The striking design of the Nike Air Max Alpha Savage doesn’t let the shoe fly below the radar that easily. 

What the brand calls “muscular aesthetics” best describes the stylish appeal of this pair. With its padded out upper elements and a visible Air Max unit, it definitely stands out from the normcore gym shoes

But these features are not just there for the looks. They work full-time to help the wearer achieve the desired level of stability and comfort needed for a high-impact workout.


A rubber Swoosh and more. The outsole unit of the shoe comprises of two sections that are connected by a large rubberized Swoosh. Apart from serving as a logo, it also helps to protect the midsole against abrasion. The knurling texture helps to grip the surface when the wearer needs to stop, change direction, or adjust the stance.


Muscular foam cradle. If you’re wondering which part of the Alpha Savage is the midsole, just look at the most vivid foam component of the trainer. Despite its lightweight nature, it forms a solid cradle for the foot through the boosted outriggers on the sides. This structure makes sure that the foot doesn’t wobble throughout the movement.

The Air Max. This unit is like a diamond in the shoe’s foam crown. Embedded under the heel, it offers that responsive comfort which it is known for. It is ready to take all the impact produced throughout an intensive workout. Made of a gas-filled PU container, it is one of the most lightweight yet durable cushioning systems on the market. Moreover, it makes the shoe a real head-turner in the gym and on the street.

Other stylish cross-trainers from Nike that employ the Air Max component are the Air Monarch IV and the Air Max Trainer 1.  

More flexibility with the split sole. By looking at the trainer from the side, one will notice that its platform is split into two sections, the forefoot and the heel. The absence of foam between the two not only reduces the trainer’s weight but also makes the platform more pliable.

The ability to bend is crucial for the foot when it comes to working out. Be it a set of burpees or a sprint, the forefoot needs that freedom of movement. That’s why flexibility is further enhanced by the flex grooves in the forefoot.


Foot containment with style. The Nike Air Max Alpha Savage sports a padded cleatie collar. It is designed to hug the ankle firmly with its extended front and back apexes. The fabric pull tabs are added to help the wearer in putting on the shoe.

Midfoot saddle keeps the foot in place. Synthetic panels are placed on both sides to reinforce the sidewalls. They connect to the lacing system through the four pairs of webbed eyelets. Thus, when the laces are tightened, this construction prevents the foot from wobbling no matter what direction it takes.

Did you know that...

  • ...the man behind the Air Max unit was an aeronautical engineer. His name was Frank Rudy and he was working for a NASA space program when he came up with the idea of instilling footwear with air. His invention was patented and used in the Nike Tailwind trainer in 1978.    
  • ...the first Nike trainer that exposed the Air unit was the Nike Air Max 1 sneaker. The idea belonged to Tinker Hatfield, one of the brand’s outstanding designers.

Facts / Specs

Update: Nike Air Max Alpha Savage 2
Use: Workout, HIIT / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Aug 2019
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Max
BRAND Brand: Nike
Toebox: Medium

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Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.