Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $190
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 12.9oz
    Women: 11.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm

    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Nov 2016
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Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 2017 solidifies the line’s tradition of mixing performance and lifestyle with its cool, sophisticated looks and solid performance on track.
  • It is extremely comfortable, according to several reviewers.
  • It comes in different color combinations.
  • The shoe has sufficient reflectivity for low-visibility running.
  • A few runners noted that it has better quality than the 2016 edition.
  • The cushioning absorbs shock well, based on the experience of several users.
  • It is great for all day wear, as a running shoe or as a casual footwear.
  • More than a few mentioned that is several times better than the past model.
  • The 2017 version of the Air Max showed little sign of wear after being extensively used on the road, as noticed by a small number of runners.
  • Some avid fans of the series agreed that the quality and construction of the latest version of the Air Max are a notch better than the predecessor.
  • It works well as a gym shoe, according to some reviewers.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The $190 price tag is too tough to swallow.
  • It is a bit smaller than before.
  • It is also slightly narrower than the 2016 version.
  • The new tongue, which is attached, caused a little too much snugness or tightness even if the laces are adjusted, based on the reviews of several runners.
  • A small number of runners found the cushioning too hard.
  • Some very loyal fans of the Air Max felt that the air bag design is long overdue for a change as it could really improve the line’s performance as a running shoe.

Bottom line

Nike is steadfast in its aim of blending performance and lifestyle with every release of the Air Max series. The 2017 Nike Air Max is no different as it thrives on its ability to match superior comfort, adequate arch support, and insane looks. Although the price won’t allow everyone to own a pair, this should be one of those shoes that people will be itching to get their hands on.

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Expert Reviews

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70 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

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Updates to Nike Air Max 2017

  • Nike made several changes in the flagship model of the Air Max series. In the 2017 Nike Air Max, the most visible change is the removal of the Flywire cables. The loop-to-the-laces technology is replaced with a more traditional structure.
  • By removing the Flywire cords, Nike made some changes in the heel and midfoot to provide excellent fit and support. This shoe offers a new molded foam in the said areas. In lieu of the cords, the foam provides adequate hold, support, and a more comfortable feel.
  • Nike sculpted the Cushlon foam in the midsole to provide better flexibility. As the Air Max unit is quite thick, the flexibility of the midsole foam gives it a little more balance and spring.

Nike Air Max 2017 size and fit

Known more as a lifestyle shoe rather than a “real” running shoe, the fit of the Nike Air Max 2017 is supremely comfortable. It is easily an all day, everywhere shoe because of the generous fit that still provides sufficient support and locked down feel. The molded foam in the heel and the midfoot give a sense of a wraparound feel that is really nice to the skin. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole of the Air Max 2017 is basically that of the earlier version. It uses the plastic-like construction with countless small nubs placed all over the underfoot. The nubs of the Waffle design provide the much-needed traction from an outsole of this type. There are also a couple of flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.


Midsole

The biggest attraction in the midsole and basically the entire shoe is the full-length Air Max cushioning. It is made of Cushlon foam together with Nike’s innovative gas technology for a more bouncy and shock-absorbing combination. On top of the Air Max cushioning is the standard Cushlon foam for more responsiveness and durability.


Upper

The new Flymesh upper is needed to provide more structure as the 2017 Nike Air Max does away with the reliable Flywire cables. It is very breathable and has the right combination of flexibility and firmness. Besides the molded foam in the heel and midfoot for a foot-hugging support, there is also a partial inner sleeve that wraps the foot like a glove. Nike uses reflective elements in the upper for low-visibility running.