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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$190
Weight
Men: 13.2oz
Women: 11oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The seamless construction and a plush inner sleeve take the runner for miles and miles of comfort in the Air Max 2015.
  • One of the best-looking shoes in the market, according to most runners.
  • There is a noticeable smoothness in the transition, based on several reviews.
  • It is significantly lighter than the previous model.
  • A good number mentioned that the midfoot wrap is better than the earlier version of the Air Max.
  • Reflective materials in the logos for low-light running.
  • The 2015 version of the Air Max has gender-specific flex grooves.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Nike’s most expensive shoe.
  • Durability is not enough considering the price range, as mentioned in many comments.
  • Traction could certainly be a lot better noted a handful.

Bottom line

The iconic Air Max line remains to be a yardstick in the 2015 model where great aesthetic appeal and decent performance go. Nike never fails to stretch the boundaries between performance and lifestyle, particularly in this model. While it is undeniably a great-looking shoe, it offers decent cushioning and responsiveness only. The arch support is moderate with a less than average traction. It lacks the performance of a shoe carrying a $200 price tag.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 287 ratings

5 star
77%
4 star
13%
3 star
3%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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74 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 64 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Taking into account the lighter weight, these are the only functional updates you’re likely to discover during a run. From a running usage standpoint, Nike’s alpha-priced running sneaker has always been about more show than go.

  • 80 / 100 by SK Running • Kredy • Level 4 expert

    The shoe stays true to its size and has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop. Something that is unusual in neutral running shoes.

  • 66 / 100 by Shoe Tiles • Shoe Expert • Level 3 expert

    Nike’s most expensive shoe isn’t its finest, yet looks unlike none other. This year’s edition comes with a brand new upper, and carries over the same sole unit.

  • 90 / 100 by Wear Testers • Nightwing 2303 • Level 1 expert

    Flexibility with maximum impact protection.

  • 90 / 100 by Your Comfy Feet • Your Comfy Feet • Level 1 expert

    The image one attaches to the Nike Air Max 2015 is one that has been typical throughout the shoes lifespan. You get a shoe that looks well balanced, especially at the rear as the heel is a little less high than competing products whilst the front looks sleek, like it will pierce whatever it runs through.

  • 85 / 100 by Media Mikes • Mike Gencarelli • Level 1 expert

    I feel like if you have purchased Air Max before you should be happy with them.

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Updates to Nike Air Max 2015

  • Nike focused the changes in the Air Max 2015 in the upper. Making an appearance in this model is the engineered mesh that has a combination of large and small holes in the upper. It is an extremely light mesh that greatly helps with the significant weight reduction. This is a softer mesh and feels plush to the feel for added comfort.
  • The biggest change in the upper is the presence of the Flywire cables. These are clearly seen outside of the upper just around the midfoot. Nike uses the technology to improve midfoot fit as these cables are directly connected to the laces and the midsole.
  • The final update in the upper is the new inner sleeve. This version of the Air Max offers better next to skin feel because of the sleeve. The inner sleeve enhances fit and comfort as well.

Nike Air Max 2015 size and fit

The main difference in fit compared to last year’s model is the snugger fit in the midfoot due to the presence of the Flywire cables. Otherwise, runners should still get excellent heel security that is not constrictive and a forefoot that has generally adequate room for the toes to naturally splay. Medium is the only available width while sizing is accurate in this shoe.


Outsole

The Waffle outsole is almost flat with numerous small square nubs. It is made of translucent rubber. As the underfoot is almost flat, this helps with the stability of a high offset shoe and with the transition from heel to toe. Nike uses deep flex grooves for enhanced forefoot flexibility.


Midsole

A full-length blown air bag that Nike patently calls as the Air Max is made of very thick air units. It creates a firmer ride and is ably supported by Cushlon foam, Nike’s regular compression-molded EVA. Providing some support and protection against puncture on the air units is a rubber sheet.


Upper

The new engineered mesh offers lightweight and breathable coverage. In this model, Nike almost does away with any sort of overlay, except for a seam around the toe box that is fused on. Logos on both sides of the shoe have reflective materials. The heel has more substantial fused on overlay for better support and structure. As always, the tongue and collar are both very well-padded. The aforementioned inner sleeve, also works with a plush insole for plush comfort.