Nike Air Max 98 SE gives the retro kick a futuristic twist

Like the original Sergio Lozano Air Max, the updated Nike Air Max 98 SE continues to stay ahead of its time. This Nike retro sneaker is accentuated with gradient colors and added textures, creating a fashion-forward look to the original synthetic leather and mesh combo.

The Air Max 98, just like its running-inspired predecessor, was tagged as futuristic from its first drop due to its fluid design. The sweeping lines are still evident in the SE edition. However, the brand went on to push boundaries using a play of patterns for the upper, without missing on the essential component -- the visible full-length Nike Air bubble cushioning. 

Comparing the Nike Air Max 98 SE with other Air Maxes 98s

Nike Air Max 98 Supreme is a tie-up between the Swoosh label and NY fashion retailer that features shiny patent leather overlays. This kick is almost 4x pricier than the Air Max SE.

Nike x Olivia Kim Air Max 98 is a collaboration between Nordstrom and Nike that’s patched with vibrant Rastafarian colors: red, green, and gold. This kick costs less than the Nike Air Max 98 SE. 

Nike Air Max 98 Premium is an upgraded iteration of the OG model. Like the AM 98 SE, this kick uses synthetic detailing with metallic embellishment. The colors used for this model are more neutral and subdued than the special edition.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 98
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.