Who should buy the Nike Air Max 2015

Don't pass up on the Air Max 2015 if you need a pair of road running shoes that is: 

  • supportive during daily runs
  • light enough for jogging
  • also suitable for walking
  • exceptionally stylish for casual wear 

Nike Air Max 2015 air max

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for an affordable shoe, a speed trainer, or a long-distance running shoe, you can write off the  Nike Air Max 2015. 

Nike Air Max 2015: 360-degree comfort

The 2015 version of the Nike Air Max sees an upper revamp that takes comfort up a notch. Its softer engineered mesh upper is a welcome update among runners. Not once have they experienced any blisters or rubbing. 

There's also an inner sleeve in the upper that enhances the shoe's plushness. It wraps the foot with a luxe cushion, testers swear they can wear it "all day." 

Nike Air Max 2015 black running shoe

Although padded, the upper has larger perforations, making the shoe very "breathable." Even under humid conditions, reviewers state it remains cool. 

Seamless transitions

There are flex grooves on the shoe's forefoot, allowing easy and natural-feeling heel-to-toe transitions. The Air Max also has gender-specific flex grooves to accommodate runners better. 

Nike Air Max 2015 flex grooves

Lightweight

Thanks to the shoe's update, it sheds off some weight. Experts have also felt this on the run, saying the shoe doesn't drag them down. 

Supportive

A number of runners mention that the midfoot wrap is better than the earlier version. The biggest change in the upper is the presence of the Flywire cables, providing a snugger fit as they are directly connected to the laces and midsole.

Nike Air Max 2015 flywire

Fit aside, the Nike Air Max 2015 is also supportive in the midsole. The full-length blown Zoom Air unit provides a firmer ride, preventing excessive movements of the feet.

Apart from comfort, the inner sleeve added to the upper also doubles down on lockdown. And to fend off heel slips, there's an overlay fused to the rear side. 

For low-visibility runs

Nike Air Max 2015 night runs

The Swoosh logo is made with reflective materials, making the Air Max perfect for night or low-light runs. 

Nike Air Max 2015: An eye candy

According to most runners, the Nike Air Max 2015 is one of the "best-looking" shoes on the market. It has bold colorways that come in a futuristic package. 

Lags behind in responsiveness

Despite being loaded with Nike's most energetic midsole tech — Nike Zoom Air — the shoe doesn't feel lively. The Cushlon foam is also very scant, it doesn't make the ride better. 

Nike Air Max 2015 nike zoom

Not grippy

Even on dry surfaces, the shoe's outsole doesn't latch well, noted a handful of commenters. 

Nike Air Max 2015 traction

Expensive

At $190, it's Nike’s most expensive shoe. Worse, its lackluster performance doesn't justify the price. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 13.2oz / Women 11oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Air Max 2017
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Max
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.