Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Majority of reviewers praised the overall stylish and dope looks of the kicks.
  • Most wearers noted that the shoe is very comfortable because of the air cushioning and the lightweight materials used in making the Nike Air Max Zero QS.
  • Several shoe owners claim they use these shoes more as a lifestyle shoe than a trainer because of its stylish and premium design.
  • A few observers complimented the available colorways and the bold Nike Swoosh logo on the side panel.
  • Numerous customers loved the foam midsole and the air cushioning as it is extremely comfortable and ideal for running or training.
  • An online commenter liked the upper mesh material including the toe box as it is breathable and cool to wear.
  • A reviewer liked the shoe as it fits true to size because of the mesh toe box that helps blend well to the feet.
  • Shoe reviewers also loved the historical details printed on the shoe from the signature of Tinker Hatfield placed on the insole to the packaging where the quote “The one before the one” is printed.
  • Another reviewer liked the ultra-sole details and the mint-colored Air bubble unit visible at the bottom as it adds more visual impact to the outsole aside from making the shoe extremely lightweight.
  • Quite a lot of online reviewers loved the little aesthetic details and backstory behind the creation of the Nike Air Max Zero which, to them, adds value to owning the shoe.
  • Another online reviewer like the sock-like instep as it eliminated the tongue giving even more comfortable entry and wear to the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A shoe buyer complained of the shoes’ durability after a noticeable hole was found on the upper that easily ripped after just using them for three months.
  • A couple of users claimed the shoe ran a little bit narrow.
  • A few critics claimed they are bothered by squeaking noises coming from the wax laces striking the plastic lace eyelids and upper material while walking.

Bottom line

Overall, the Nike Air Max Zero QS is a highly coveted shoe mostly due to its backstory of being patterned after the prototype of Tinker’s Hatfield’s first design for the popular Air Max line. But setting aside its backstory, the shoe made some improvements to earlier Air Max designs with fine shoe detailing on the outsole and the choice of silhouette and materials for the upper.

With extreme comfort, lightweight materials, and stylish design as its major draws, the shoe is reasonably priced at an affordable to average price range.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Max Zero QS runs true to size with almost perfect fitting. The shoe is available for men’s, women’s and big kids’ sizes. The men’s sizes range from US size 6 to 13 while the women’s sizes range from US size 5 to 11.5. Available shoe width is for medium size D for Men and B for the women.

The premium look and modern treatment for the Nike Air Max Zero QS are well praised by the sneaker community. Among its details that really hooked sneaker fans into the Air Max Zero are the fine details that include the ultra-sole and visible air bubble at the shoe’s outsole. The textile with no-sew overlays for breathability and support while the sock-like in-step gives the shoe the needed wrap-around fitting.

All these shoe elements helped address breathability and comfort issues compared to previous Air Max designs. The shoe’s original colorway that was released in 2015 is the white and rift blue colorway. The Nike Air Max Zero QS was followed by the original yellow colorway from Tinker Hatfield’s sketch design and released in January 2016.

Nike Air Max shoes have been a hit not only for athletes but also for sneaker collectors, celebrities and just about everyone who wants to experience lightweight air cushioning technology.

The Nike Air Max Zero QS comes in leather, synthetic leather or textile upper with a foam midsole and a visible Air Max cushioning and a foam rubber outsole for maximum lightweight comfort. A Waffle-inspired outsole with rubber segments also provides durability and traction for every step using the shoe.

The Nike Air Max Zero QS is a release close to three decades in the making and conceptualized from a design prototype of the Air Max 1 by veteran Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. The original Air Max Zero is correctly labeled as the inspiration behind the extremely popuar Air Max series that has sold millions of pairs around the world to date.

According to Hatfield, while the Air Max Zero design cannot be produced at that time, some three decades ago, he sketched them anyway because the design was futuristic and deemed advanced. Now some 30 years later, with the advancement of shoemaking technology, it was already a given that it is easier for Nike to produce the shoes.

The Nike Air Max Zero was a revolutionary design which really highlighted, quite literally, the Nike Air Cushioning technology. Hatfield was inspired by the rather peculiar inside-out design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris that eventually convinced him to design the shoe with the air buble cushion completely visible outside.

Two years before the 30th anniversary of the inaugural unveiling of the Air Max 1, Nike’s design team decided to bring up something that has been idly sitting in the archives for more than 3 decades. In March 26, 2015, the Nike Air Max Zero QS was launched. It was a fitting precursor to the big event as it was originally the prototype of the iconic Air Max 1.

Designer Graeme McMillan led the team that made into reality this initial sketch of the Air Max with a rift blue and white colorway. The yellow colorway from Hatfield’s original sketch was later released on January 21, 2016.

As part of the Air Max’s 30th year anniversary, coinciding with the March 26 Nike Air Max Day, Hatfield’s original sketch of the Air Max finally came to fruition with its additional yellow colorway and other popular colorways now available to the public.

  • A yellow colorway patterned after Tinker Hatfield’s original sketch was released in January 2016.
  • New designs and colorways of the Nike Air Max Zero are released to coincide with the March 20 Nike Air Max Day every year. Among the popular and limited edition colorways released include Air Max Zero Tokyo, Air Max Zero Bred, Air Max Zero Pigeon, Air Max Zero Ultramarine, Air Max Zero Binary Blue, Air Max Zero Oreo, Air Max Zero Metallic Silver, and Air Max Zero Oatmeal.
  • A Phylon midsole makes the Air Max Zero QS extremely lightweight and comfortable.
  • The shoe is completed with a pair of cushioned sockliners and a set of tonal flat laces.
  • A Waffle-inspired outsole with rubber segments is provided for traction and durability.


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