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.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Nike Air Max Prime History
Originally designed by veteran shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, the same creative genius behind the most popular Air Jordans and several other Nike shoes, the Nike Air Max 1 was a revolutionary design.
The design, which first came out in 1987, highlighted quite literally the Nike Air cushioning technology. Displaying the air cushioning technology with an air bubble visible in the back sole was a provocative idea at the time when designers would have wanted it 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 them all 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 to date as the shoe gets noticed by many subcultures including those from the Hip-Hop, Gabber and those from the working class.
Its recent retro releases have also reached a whole new millennial audience through the years. With more than 100 models and sub-models of the shoe in both retro and modern silhouettes and materials, sneaker fans since the late 1980s have continued to love the Air Max making them highly coveted for their lightweight design and classic appeal popular with sneaker collectors around the world.
Keeping with the Air Max legacy, the modern Nike Air Max Prime has remained consistent in providing lightweight comfort through the use of reliable air cushioning. The Nike Air Max Prime, with its monochromatic colorways, when it was first released, was designed to make heads turn and marvel at this modern look and style of the iconic shoes.
Nike Air Max Prime Style
Looking premium without even trying seems to be the Nike Air Max Prime’s best assets in terms of style. The creatively designed sneaker’s mix of mesh and tumbled leather all throughout the upper only shows how Nike designers really spent the time to consider a person’s own personal style by being a versatile lifestyle shoe.
Possessing all the familiar Air Max attributes that include three visible air soles at the heel and the air-sole unit at the bottom, the Nike Air Max Prime is further pimped up by the waffle patterned rubber outsole, bootie-inspired neoprene collar, and Nike Air Max rubber branding at the heel back.
The all-white and all-black original colorways are also reflective of this cleanliness and simplicity exuded to an almost minimalist style. All these aesthetic elements completing the stylish comfort exuded by this particular sneaker serves as a reminder to the wearers that style and comfort should and always go together.
Fit & Sizing
The neoprene bootie design of the tongue and collar of the Nike Air Max Prime helps keep the feet secured and snug all the time as the lifestyle sneaker runs true to size. A trademark pull tab at the back also assures easy entry and exit into the footwear whose medium D or B width caters to men’s sizes. Shoe sizes range from US size 7 to 13 for men.
Displaying the timeless Air Max silhouette, the visible air cushioning at the heels remains to be the major selling point and notable feature of the Nike Air Max Prime. The three visible air-sole and the air sole unit at the heel give lightweight comfort to its wearers. The good mix of mesh and leather also helps keep the entire footwear stable while a waffle sole with unique traction pattern ensures a solid grip to the surface.
- A pull tab in the heel allows for quick on and off.
- The tongue and collar of the AM Prime have adequate cushioning for more comfort.
- Substantial overlays that form a midfoot wrap provide excellent support and locked down feel.
- A bootie construction provides a snug, yet comfortable feel.