Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A great number of purchasers agree that the AM200 SE features an all-around comfort for the feet.
  • Most of the reviewers appreciate the overall durability that this shoe performs.
  • Sneaker wearers find the exclusive make-up unique for the men’s and women’s edition.
  • The cushioned insole offers much-needed comfort and support, shares several users.
  • For a special release, many appreciate that this pair is priced equally as the Nike Air Max 200.
  • The shoe is light on foot.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users mention they find the padding on the tongue is too thick.
  • Some testers find that the ladies’ indigo colorway is hard to style.

Bottom line

Although looking very similar to the AM 200, the sleek white and in-the-face purple/blue hue color variations make up for a great addition to one’s sneaker collection. 

Beyond the color, the Air Max 200 SE offers the same Air underfoot cushioning that ensures superior comfort for all-day wear.

Facts

Running true to size, this running-inspired sneaker is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Durable rounded shoestrings with leather overlay and suede lace panel give the wearer the freedom for a snug or looser fit. To hold the laces in place is a tab in the middle of the tongue.

The collar and tongue are lined with textile padding for added support and cushioning. A heel tab allows for a quick and easy entry. Also, the leather mudguard provides additional toe protection and durability.

Sporting the same overlays and paneling as the Nike Air Max 200, this version does away with the mesh upper and replaces it with textile for a cleaner layout.

Men’s colorway in white/grey/orange takes inspiration from the lava that spews out of a volcanic eruption. With the white and grey colors predominantly covering the entire shoe, exuding a clean aesthetic, one will not have any difficulty wearing this pair.

  • An on-the-go businessman can wear a pair of AM200 SE on the feet and match it with a plain white polo shirt under a grey blazer, tucked into khaki cotton pants folded at the seams. Getting ready to conquer the boardroom never looked this stylish.

For the ladies’ colorway, Nike took inspiration from the rough waves of the ocean and incorporated the purple/blue/black colorway. 

  • To make the colors stand out in the gym, one can don a pair of black Lululemon pants and a muted blue sports bra. Ready to take on the weights and the battle rope.

An addition to Nike’s Air Max range, this low-top trainer possesses the extra-large Max Air unit in the midsole and insole for a more cushioning feel. Because of this, the shoe feels more lightweight, allowing for a more buoyant feel.

Upon closer look, diamond-pattern fabric on the men’s white upper and tongue serves as an accent all on its own. 

One defining feature in the purple/blue colorway is a modern detailing that includes bubble wrap-inspired accents on the tongue.

Nike, which was initially known as Blue Ribbon Sports, was founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman. The company is based in Beaverton, Oregon.

Before it created its first shoe, BRC’s business model was distributing Japan-based Onitsuka, the parent company of Tiger, running shoes to the United States. However, in the 1970s, BRC and Onitsuka’s relationship were collapsing, and so they decided to end the partnership. BRC then changed its name to Nike -- Greek goddess of victory. 

                 An Airy stride

Frank Rudy created the revolutionary Air cushioning system technology in the late 70s. He first brought the idea of putting small airbags to be placed on a shoe's sole to Nike in 1977.

The first Air cushioning was incorporated into a running shoe, the Nike Tailwind. Then, the bags were included in a basketball and a tennis shoe three years later. It was not until in 1987 when the innovative Air cushioning technology caught the eyes of the consumers. Renowned Nike designer Tinker Hatfield made the Air technology visible in the Nike Air Max 1, which pioneered the Nike Air Max line.

                 More Air

An improved Air was launched in July 2019 by Nike. The Nike Air Max 200 is a running-inspired silhouette that features the prominent visible Air Max windows on the heel to give that athletic vibe and soft cushioning feel. Modernizing the look, it features a lightweight and breathable mesh uppers, no-sew skin, and TPU frame.

Mimicking the Air Max 180, it shows the midsole shape and a larger Max Air unit that provides 200% more Air underfoot cushioning.

  • The women’s version has a removable trinket that features a transparent Swoosh containing tiny bubble-like particles.

Author
Danny McLoughlin
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.

daniel@runrepeat.com