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