Verdict from 8 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max Susan has a unique and eye-catching design that has tremendously impressed a lot of customers. 
  • Several reviewers have attested that this version of the Nike Air Max 1 sneakers has top-notch quality construction. 
  • Like other versatile Nike shoes, the low-top Air Max Susan can complete a variety of outfits, according to some users. 
  • Plenty of purchasers are amazed at the unique colorway of the sneaker.
  • The shoe’s leather-wrapped midsole is a mind-blowing feature, according to some reviews. 
  • Many buyers say that the Laika x Nike Air Max Susan “Missing Link” is an excellent addition to their shoe collection. 
  • It is a comfortable shoe, according to several YouTube on-feet reviews. 
  • Some reviewers have shared that they enjoy the compliments whenever they are wearing the shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Air Max Susan fits a bit snug, especially for people with wide feet, according to several users. 

Bottom line

The Air Max Susan is among the excellent collaborations in the history of Nike. This kind of dad shoe embodies a unique design that mirrors the jacket of Susan, making it an exciting collectible. 

Whether a movie fan, a sneaker collector, or a fan of Nike AM1, this iteration can probably catch your eye. Also, it provides top-notch quality and excellent cushioning. It is an evolution of imagination.

Tip: see the best sneakers.

Good to know

The Nike Air Max Susan “Missing Link” is available in men’s sizing. It is a unisex sneaker, so ladies can still grab a pair by ordering 1.5 sizes down to achieve their actual fit. 

The shoe is equipped with the Air Max unit that provides a lightweight feel and excellent cushioning. For a secure and comfortable fit, a lacing system is installed.

The low-top Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan mirrors the costume worn by the main character in the movie. It has an upper made of a combination of hairy suede, textile, and leather material. 

The shoe’s toe box area is in white canvas while the mudguard is in a crosshatch pattern that resembles the pants and jacket of Mr. Link. The tongue is made of brown leather material. On the tongue is a green patch that replaced the Air Max branding with the Air Susan. Its shoe lining is made of microfleece-like material. 

On the quarter panel is the green textile with contrasting brown stitching, which mimics the vest of the cartoon character. There is an off-white leather Swoosh on the lateral side, while on the medial side has the red leather Swoosh on it.

Unlike the AM1, the Laika x Nike Air Max Susan “Missing Link” has the top 2 eyelets blocked with fake cufflinks. There is a beige hairy suede material near the base of the lacing system. Its ankle area has the crosshatch pattern while down at the heel is a beige hairy suede material on it. 

There is a white leather mudguard accented at the bottom part of the heel. A window on the midsole near the heel exposes the Air Max unit. To finish it all off, a green Nike branding is embroidered on the hairy suede at the heel area. 

The Nike Air Max Susan has a loud design that it needs to be paired with a more toned-down outfit to emphasize its beauty. However, it is versatile enough to match casual clothing like jeans, shorts, miniskirts, and culottes. For an athletic look, it can nicely match joggers and other sporty outfits.

An amazing collector’s piece. This is how some of the reviewers and fans described the Nike Air Max Susan. The shoe’s design mirrors what the protagonist wears in the movie. It features a colorful and unique upper, which gives the iconic Air Max 1 a new look and unique interpretation.

Among the head-turning features of the Air Max Susan is the brown leather material stitched around the midsole. Apart from the fact that the color combination of the upper is uniquely eye-catching, the stitched leather midsole, as well as the cufflinks and kurim fur tufts on the tongue, gives a brand new life, elegance, and beauty to the iconic silhouette.

Initially released on April 12 and followed another release on June 11 of 2019, the Nike Air Max Susan Missing Link is the fifth collaboration between Nike and Laika Studio. Even though it is called Air Max Susan, it is really the Air Max 1 but with a brand new look enticing its avid fans.

The shoe was designed by Tinker Hatfield and animator Michael Berger. It is inspired by the colorful plaid suit of the yeti named Mr. Link in the movie. The green and yellow colors signify the character’s Pacific Northwest roots. 

The Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan has a colorful upper made of a combination of leather, textile, and suede material. It has a corked-line insole and an Air Max unit for impact protection, cushioning, and shock absorption. Also, it a gum rubber outsole that delivers stability and a sure-footed grip.

  • The cartoon character Mr. Link, a yeti, declared his name as Susan in the movie Missing Link. Hence, the shoe is called Air Max Susan.  
  • It comes with the box that mirrors the look of Mr. Link’s clothing in the movie.
  • When you open the box, you shall see texts that say, “YOU CAN CALL THEM SUSAN.”
  • The CEO of LAIKA Studio is Travis Knight, whose father is Phil Knight, who is Nike’s founder. 
  • It was rumored that it was released exclusively in only 12,000 pairs. 
  • Prior to the GR, the pre-release model has orange sculpted hair under the laces. 
  • The shoe’s design, which was inspired by the plaid suit of Mr. Link, is created by Deborah Cook. She is a costume designer at LAIKA.


How Nike Air Max Susan ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 35% sneakers
All sneakers
Bottom 43% Nike sneakers
All Nike sneakers
Bottom 34% low sneakers
All low sneakers


The current trend of Nike Air Max Susan.
Compare to another shoe:
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.