Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max Axis is a good product offered at an affordable price point.
  • Some practical consumers love the fact that the shoe is easy to pair with most casual outfits.
  • Almost all of the shoe users have commended the pair for being very comfortable.
  • The sneaker is breathable, a couple of wearers have pointed out.
  • A handful of wearers claim that they use this shoe for working out in the gym, all-day wear, and walking long distances as it provides ample support.
  • Most respondents adore the Nike Air Max Axis' stylish aesthetic.
  • Several wearers are ecstatic that they get compliments on a daily basis because of this kick.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several shoe users gripe about how wrinkly the upper looks when the shoelaces are tied tightly.
  • Some online shoppers have expressed disappointment about how the shoe’s midsole made it look bulkier in person than in photos.
  • A couple of reviewers claim that the sneaker doesn’t last very long.

Bottom line

The Swoosh brand introduces a new generation of Air Max style. The Air Max Axis takes design cues from one of Nike’s ’90s running silhouettes but uses modern tooling and craftsmanship to achieve a retro style with contemporary flair.

Its no-sew overlay provides a sleek, versatile look while the foam midsole with visible Max Air cushioning offers impeccable comfort. Consumers are undeterred by some issues and continued to patronize this pair due to its stylish look, comfort, and versatility.

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Good to know

This kick from the Nike Air collection is a unisex design that is available in both men and women's sizes. It has a low profile, allowing the ankles to have full mobility in each stride. Besides that, it uses a traditional lace-up closure to lock the feet in, with a custom fitting. 

The Nike Air Max Axis seamlessly marries 90's retro running style and modern sneaker standards. The shoe's subtle design lines and overlays pay homage to Nike Air Max 98, while the no-sew constructed upper provides a modern and sleek aesthetic that would look right at home amongst today's modern sneaker designs. Its low-top and clean design also displays excellent versatility while stylish color blocking could elevate a dreary ensemble.

This pair could keep you looking stylish from the gym straight to a chill session with friends. Pair it with joggers, leggings, and a sweatshirt for an athleisure inspired outfit for the gym or opt for casual staples such as shorts, jeans, chinos, dresses and skirts for a weekend hangout with loved ones.

The Nike Air Max Axis' modern aesthetic and trendy colorways are what caught people's attention. Its sleek, no-sew silhouette adorned with a 90s-styled lace-up system and finished with the well-known visible Max Air cushioning exuded today's perception of a stylish sneaker.

Moreover, mini Swoosh logos and the words "Air" and "Max" placed on each side of the lace loops let consumers know that it is a part of the much-coveted Air Max family, adding value to this pair.

Nike Air Max 98's mojo had dripped onto today's sneaker scene as a new Air Max model called the Axis took after some of its design elements. But before we dive into the freshest addition to the AM family let's get to know its older sibling first. Sergio Lozano designed the Air Max 98, and it inherited the Nike Air Max 97's full-length visible Air bubble. Although not as popular as its other siblings, the 98 was acknowledged as a great short-distance runner.

The Air Max 98 featured lesser sleek lines and a bulkier profile compared to its older siblings, which most sneaker fans in that era found unappealing. It debuted on February 1998 at $149.99 and was made available in a sea of eye-catching colorways. However, by the Fall of the same year, Nike released a more stylish and comfortable version called the Air Max 98 TL, which quickly removed the consumers' attention from the original.

Surprisingly the Swoosh brand decided to retro the AM98 in 2018, and people seemed to welcome it. Apart from the Air Max 98's retro story in 2018, the vintage runner has also been chosen to be the inspiration for the latest Air Max model called the Nike Air Max Axis. This sneaker model greatly resembles its predecessor – from the sleek lines on the side to the tongue and lace-up design and overlays. However, the Air Max Axis naturally went for the modern route and employed today's latest available technology. The sneaker features durable, no-sew overlays for a sleeker upper and smaller visible Max Air cushioning for a more minimal approach.

Some of the available colorways of the Air Max Axis are the following: Black / Anthracite, Black / White, Cool Grey / White, Black / Volt / Wolf Grey / Anthracite, White / Gym Blue / University Red, and Wolf Grey / Total Crimson / Black / Anthracite.

  • Convenient heel pull-tabs are provided for easier on and off.
  • The upper is crafted from a mesh material.
  • Lace loops on the tongue help keep it in place.


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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.