Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of the reviewers find the Nike Air Max2 Light’s design stylish.
  • Almost all shoe users describe it as adequately comfortable.
  • Plenty of commenters view the pair as a “must cop.”
  • The Max2 Light of the Nike Air Max collection is true to size for many users.
  • One video reviewer have said that considering it is a vintage design, the shoe felt lighter than anticipated.
  • Some buyers commend this sneaker’s quality craftsmanship.
  • A few Nike Air Max2 Light reviewers are delighted that the shoe isn’t hyped and ubiquitous.
  • Most long-time fans of this kick felt nostalgic and ecstatic that Nike decided to re-release it after a long hiatus.

1 reason not to buy

  • Several die-hard fans of the original model note that this retro version is a little stiffer than the OG.

Bottom line

A good deal of old sneaker fans are in a frenzy raving about how they have patiently waited for the brand to bring Nike Air Max2 Light back. With this reissue and today’s chunky/dad sneaker trend, the Air Max2 Light has garnered new fans from today’s market.

With this kick’s adequate comfort, perfect fit, relatively light feel, stylish colorways, and time-tested retro aesthetic, this pair ticks all the essential boxes of excellent everyday footwear.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Max2 Light is a unisex shoe that’s offered in men’s sizes ranging from 3.5 to 15. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their normal shoe size. For example, if you shop a 9 in the women’s department then you should avail of a 7.5 in men’s sneakers. This kick runs true to size.

One of Nike’s Air Max sneaker models, the AM2 Light utilizes the traditional lace-up closure for an adjustable fit, while padded collars and tongues enhance comfort around the ankle.

Blessed with that retro 90s bold aesthetic, the Swoosh brand re-released the Nike Air Max2 Light shoes in the best time as bold chunky sneakers are back on trend. The upper’s layers are highlighted with vibrant color blocking adding depth and stylish accents to the overall shoe design, while the transparent window in the rear midsole adds a futuristic element.

This pair’s casual vibe is best paired with equally stylish casual ensembles. The guys can match it with cropped trousers and a graphic tee accessorized with colored socks and a cap for an old-school streetwear look, while the ladies can opt for high-waisted denim jeans or shorts and a cropped top for a casual, feminine outfit.

The Air Max2 Light’s rich heritage, stylish design and technical reputation back in the 90s were enough reasons for sneakerheads to hanker for this reissue. The shoe’s multi-layered upper bathed in eye-catching hues is elevated by a dual-pressure chamber heel encapsulated inside Phylon foam midsoles.

In light of the Japanese-based streetwear boutique Atmos’ collaboration with the Air Max2 Light in early 2019, an eagerness for more releases of the retro shoe has emerged in today’s sneaker community. Luckily the Swoosh brand heeded to the market’s clamor and decided to retro the underappreciated 90s silhouette after spending 25 years in the brand’s vault.

Originally introduced in 1994, the Nike Air Max2 Light served as the offspring of the 1989 Air Max Light runner. Praised for its highly technical 4-chambered Air Max unit, the AM2 Light was marketed as one ounce lighter than its predecessor and became a cult favorite among Air Max fans of the 90s.

With a reputation for strikingly stylish colorways, the Air Max2 Light continues the tradition as the shoe’s prolonged hiatus came to an end in early 2019 when Nike re-introduced the “University Gold” colorway. The 90s running-inspired sneaker possesses a striking yet classic upper construct made from a fusion of mesh and leather materials.

Consumers can choose from the Nike Air Max2 Light’s color lineup including “Reverse Grape” or Teal/Purple/Black/White, “Grape” or Purple/Teal/Black/White, “Blue Lagoon” or White/Blue Lagoon/Laser Orange/Black, “University Gold” or University Gold/Racer Blue/Black/Flash Crimson, Black/Anthracite/White, and rumored upcoming colorway called “Thunderlight.”

  • 3M reflective hits could be seen on the shoe’s upper in low-light places.
  • Some users say that the correct way to utter this kick’s name is “Air Max Squared Light.”
  • Mesh sections provide efficient breathability.


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