Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

    Cross-training

    Multi-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training shoes*
  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $85
  • Weight
    Men: 12oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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The Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer is claimed to provide the ideal balance of support and stability during strenuous workouts. Its low-cut profile affords ankle mobility to the wearer for unencumbered movements. It employs the Flywire technology for a lockdown fit and the Max Air unit for a lightweight yet responsive cushioning.

The Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer has a bottom that is covered with rubber for multi-directional traction on indoor surfaces. It also wraps up onto the sides to protect the upper from abrasion.

The Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer utilizes a unit of the Max Air technology in the heel for cushioning and responsiveness. Just as the name suggests, this component is powered by airbags to keep its lightweight form. It works by absorbing the force upon foot strike to protect the foot from stress or potential injury. It goes back to its original form upon toe-off to absorb the next impact. A similar midsole construction with an Air Max unit is employed in the Nike Air Max Typha 2 trainer.

The insole is made from foam for a pleasant underfoot sensation. It is also made removable to accommodate custom orthotics.

An engineered mesh makes wearing the Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer a breathable experience. It is strengthened and protected by lightweight skin and film overlays in the high-wear areas. It has an inner sleeve for a snug fit and moisture-wicking comfort.

The lightweight Flywire technology offers support in the midfoot area. It consists of a set of strategically placed filaments that work like cables on a suspension bridge.

A lace-up closure system keeps the foot contained within the footwear. It allows the user to adjust the fit according to their preference.

The collar and tongue are padded for a snugger fit. They have a soft lining that protects the skin from chafing and abrasion.

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