Verdict from 6.8 hours of research from the internet

1393 users: 4.3 / 5

10 reasons to buy

  • Almost all of the positive reviews never failed to mention just how cute and stylish the Nike Air Max Sequent 2 is.
  • Many users felt that this shoe was comfortable.
  • A good number of runners thought that the 2nd edition of the Air Max Sequent was really well-made.
  • Runners noted that they received great value and a great shoe for the price.
  • Some runners have used it for gym workouts and they wrote that it remained efficient.
  • Some considered the outsole durability as dependable.
  • The combination of knit and mesh delivered the right mix of security and flexibility, according to several testers.
  • A small number of runners reported that the cushioning in the Sequent 2 is a tad better than the previous version.
  • The real product looked way better than the pictures on the websites, according to a handful of reviewers.
  • The air unit in the mid-sole popped after only a few uses, several testers complained.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners found the fit to be a bit narrower than the past model.
  • There were a small number of reviewers who mentioned that the toe box lacked the needed vertical height to avoid rubbing.
  • A few purchasers noted that the midfoot section of the shoe’s platform tended to push uncomfortably against the underfoot.

Bottom line

Nike continues to expand its Air Max collection with the release of the 2nd version of the Sequent. While it may not be as highly-coveted and as popular as the original Air Max line, it has slowly amassed its own share of fans who are looking for a mixture of a little of lifestyle and performance. The shoe is incredibly comfortable, stylish, and with adequate arch support to cleat. To top it all, for a significantly less amount, runners can get a taste of the iconic Air Max series with a decent performance from this shoe.

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  • Right off the bat, the most obvious change that jumps out of the Air Max Sequent 2 is the mix of knit and mesh upper. Whereas the previous version used mainly a spacer mesh, the new model went for better form-fitting fit and the right blend of flexibility and support in this new upper material combination.
  • Another clear update is the more padded tongue as a way of resolving past issues where runners complained about some rubbing where the tongue meets the skin. With a more plush tongue, there should be enhanced comfort and significantly lesser chances of experiencing irritation or rubbing.
  • A noteworthy change is not readily visible in the 2nd edition of the Nike Air Max Sequent. From a traditional 12mm heel drop, it jumps to a 14mm heel to toe drop. There is a slight increase in the thickness of the midsole and the outsole rubber. The idea is to provide more cushioning and better shock absorption, although this may not suit everyone.

Nike succeeded in coming up with a shoe that conforms to the foot better in the Sequent 2. The main ingredient in the improved fit is the mix of mesh and knit material in the upper. There is much better security and flexibility in all the right areas. It continues to have a good heel grip while the forefoot accommodates a number of different foot shapes. The toe box has adequate room for the toes to splay.

The underfoot of the Nike Air Max Sequent 2 is a carryover of the original version. It has a Waffle outsole with countless square nubs for added grip on a variety of surfaces. There are a handful of articulated flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility. The forefoot is made of softer blown rubber for traction while the heel has a sturdier carbon rubber for durability.

Nike’s workhorse and staple midsole technology in the Phylon runs the length of the midsole for cushioning and shock-absorption. The full-length design, which is also the same as the Sequent 4, enhances the transition through the gait cycle. Runners are very familiar with the technology located in the heel as this gives the shoe added importance and popularity. The Air Max unit in the heel gives added shock-absorbing features and a very cool look.

The upper is also where Nike is nailing it in the Sequent 2. By combining knit and mesh, Nike offers an upper that is very reminiscent of the more expensive Flyknit experience. There is improved support and wraparound feel of this shoe compared to the earlier model because of the knit-mesh combo. The upper brings a lot of ventilation to the party as well. Nike improved the comfort altogether by using a very plush fabric lining in the interior and a more padded tongue in this version. A lace-up closure clinches the fit of this shoe.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Nike Air Max Sequent 4.5.

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How Air Max Sequent 2 compares

This shoe: 85
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This shoe: $100
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This shoe: 11oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.9oz 16.2oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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