• Top


    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.


    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.


    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Lockdown


    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.


    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.


    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
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We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many are saying that these high-top basketball shoes from Nike are really comfortable.
  • There are a lot of mentions about how light the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016 is.
  • A good number of wearers report that this basketball shoe fits true to size.
  • The Air Max Audacity 2016 is usually given as a gift, and the recipients just love it.
  • This shoe just gets high satisfaction ratings from the majority of wearers.
  • Several buyers find this shoe attractive; they don’t mind wearing it casually.
  • There are only a few mentions about the traction, and they are mostly positive.
  • The reviews available do not really mention support that much, but there are a few that mention that these Nike shoes are pretty supportive.
  • Many buyers  think that this Nike model is already a great deal given its unbelievably low price.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of buyers report that these Nike basketball shoes are not really durable.

Bottom line

If you are looking for an effective shoe that does not break the bank, then the Air Max Audacity 2016 is the shoe that you are looking for. These high-tops from Nike are often described as comfortable. There were even wearers who say that they feel like they are walking on air. These shoes fit true to size and are pretty supportive. A good bonus is its looks that have the ability to make others jealous.


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92 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Stanley T

    To not spend so much money but to have a shoe that does perform pretty well, this is a particular shoe, the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016...something that I would consider for you guys to include in your rotation.

  • 92 / 100 | WearTesters

    The Air Max Audacity '16 is definitely not on the Hyperdunk '16 or KD9 level, but those watching what they spend would be suprised by this shoe.

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Profile of Nike Air Max Audacity 2016

The Air Max Audacity 2016 is a budget high-top model from Nike. Its upper is made of foam-backed synthetic mesh with fuse reinforcements in high-wear areas. Its plush cushioning system features  a combination of Phylon and Air Max. To make sure that it grips the courts well, the solid rubber outsole features a unique multidirectional traction pattern.


Cushion. The midsole of the Audacity 2016 is made of full-length phylon. It has a Air Max unit strategically placed at the heel so that harsh landings can be effectively cushioned.

Traction. The multidirectional pattern on the rubber outsole is basically herringbone with geometric modifications in the middle. These modifications are small circular and oval shapes arranged in such a way that they look like closely laid out pebbles. This pattern is actually a carry over from 2015’s Air Max Audacity model.


Length and Width. Though reviews on how the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016 fits are actually quite varied, more are saying that this fits true to size. New buyers can go with their usual Nike sizes, but it will still be better if they get to try the shoe on before they make the purchase.

Lockdown. Lockdown is in part dependent on how the shoe fits, and the shoe is said to be generally true to size. Should there be a need for adjustments, the wearer can easily change how tightly the shoelaces are tied. To provide support at the rear part, there is a TPU heel counter. The base of the shoe is also a bit extended along the lateral side so that it can serve as an outrigger that provides support to quick directional changes and aggressive footwork.  


The 2016 version of the Nike Air Max Audacity is made of synthetic mesh that is backed with foam in some areas. This breathable material has fuse overlays on high-wear spots such as the toe and the area where the eyelets are.


The high-top Air Max Audacity really looks very athletic, so its best paired with active wear such as joggers and sweatshirts. It has a big Swoosh that starts on the midfoot and extends up to the mid lateral side. The top of the tongue has the ‘AIRMAX AUDACITY’ callout. ‘2016’ is inscribed on the lace loop at the middle of the tongue. Another Swoosh appears at the back, and it starts from the rear medial side and extends up to the middle of the heel.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016

The 2016 version of the Nike Air Max Audacity is released in a lot of colorways. The following are just some:

  • Black/Metallic Silver/Red
  • Black/Reflect Silver-White
  • Black/Reflect Silver/White/Platinum
  • White/Midnight Navy/Pure Platinum/University Red
  • White/Reflect Silver/Black/Wolf Gray