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If you are looking for a moderately cushioned raw materials shoe with serious traction, or if you are just a sucker for retros but you still want a playable shoe, the Air Maestro 2 will fit your needs perfectly. Honestly, this may be the best retro Nike has done — as far as being close to the original.
The Nike Air Maestro II Trifecta was re-released on May 10, 2018 for $140. As part of the ‘Art of a Champion’ collection, these signature shoes come with a gold Larry O’Brien Trophy hang tag.
The design of these high-top Nike basketball shoes are inspired by the early 90s. These retros come in a combination of synthetic and nubuck leather. The leathers in the retro Nike Air Maestro 2 are not as good as those in the original release. However, they are still of premium quality and comfortable.
The outsole of these Nike shoes are made of durable solid rubber. The midsole features a lightweight and full-length polyurethane foam and an encapsulated Air unit at the heel for impact protection.
The Air Maestro 2 in the modern days is considered a collector’s item. This model is said to be not appropriate for gaming anymore. Nike has the Hyperdunk series for ten years and buyers are excited to grab them every year.
Cushion. The responsiveness of the Nike Air Maestro II comes from the full-length polyurethane in its midsole. This classic midsole foam is lightweight and absorbs impact really well. The heel has an encapsulated Air unit that provides impact protection during landing. This cushioning setup suits heavy and big players well.
Traction. The Nike Air Maestro 2 comes with a durable solid rubber outsole. It is designed to withstand both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The sole features herringbone with circular patterns on the side and heel. The midfoot has two thick and wide grooves. These deliver good court grip and flexibility.
Length and Width. Nike follows shoe sizing standards. However, because of their unique designs, shoe models might run long or narrow. As for the Nike Maestro 2, there are reports from both narrow- and wide-footers that the shoe is true to size. The inner sleeve conforms to the shape of the foot for a one-to-one fit.
Lockdown. To deliver excellent lockdown without compromising comfort, the inner sleeve of the Nike Air Maestro II is filled with foam. This setup securely keeps the foot in place. As classics, these Nike shoes make use of traditional lacing systems.
The upper of the Nike Air Maestro II is made of synthetic and nubuck leather. The combination of the two leathers delivers durability. There are perforations in the sides of the shoe to help wick away moisture during play.
The Air Maestro 2 is considered one of the best-looking signature shoes from Nike. The Swoosh logos are seen on both sides of the shoe. The ‘Flight’ callout on the tongue grabs people’s attention. Another Nike branding element is found on the heel. There is also a dainty and sturdy pull tab on the heel.
The Nike Maestro 2 is one of the shoes in the ‘Art of a Champion’ collection of the Swoosh brand. The shoe comes in the Trifecta colorway. This version is a predominantly red basketball sneaker with white Swoosh logos on both sides. It also has details of black and white throughout.
The other colorways of the Nike Maestro 2 are as follows:
- Gym Red
- Hyper Jade
- Rush Orange
- White Metallic
Kith X Nike Air Maestro 2 Red Suede
Kith and Nike collaborated to re-create the Red Suede colorway of the Air Maestro 2. In 1994, Scottie Pippen wore the Air Maestro 2 Red Suede and won his first NBA All-Star Game MVP award.