Size and fit

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.

Nike Air Max 200 SE Style

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.

Notable Features

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 Air Max 200 SE History

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.

Nice to know

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

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 200
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Nylon, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.