Size and fit

The Nike Air Max Tailwind 99 is released in men’s sizing. However, it is a unisex sneaker. Women can still add this to their collection by ordering 1.5 sizes down than their usual to achieve their actual fit. It maintains a low-top profile, which allows the ankle to move freely. 

For a secure fit, a lace-up closure system is utilized by this lifestyle shoe. Its tongue and ankle collar are both amply padded for added support. It has a foamed EVA footbed and Max Air unit for excellent cushioning and shock absorption. Also, it has flex grooves that promote a natural stride. 

Nike Air Max Tailwind 99 Style

With a throwback design, the low-top Nike Air Max Tailwind 4 99 SP is a fashionable sneaker that provides the right amount of comfort that can be enjoyed all day. It is available in colorways like:

  • Black/Black/Oil Grey
  • Sail/Clear/Sail

The shoe upper is made of leather and fabric material, providing versatility and durability. Reflective detailing is revealed on the upper when it is flashed with light. The outsole is accented with colors like pastel green, blue, and purple. Also, it features a special logo on the tongue, nodding towards the original Tailwind model from 20 years ago.

Notable Features

When we talk about the style, the Nike Air Max Tailwind IV 99 SP will not be left defeated. It boasts a straightforward yet eye-catching upper with 3M reflective detailing that can stand out day and night. Its clean design gives a nostalgic look, bringing you back to the 90’s vibe. 

Of course, more than its beautiful aesthetics, the AM Tailwind 99 by Nike also highlights the Max Air unit. It delivers a soft and responsive ride, as well as excellent cushioning and shock absorption.

Nike Air Max Tailwind 99 History

The Nike Tailwind initially debuted in Honolulu Marathon in 1978. It was sold in a large amount in 1979. Also, it was the first shoe that was ever equipped with Max Air technology.

Do you ever wonder how did it start? It began with an aerospace engineer named Marion Franklin Rudy. He was the brain behind the idea of placing a tiny bag of air into the shoe to soften the impact. He tried to introduce this concept to more than 23 companies, but it was only Phil Knight who believed in him. 

Phil Knight put it to the test. He took the prototype and ran around the Beaverton Campus. He was amazed at how responsive and smooth the ride was. Needless to say, it made a monumental history with Nike. It was then that the Air was born. 

For several years, the Nike Tailwind has been reinterpreted countless times. One of its revolutionary iterations was the Nike Air Max Tailwind 99, which was unveiled on November 23 of 2019. This iteration was released in its original colorway in 1999. Although it is for sale at a bit expensive price, it is all worth it for some people who have money to spare.

Nice to know

  • The Nike Air Max Tailwind 99 has reflective details on the tongue and heel areas.
  • Nike call outs are seen on the tongue, toe, and heel areas. 
  • It has a mesh shoe lining.


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