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7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 94 is affordable. 
  • A lot of users think that many of the colorways look great.
  • It fits as expected, more than a handful of buyers have confirmed.
  • Some purchasers remark that the Nike Air Max 94 has high-quality construction.
  • The sneaker’s style earned much praise from many wearers, who found it fresh, clean, classic, and with a retro ‘90s appeal.
  • A few commenters find this shoe to be an excellent addition to the Nike Air Max collection
  • According to some reviewers, the Nike Air Max 94 is an underrated sneaker compared to the other Air Maxes. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users dislike that the shoe looked too broad in the front.
  • The toe box feels rather narrow, a few testers have grumbled.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max 94 has won reviewers over with its cool and classic style, high-quality construction, and true-to-size fit. It also has several well-received colorways. Reviewers think that the shoe offers value for the money. The sneaker is an excellent addition to the Nike casual shoe line, especially as it has a retro 1990s appeal. Some even hail it as an underrated sneaker. 


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Carrying the standard fit of Nike Air Max sneakers, the Nike Air Max 94 features the traditional lace-up front that enables the wearer to lock their foot down in a custom fit. The low-top sneaker is offered in men’s sizing. It has a mesh upper with nubuck overlays that provide support and a stable fit. Meanwhile, the low-top construction enables the ankle to move freely.

The Nike Air Max 94 may almost be left behind and almost forgotten, but for its come back, it proved that it has got what it takes to be a Nike classic. The low-top silhouette flaunts its original design and colorways along with some other new color combinations, showing off its stylish side. The sneaker flaunts its ability to conquer the streets and complements a variety of street-inspired ensembles, keeping the wearer on trend.

The classic design of the Nike Air Max 94 with its striking colorways carry its whole image. The combination of mostly nubuck, suede, leather, and mesh materials that covers the upper structure of the low-top shoe gives a distinctive appearance. Finishing off every design is its remarkable Nike Visible Air Max unit.

The Air Max series of Nike compose of both popular silhouettes and those that have been left almost forgotten. Among these models is the Nike Air Max 94. In 2015, Nike retroed the Nike Air Max 94 in which at least two of the OG colorways of the sneaker were first displayed in its release.

The Nike Air Max 94 exhibits an upper construction with a mesh base and overlays in nubuck material with a neoprene tongue. The first two colorways released both features the white sport mesh with gray overlays and hints of blue.

Another colorway then followed the first release of the Nike Air Max 94. A white base with black and gray overlays dress the upper of the sneaker, complemented with hints of neon on the tongue. The Nike Air Max unit finishes off the design of the shoe.

The next colorway iteration for the Nike Air Max 94 displays a color combination that looks as if it was inspired by the Nike Air Max 90 “OG Infrared” colorway. The mesh and nubuck upper construction of the silhouette is complemented with the Air Max unit which is only visible on the heel of the shoe.

By the Fall of 2015, three new colorways for the Nike Air Max 94 were introduced. The sneaker comes in an all blue pair, a combination of gray, black, and red colorway, and the third one is a black and white combo.

The brand also jumped into the collab wagon in the Fall of 2015 as it teamed up with size?, and gave the Nike Air Max 94 another fresh look for their size? x Nike Air Max 94 Pack. Two colorways came out from the collaboration, and the sneakers feature a soft suede upper with mesh materials on its side panels and toebox. One of the silhouettes flaunts a tonal gray colorway while the other went for a tan upper. Both of the shoes have hints of black on its tongue, lining, and their laces. Speckled details are displayed on its black midsoles which are built with a 180-degree Air Max cushioning.

In December of 2015, Nike dropped the Nike Air Max 94 Obsidian. The sneaker exhibits a tonal appearance of an all-blue aesthetic on its nubuck, suede, and mesh upper construction. The Nike Swoosh for branding adorns the side panels while the tongue Air Max branding is displayed in a Soar Blue shade. The black sole unit that shows off the visible air max unit on its heels completes the whole look of the sneaker.

In 2016, to start off the New Year, Nike gave a fresh look for the Air Max 94. A combination of light bone and night maroon graces the upper construction of mesh base and suede overlays of the silhouette with the plum color on its leather mudguard. The inner lining and the branding of the shoe also flaunted the plum color.

Following the release of the Night Maroon version of the Air Max94, Nike then introduced two more variations of the sneaker. Featuring either leather or suede upper construction, both of the silhouettes display an all-black colorway. The difference between the two iterations is that one of them exhibits a Wolf Gray bottom while the other one shows a gum bottom.

In 2018, the AM 94 made another come back with a new colorway. A color combination of Wolf Gray and Bright Crimson decorates the upper structure of a mixture of suede, nubuck, and mesh. By August of 2018, another look for the Nike Air Max 94 was released. The premium colorway for the silhouette comes in a blend of alligator/croc skin materials for its overlays. Its mudguard sports a textured leather while its Swoosh branding is made of light brown hair suede. A white midsole with the Air Max cushioning at its heel and a black outsole completes the look of the sneaker.

For the latest release of the AM94 in September 2018, the sneaker flaunts a combination of Wolf Grey, Cool Grey, and Black-Volt. This pair is an update to the 2015 release of the sneaker and the structure of the shoe features mesh and nubuck with some leather overlays.

  • The Nike Air Max 94 exhibits a gusseted tongue.
  • The mesh vamp of the silhouette offers increased breathability.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.