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With abundant padding in both the shoe's collar and tongue, it provides excellent cushioning and support, while the heel Air unit protects feet against impacts during hard landings. This kick's leather upper is constructed to fit true to size.

The Nike Air Force Max 93 is exclusively available in men's sizes. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go one size down from their standard shoe size. For example, if you are a 9 in women's shoes, you should get an eight whenever you shop in the men's category. The shoe features a traditional lace-up closure for an adjustable fit and finished with a midfoot strap for an added option for a more secure fit.

The 90's era of unprecedented style and trendsetting appeal never gets old as brands continue to release retros from this decade. With its bulky silhouette and funky design, the Nike Air Force Max 93, made famous by the Fab Five, is a perfect example of this. Displaying a classic hoop style, it exudes a sporty vibe with a mix of eccentricity thanks to its fashionable colorways.

  Men’s styling tips

Pairing it with a Jordan Brand Michigan shorts or Nike basketball shorts would make an excellent tribute to the pioneer style-setters of this kick. Of course, it could also be dressed with the usual casual staples like jeans, joggers, or shorts for a laidback day. And if you want a dressier ensemble, try going for cuffed jeans and crisp button-down tee.

  Women’s styling tips

The ladies could easily pair this mid-top sneaker with a shirtdress for a sporty yet feminine outfit. Pairing the kick with shorts and a graphic T-shirt could instantly amp up this classic casual combination. Opt for an athleisure-inspired look by matching it with cozy sweatpants and sweatshirt ensemble. Finally, you could also try going for a pair of skinny jeans and a vintage tee for a simple, laidback outfit.

Embodying the best of the 90’s eccentric style, the Nike Air Force Max 93’s chunky midsole with funky detailing and the visible Air heel unit are the first things to capture your attention. Its bold yet sleek upper encapsulates a modernized construction that displays a classic basketball silhouette and topped off with a midfoot strap with the word “force” embossed on it.

A descendant of the well-known Nike Air Force 1, the Nike Air Force Max was released in 1993 as a basketball kick. It rose to fame when the "Fab Five" from the University of Michigan wore them in the court during NCAA games. The Fab Five's athleticism, flashy style of play and impeccable fashion sense captured fans and helped make the Air Force Max 93 famous.

Sported by Sir Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns, the kick experienced further fame as he rocked them throughout that year's NBA playoffs. The Nike Air Force Max 93 is also known as Barkley's signature sneaker model. The kick was usually compared to a luxury SUV due to its bold yet sleek design. Moreover, the shoe's use of the Air technology during the prime of Nike's basketball era proved to be so compelling that sales skyrocketed.

The Nike Air Force Max 93 has been re-released quite a number of times in recent years. One of the differences between newer versions and the original is the later version has a thinner visible heel Air unit compared to the original. But other than that, the pair remains the same and still stands the test of time 25 years later.


This sneaker's color options mostly complement its 90s-inspired aesthetic. With pops of bold hues, the kick could easily stand out from the rest of the crowd. The top three most famous colors are the classic Nike Air Force Max 93 in black, white, and red. Other color schemes include obsidian, tan, flax/phantom/gum light brown, ultramarine, area 72, white/university red/black, white/black/multi, white/black/cobalt, black/bright crimson/anthracite, and light carbon.

  Nike Air Force 1: The Air Force Max 93’s predecessor

The Nike AF1 is the brainchild of designer Bruce Kilgore and was manufactured as a basketball shoe with the slogan “The Air in a box.” The shoe’s design was originally derived from an archived Nike hiking cleat with a slanted collar accent angled towards the Achilles. This slanting design is said to provide flexibility and support at the same time. The Nike Air Force 1 is also the brand’s first basketball model to integrate the Air technology with the aim of providing better impact protection.

The classic AF1 debuted in 1982 with a high-top profile and a removable ankle strap. A year later, a low-top iteration of the AF1 was introduced in a triple white colorway to be used as a casual lifestyle shoe in order to amass a broader following.

  • The pair's tongue is crafted from mesh, allowing more breathability.
  • Its tongue is also gusseted to prevent it from slipping and moving around.
  • Perforation detailing are placed on the toebox, midfoot strap, and both lateral and medial sides of the shoe for added ventilation.
  • This Nike Air Force Max 93's Air unit is more prominent compared to the original version.
  • Plastic heel cups are provided for enhanced support.
  • The midfoot strap offers a secure and lockdown fit.
  • The Nike Air Force Max is also available in CB (Charles Barkley) and EP versions.


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