Who should buy the Nike Air Max 2021
If you're already wild about shoes with Nike Air bubble, this kick will suit you more if:
- you prefer the monstrous sole look minus all the heaviness
- you opt for a less futuristic Air Max sneaker than the 2090
- you like a subtly encased version of the protruded sole found in the 270
Who should NOT buy it
Nike Air Max 2021 gets dual-air chambers
Nike puts a new meaning to Air-sole comfort with the drop of the Nike Air Max 2021. This new brood from the Air Max family receives an oversized bubble on the heel that’s partly concealed in a caged TPU chamber. It seems like a genetic mashup of the previous year’s Air Max 2090 and the Air Max 270. If you want the added height, comfort, breathability, and a fashion-forward style, this shoe might pull at your heartstrings.
Nike Air Max 2021’s comes with a specialized foam that helps alleviate pressure on the impact zones, primarily under the ball of the foot. This padding under the ball of the foot appeals to users as it feels more squishy than the air unit that extends far beyond the heel.
Swollen out heel bubble still got that bounce
It showcases an improved TPU caged design encasing a dual-pressure Air unit that’s more aggressive-looking than the heel bubble on the Air Max 2090. This air inside the bubble is closely packed but offers the needed springiness.
Those who find this comfy liked the removable insole so much as it feels a lot “softer than OrthoLite sockliners.”
Wearers are fascinated that its engineered mesh wrapping is “easy-to-clean.”
Weighs very little
Even with screaming dual Air bladders, Air Max diehards say it doesn’t weigh their feet down.
Running sneaker hunters appreciate the amount of airflow this kick offers.
That bubble takes the place of platforms and wedges
Its Air bubbles peeking through honeycomb-like windows is as eye-grabbing as on the AM 270 sneakers.
Buyers with extra wide feet find this one of the constricting shoes among the Air Maxes. Wearers describe the forefoot as “compacted.” They hoped it was roomier.
Its cover won't stretch too wide
Unlike Flyknit sneakers, its mesh and the ripstop cover aren’t stretchy enough.
Peppered by microdots for added life
Synthetic microdots are placed around the toe as a form of reinforcement. These appear like rigid polyurethane (RPU) dots used in the Adidas SoleCourt Boost Clay, a performance tennis shoe.
Goodbye waffle tread, hello screw-like lugs
Traditional Nike Waffle tread, as seen in Nike Air Max 95, is replaced with screw-like lugs that offer a decent amount of traction.
It won't rip out quickly
This kick is covered with a synthetic ripstop arrangement, the same kind you'll see in the Air Max Tailwind IV and Nike Daybreak SP. This mechanical woven material can resist tearing than typical mesh or nylon.
Go playful with your style
Its lacing system comes with a set of eyestays and ghillie loops which give you style flexibility and a fully adjustable fit.
It took a step towards sustainability
Like Nike Grind shoes with upcycled components, this kick is assembled utilizing 20% recycled content.