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

70 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 64 / 100 | Hes Kicks | | Level 4 expert

    There's a bunch of models that they've made that people don't remember and they just forget. This is gonna be one of those models that people forget.

  • 85 / 100 | jasonistan | | Level 3 expert

    I think they're pretty good.

  • 65 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    If you need a lifestyle sneaker which looks like none other, then consider the Air Max 2017. On the other hand, if a good running shoe is what you want, look elsewhere.

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