Our verdict

It’s hard to go wrong with the Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 if you want a cross-trainer for less than $100 that can do it all. Of course, it’s not expected to perform the same way as the premium shoes do, but we found that it does an amazing job as a no-frills kick that you can work out in and then go for a walk without changing.


  • Great support for gym activities
  • Comfortable for casual use
  • Well-fitting
  • Breathable
  • Affordable
  • Easy to put on
  • Attractive design


  • Lacks durability
  • Not for Crossfit

Who should buy the Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4

The Alpha Trainer 4 from Nike would be a nice option to consider if you:

  • want a budget-friendly shoe
  • need one pair of kicks for both gym and all-day wear
  • prefer shoes that flaunt some style without overdoing it

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 swoosh

Who should NOT buy

If you are into a more serious training regimen like Crossfit, we recommend going for the Nike Metcon 7 or, if you don't mind another brand, the Reebok Nano X1.

Enough support for the gym

The Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 is that basic training shoe that packs all the essentials for a solid workout session. We have taken note of its stability and support for HIIT, rowers, short treadmill runs, and moderate weightlifting.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 gym shoe

There is also just enough shock absorption in the sole to lighten the impact on the feet during jumps.

Enjoy all-day comfort with this Nike trainer

Aside from the gym, we were happy to wear this shoe out and about. It proved to be a great shoe for lots of walking, doing daily errands, and standing for long periods.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 cushioning

Fits just right

It was nice to find out that the Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 fits well straight from the box. No breaking in needed!

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 toe box

We also took note of the sufficient toebox area which allowed us to splay toes freely. There was no cramping or rubbing.

Quick and easy to put on

With a padded lip near the ankle, we found that it was a bit easier to slide into the trainer.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 ankle collar

Keeps feet fresh

With its wide pores in the mesh upper, the Alpha Trainer 4 has never let our feet get toasty. That makes it a good footwear option for the warmer seasons.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 mesh

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 has got some style too

We like how the shoe looks stylish but not too flashy. Clean and sleek are the better words to describe it. This must have been the reason why we got so many compliments on it and found that it pairs well with many outfits.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 style

It’s a budget-friendly shoe which is also a downside

With Nike training shoes averaging at $100, the Alpha Trainer 4 beats a lot of the competition with its $85 price point.

Nike Air Max Alpha Trainer 4 outsole

However, don’t expect it to last long either. We discovered that with intense use, the shoe will start to deteriorate after a few months.