Size and fit

With a well-padded interior from the collar, tongue, and footbed, the Nike Air Max Nostalgic perfectly fit with enough ankle protection on the sides. The low-top sneaker runs true to size in medium width and provides moderate arch support. The running-inspired sneaker is secured by regular round laces and comes in men’s and women’s sizes. Footwear size starts from size 6 to 16 for men and 4.5 to 14 for women.

Nike Air Max Nostalgic Style

Old school styling on the iconic Nike Air Max silhouette invokes a nostalgic vibe among its legions of fans who have come to love the design since it was first rolled out in 1987. Some 30 years since it was released, the Nike Air Max Nostalgic brings back the memories of the early days of the design complete with mesh and suede overlays. The muted colorways of the Air Max Nostalgic include neutral tones of grey, black, white, and navy.

Although this Nike low-top sneaker is a 2017 release and would probably appeal to younger sneakerheads, the design of the Nike Air Max Nostalgic is also favorite among the older generation of Air Max wearers. Wear these retro-styled running kicks with soft joggers or some above knee shorts for a casual sporty vibe. Get the thick white soles and contrasting overlays for your style as you pair them with a plain tee or a hoodie and jogger pants for that athleisure look that lets you reflect instant swag in a matter of minutes.

Notable Features

Most important in the Nike Air Max Nostalgic design is its old-school styling with the suede and mesh materials in the upper. The shoe design also takes inspiration from the iconic footwear styling from   NNNike designers when it became the bestselling running shoe model that paved the way for the world’s fascination with visible air bubble units that provide fantastic aesthetics as well as shock absorption and protection.

Nike Air Max Nostalgic History

The first Nike Air Max was designed by legendary shoe designer Tinker Hatfield. The design at that time underlined air cushioning technology when it was once only hidden inside the shoe. Hatfield, the brilliant and creative genius behind the most iconic Air Jordans and several other famous Nike shoes, thought the Air Max was an innovative design in 1987 because the sneaker displayed the previously hidden feature to the astonishment a majority of fans.

Displaying the air bubble unit in the back heel sole was then thought to be a provocative idea when most shoe designers would have wanted air cushioning technology hidden. Designers wanted then to design the air cushioning unit smaller for fear that it gets punctured or makes the shoe’s transparent bottom look structurally weak.

But finally, Hatfield was able to convince Nike that such fears are nothing compared to the admiration of many sneaker fans to the Air Max silhouette which is now probably one of the most successful designs of the brand.

Hatfield sketched the first prototype for the favorite air-cushioned running shoe in Oregon after a trip from Paris. The Centre Pompidou and the building’s inside-out design inspired the veteran designer. Nike Air design was already famous than when the multibillion-dollar shoe brand started dropping their air-cushioned shoes in 1979. But Hatfield thought not displaying the Air-Sole units is not enough for such a successful brand. The Nike Air Max 1 sneaker then came to fruition in 1987 with a tipless vamp reminiscent of the Air Sock Racer and an external heel strap sans the heel counter similar to the Nike Huarache that was yet to be released several years later. Hatfield decided to shelve the initial design and work on a model that would then be Nike Air Max 1.

Now some 30 years since its release, Nike designers came out with a new silhouette called the Nike Air Max Nostalgic that was inspired by mechanical designs hence the modern profile that uses suede and mesh materials as overlays. The result of the revamped look are sneakers that resemble the popular 1990s running shoes whose styles had throwback iterations in the past years because of the growing popularity of vintage sneakers.

Additional Info

  • Visible Air-sole unit sits on top of the rubber outsole.
  • The EVA midsole gives this iteration a bouncier feel and softer cushioning.
  • Mesh material in the toe box and collar allows for ventilation and breathability.

Each shoe weighs approximately 13 oz.


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