s game-changing design proved that fashion can co-exist with function.

Although the Air Technology in this b-ball classic turned lifestyle sneaker has taken a backseat, the Nike Air Force 1 Mid's prominence in the market remains. Sold at a budget-friendly price, this footwear is easily available to average Janes and Joes looking for kicks that are versatile, durable, not to mention fashion-forward.


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Nike Air Force 1 Mid History

Groundbreaking, timeless and bold, the Nike Air Force 1’s vintage look appeals to many, sneaker enthusiasts and basketball fanatics included. Launched in the year 1982, this high-top hoop shoe, which was named after the presidential aircraft of the US, was the first to feature the revolutionary Nike Air Technology.

The success of this shoe was evident since its initial wear test. Tinker Hatfield, then corporate architect now famous shoe designer, was among the first few who wore and tested the shoe. Amazed with its performance, this experience triggered his passion for shoe design and instigated a career change.

In order to introduce this product to the general public, 6 NBA players wore the shoe on the hardwood. Dubbed as the “Original Six”, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, Michael Cooper,  Calvin Natt, Jamal Wilkes and Mychal Thompson proved that this shoe does not only look good, it also plays hard on the court.

Despite being a hit among NBA players, as well as sneakerheads, the brand decided to discontinue the production of this well-loved sneaker in 1984. Demand, however, remained high and fans were incessant on seeing this shoe back on the shelves. Although "retro-ing" was unheard of during those days, this product just had to be re-released, and it did, two years after.

Since its inception, the shoe has been revamped and reinvented. Originally, it came with a high-top profile. Soon after, a low-rise version debuted. The mid-cut rendition, however, was introduced almost a decade after the AF1’s first launch.

To date, the renowned Air Force 1 can be seen in over 1700 versions. In spite its many transformations, it is fitting to see that little has changed from the shoes original silhouette. Its popularity also remains without the need for expensive marketing campaigns.

Nike Air Force 1 Mid Style

Although the high-tops are the most coveted among all three Air Force 1’s, the mids definitely has something to boast. Similar to its siblings, this shoe is also an eye-catcher. Men can easily pair this lifestyle sneaker with jeans, shorts and joggers while women would look great when they match this shoe with their favorite t-shirt dresses and leggings.

The Nike Air Force 1 Mid is available in multiple colorways. Despite the multitude of color schemes offered, the all white and all black remain the crowd favorite and are considered as a wardrobe essential.

Fit & Sizing

Commonly crafted with leather, this shoe ensures to provide ample support and stability. Its narrow construction, however, would only supply minimal toe room. In spite of having a leather upper, it still manages to offer adequate ventilation as the shoe and tongue are lined with breathable mesh.

Made for all genders, men’s sizes range from 6-18 while women’s sizes range from 5-12. It generally runs true to length.

Notable Features

These kicks' mid-top profile is very noticeable from afar. Simple and clean, the AF1 Mid’s silhouette is enhanced with the addition of the Velcro-strap that is connected to the shoe. This also improves the shoe’s fit.

The Nike Air Force 1 Mid is also popular for its full-length Phylon midsole. Encapsulated on the heel is an Air-sole unit that offers responsive cushioning and improved shock absorption. To top it off, the shoe’s solid, non-marking rubber outsole features pivot points in the forefoot and heel. This enhances the shoe’s durability as well as multi-directional traction.

Additional Info

  • Aside from having an all-leather upper, some colorways feature an upper made of a mix of materials which can be synthetic, leather or textile.
  • The perforations on the forefront improve the shoe’s breathability.
  • For added comfort and enhanced ankle support, the Nike Air Force 1 Mid’s collar is generously padded.
  • Optimal fit can be achieved with the help of the easy lace-up closure that includes flat laces.
  • A version dubbed as the Nike Air Force 1 Mid ‘07 is also available. Unlike other AF1 mids, this rendition features a rectangular lace medallion, also known as “Deubrè”, with the AF1 inscription.
  • The famous “Swoosh” logo can be found on the shoe’s lateral and medial side as well as on the strap and the forefront, just below the lacing system.
  • Other distinguishable features are the Air callout on the midsole and the Nike Air wordmark on the heel. Branding can also be found on the tongue and the undersole.