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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

13 reasons to buy

  • Majority of users posted good experiences with the air cushioning in the heel and forefoot making every step comfortable.
  • Some liked it that the rubber material and exoskeleton protects the air sole unit making it more durable and prevents it from being punctured.
  • A lot of users find the new colorways of the late 1990s classic sneakers stylish, trendy and fashionable even for the younger generation.
  • A great number of users find the Nike Air Max Plus with good lockdown and perfect fitting.
  • Quite a lot claim the shoe is very lightweight and ideal for walking.
  • A lot bought these shoes as they became nostalgic of the design they have loved and used in 1998 when it was first released.
  • Numerous reviewers said that air circulates well on the breathable textile upper material.
  • Some commented that the rubber waffle outsole has a really good grip on the ground.
  • A high number of customers find the textile material easy to clean.
  • A couple of reviewers complimented the great in-shoe feel and comfort when wearing the Air Plus.
  • A great deal of comfort was experienced by several reviewers after using the shoes for an extended period and all throughout the day.
  • The bulk of reviewers is happy that the shoes were released again and has remained consistent in providing a comfortable walking and light running experience since 1998.
  • Several users with pronation issues claimed this shoe has great ankle support.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some customers found issues on quality control, poor finishing, and assembly of some of their shoes.
  • A few noticed that the fit of the shoe is narrower than their actual size.
  • Some noted glue marks, creasing, and leather staining on some shoes they bought.
  • A review noted that the shoe needed breaking in the collar, tongue and lace part to be comfortable as it is too stiff at first use.
  • A few commenters noted that the front rubber toe cap easily chips off and wear off after a longer period of heavy use.

Bottom line

For fans of the Air Max shoes, the Nike Air Max Plus does not disappoint us with its relative comfort and well-positioned Tuned Air cushioning system, support and stability that has kept us loyal ever since. The great fitting and lockdown, new colorways, and the consistently good quality of Air Max Plus releases have made sneaker fans constantly anticipating the next installments of this popular air cushioned sneaker. However, Nike fans should watch out for some manufacturing issues that can affect looks that some dismiss as a minor issue.


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Nike Air Max Plus History

When Nike released the Nike Air Max Plus in 1998, it instantly became a hit. With its hyper fused looks that seemed to have come from outer space, many sneaker fans became converts as this runner outshone the Air Max 97 runner that was released just a year before this shoe.

More popularly known then as the Nike TN or Tuned 1 for some older fans, the Air Max Plus with its original Hyperblue, Orange Tiger and Grey Shark colorways that soon followed were resurrected in the past years due to continued demand for these kicks.

In 1998, everything tech-inspired seemed to have taken a huge following as the world enters the new millennium. The timing for the release of the Nike TN or Air Max Plus was just right as the Air Max 95 already paved the way for its design with unique rubber striations or sort of exoskeleton on the sides and full-length air cushioning at the bottom. What further ignited interest in this shoe is the color gradient that seemed to fade out in the upper as if spray painted that really clicked with those who loved the play of color of the new Air Max.

What further boosted interest in the Nike Air Max Plus is its pricing which according to some is on the expensive side making it the most expensive Air max on major retail stores for more than a decade since its release.

Designed by Sean McDowell, the initial design for the Air max plus was bold as the original Air cushioning system was combined with a Tuned Air system where individual pods offer runners high impact protection.

The design also included a plastic toe cap up front for extra toe protection while an external skeleton rubber that enclosed a sprayed on brightly colored paint that fades out in the upper  and flat tube lacing completed the look that was inspired by McDowell’s vacation in Florida that reimagines the sunset and the Palm trees that line the sky.

Nike Air Max Plus Style

Boasting technology considered as top notch in 1998, the Nike Air Max Plus originally came out in hyperspace design in Hyperblue colorway that got everyone hooked to its superior air cushioning technology. This silhouette has been carried on in the modern colorways that is ideal for men and women of the new millennium. Popular modern colorways of the Nike Air Max Plus include Ice Blue, Black, Tiger, Bordeaux, and Breathe colorways that blends well clothing of the younger generation.

The premium materials composed of leather, rubber, and mesh all fused and injected together to form a rib-like support together gives the shoe an image of being a serious player in the lifestyle sneaker category. Tune to today’s generation, the shoe has crossed over to different generations of sneaker fans seamlessly capturing audiences who have barely seen or worn the shoes from the late 1990s.

Fit & Sizing

Nike Air Max Plus has a perfect fitting with a secured lockdown and lacing system. The sneakers are in sizes for men and women with medium D or B width. Shoe sizes range from US size 6 to 14 for men and size 5 to 12 for women.

Notable Features

For a retro sneaker, the most notable feature of the Nike Air Max Plus is its silhouette that rekindles sneaker fans’ love for this well-designed and executed shoe. With Air Max cushioning soles in the forefoot and heel, it can only assure sneakerheads of lasting comfort.

While it can no longer serve as a formidable running shoe for this generation, the Tuned Air system made popular by this Air Max model continues to provide a unique and unparalleled balance between support and cushioning.

Additional Info

  • Individual Tuned pods paired with the full-length Max Air cushioning offers runners high-performance impact protection.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Air Max Plus included hip-hop artists Trinidad James, Cassanova, Victor Cruz, Drake, and Fabolous.