Facts

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Low Top

Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

Mid Top

Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

High Top

Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

Good to know

Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

Inspired from

Sports

Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

Collection

Good to know

Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

Price
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Special editions

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 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Almost all gave this sneaker a two thumbs up for the comfortable in-shoe feel it provided.
  • The low-top Air Max 95 Essential got heaps of compliments for its stylish looks.
  • It was recognized by many for its quality materials that looked good and felt nice. It also earned positive feedback for its solidly-built construction.
  • Comfortable, breathable and durable, many perceived this sneaker as a perfect everyday footwear. Others even said that it could be worn all year round, rainy days and warm summer months included.
  • Despite its average to expensive price point, a good number considered the Air Max 95 a product worth buying at its original retail rate.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, this supplied adequate support and sufficient cushioning.
  • Some were pleased that this product remained comfortable after wearing it for work for extended hours as well as long walks.
  • This iteration is as good as the original, not many informed. One buyer disclosed that this model might even be better since it was offered in hues not seen in the original version.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A few wished this model is released in the original’s classic colors. Some just wanted to see this model in more color combinations.
  • The Air Max 95 looked bulkier and felt heavier compared to other running shoes, several observed.
  • Less than a handful had to get a bigger pair adding that this model fits a bit smaller than their standard choice.
  • It runs slightly wide, not many users mentioned.
  • To get the right level of comfort, this sneaker has to be broken in, noted by one purchaser.
  • Some colorways looked brighter in person than online, according to a few Nike fans.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max 95 was perceived as ahead of its time when it first appeared. It remains that way till now, even after over twenty years of existence. Always a crowd-pleaser, this sneaker has consistently been steeply-priced. Its cost, however, did not hinder Nike fanatics from copping a pair whenever a new one is released.

The Nike Air Max 95 Essential flaunts the original’s sporty, stylish silhouette. A no-frills version created for those who wish to keep things fuss-free, it is desired for its durability and plush comfort as well as the natural ride it can give its wearers. Its steep pricing didn’t matter especially for those who have experienced it first hand. Extremely satisfied with its performance, some are even left addicted and craving for more.


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Nike Air Max 95 Essential History

The development of the groundbreaking Air-Sole technology back in the late 1970’s marked one of the brand’s milestones. Recognized for its superior cushioning and enhanced shock absorbing properties, it instigated the rise of one of Nike’s most-coveted lines, the Air Max.  

In 1995, trained industrial designer Sergio Lozano was given the task to design the 7th model for the iconic Air Max collection. Aiming to recapture the attention of runners and running enthusiasts alike, Lozano and his creative team pushed their boundaries to create a running shoe that boasted improved performance, not to mention individuality.

Design inspiration can come from various things. Lozano found his in Nike’s library. Fascinated by the human anatomy, the Air Max 95’s silhouette was based on the human body's elaborate construction. Its upper accented with layered panels resembled the muscle fibers and flesh, the nylon eyelets are likened to the ribs, the mesh represented the skin while the rugged midsole corresponded to the spine.

Clearly departing from the trend that Nike has set for their running shoes, its design was, on the onset, perceived as controversial. It not only flaunted an unconventional design, but it was also the first to have a visible air forefoot unit, a black midsole, as well as a gradient gray hue, a color considered as unpopular during that period.

In spite of the Air Max 95’s questionable features, this shoe, later on, became a hit. Soon enough, it was adopted by the popular culture and considered as a fashion staple.

To date, this runner turned lifestyle sneaker maintains its iconic status. Its popularity is proven by the numerous variations released for this model. The Nike Air Max 95 Essential was one of this model’s versions that dropped without warning. Stripped off of unusual materials and straying away from unneeded gimmicks, this model still managed to earn a following despite its unannounced entry.

Nike Air Max 95 Essential Style

Run errands and work out in style with the low-top Nike Air Max 95 Essential. Strutting a look that defies the norm, this runner-inspired shoe’s chunky silhouette, which is crafted with a variety of materials, remains appealing to a lot of fans. Paired with sweats, jeans, and shorts, expect this model to make heads turn.

Fit & Sizing

Made with a breathable mesh upper highlighted with supportive leather and synthetic overlays, count on this sneaker to offer sufficient support in all the right places while providing all-day comfort around the foot and underfoot. This model, which generally fits true to size, is available in men’s sizes 7-14.

Notable Features

Similar to the original model, the Air Max 95 Essential is recognized instantly for its upper’s gradient design which is commonly made of leather and synthetic. Underlaid and lined with breathable, lightweight mesh, it promises to offer comfortable and airy in-shoe feel.

The thick, aggressive-looking sole is also an eye-catcher. Equipped with an unconcealed Air bubble in the forefoot and heel, as well as a deeply-grooved Waffle rubber outsole, this sneaker ensures to deliver reliable impact cushioning, not to mention durable and flexible multi-directional traction on various terrains.

Additional Info

  • The unique nylon lacing system with rope shoestrings keeps the foot in place.
  • Some colorways have 3M hits on the heel and tongue for better visibility at low light.
  • The addition of a padded collar and tongue elevates the Nike Air Max 95 Essential’s comfort level.
  • A “Swoosh” branding is added to the rear section to complete its look.
  • The “Air Max” callout on the tongue and the “Nike Air” logo on the heel and undersole are added for further branding.