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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of users used the word ‘comfortable’ when describing the Nike Air Max Guile. One reviewer added that the shoe makes his feet feel better because of the cushioned effect.
  • The looks of the shoe received positive feedback from several male reviewers, one of which stated he gets frequent compliments whenever he wears them. Another said he is a big fan of the contrasting colors of the shoe.
  • The shoe’s design looks so much better in person, stated one buyer.
  • Some consumers were pleased that the shoe came out in several colorways.
  • A few people said the shoe was a perfect fit and true to
  • Two persons commented that the shoe feels light, like “wearing slippers.”
  • A couple of buyers said they found the shoe versatile. They use it for different sports like running and hiking as well as exercising and everyday wear.
  • One individual said the Air Max Guile had moderate to good arch support.
  • A tester said he was extremely pleased with them as a lifestyle shoe for winter.
  • The shoe has Max Air technology in the midsole which gives it maximum cushioning yet lighter weight.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user did not like that the shoe’s color (ordered a light purple color) looked darker in person than pictured.
  • A tester said the shoe needed a brief breaking in period.

Bottom line

Stylish and comfortable describe the Air Max Guile very well. Despite its looks, the Air Max Guile is also a performance shoe that can take you from casual wear to hiking without breaking a sweat. The shoe’s availability in several colorways is another point in its favor.



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Nike Air Max Guile History

Nike’s air cushioning technology was first introduced in 1979, but it wasn’t until eight years later that the Air Max I would be born. The Air Max I used this air cushioning technology but was worked to show it as well through the visible air in the midsole. This ground-breaking shoe was the design of a young architect named Tinker Hatfield, who would go on and design several other trailblazing shoes in the future. His inspiration came from the Centre Pompidou building in Paris, a skeletal structure where you can see everything inside from the outside.

The shoe was the topic of much debate inside the Nike headquarters—not many were convinced of the visible air idea—but when the Air Max I was finally released in 1987, it proved to be a huge success. The Air Mags featured in the cult movie, Back to the Future II, further attracted a following for the Air Max line.

The 1990s was a fruitful year for the Air Max. That decade saw the release of many Air Max models along with three iconic ones: the Air Max 90, Air Max 95 and Air Max 97, each with a very different look. The 90 was inspired by the minimalist trend at the time, the 95 by the human anatomy, and the 97 featured a streamlined, fluid design.

In the year 2000s, hip-hop stars were singing about the Air Max, making the shoe officially “street.” By 2013, the shoe gained another following, this time from the fashion world. Fashion designers and editors were spotted sporting Air Max on their feet, and some were collaborating with Nike on new Air Max iterations.

In November 2015, the Air Max 2016 was released. This 2017, to celebrate the Air Max 1’s 30th anniversary, Nike released a few OG colorways of the Air Max 1 as well as new colorways for other Air Max kicks such as the 97 and 95. They also launched the Air Max Guile along with the women’s exclusive, Air Max Fury.

The Air Max Guile is designed with a minimalist look, and the textured design on the upper takes inspiration from the original Air Max. The old-school, low profile design makes the shoe suitable for most occasions.

Nike Air Max Guile Style

Known as a casual trainer, the Nike Air Max Guile would look best paired with a simple T-shirt and rolled denim. A streamlined light-colored jacket would top off your look.

Fit & Sizing

The Air Max Guile is offered in men’s and women’s sizes. Available men’s sizes range from 6 to 15 with half sizes up to 12.5 while the women’s range from 6 to 10.

Notable Features

The Air Max Guile features Nike’s Air-Sole unit which gives it that plush cushioning for superior wearing comfort. The foam midsole keeps the shoe lightweight, and a rubber tread in the sole provides traction and durability.

Additional Info

  • Weight is 13 oz.
  • It features a padded tongue and collar.