Verdict from 8 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers agree that the Nike Air Metal Max offers excellent comfort. 
  • A handful of reviewers say that the shoe looks sleek, specifically the black and white colorway.
  • Some commenters mention that they are enjoying the unique semblance of the shoe.
  • A couple of wearers attest that the relaunched Nike Air Metal Max’s shape is closely similar to the OG ones. 
  • A reviewer comments that the shoe is definitely worth its price.
  • Tons of buyers agree that the Air Metal Max from Nike shapes the feet nicely.
  • One purchaser of the sneaker in turf green says that he receives many compliments while wearing it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some commenters mention that the air bubbles are too small.
  • A reviewer says that there could be nicer colorways available for the Nike Air Metal Max.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Metal Max is a sneaker first released more than two decades ago, thus the vintage vibe of the silhouette. It is one of the training footwears in the era that are chunky and bulky.

Praised for having a well-padded collar, it also offers wearers easy on-and-off for it has a pull tab at the heel.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Metal Max runs in men’s sizing. The upper contains a combination of breathable material, including a perforated detail on the side panels. A padded collar is also added for extra comfort. For ultimate comfort and stability, the right amount of Air Max air unit is incorporated. 

The kick also features a full lace-up closure system to secure an adjustable fit.

Nike brings back one of the most understated kicks back in the ‘90s, the Nike Air Metal Max. Since chunky kicks are hot fashion in the modern craze, the brand did not just bring back the OG colorway but a flurry of new ones. One can definitely choose the perfect color palette that suits their style. With its sleek and classic details other than its bold sole, one can make a statement while wearing it. 

Although the sneaker is only available in men’s sizing, women can surely sport a go-to street style look with it on. The Nike Air Metal Max can work for many casual occasions; just pair it with a rolled-up or ankle-length pant and some plain tee and one can flaunt a laid back casual look.

The return of the Nike Air Metal Max is perfect as it meets the modern trend. It features a synthetic leather upper and a combination of the suede toe cap, which can withstand scratches and scrapes and is very durable. The slide slits do not only appear stylish but also provide breathability on feet. The kick is a combination of comfort and fashion.

Starting the day of the release of the first Air Max, Nike’s innovation on creating sneakers has never stopped. Although the brand enjoys the significant popularity of the line, some models seem not to catch the attention of most people.  

Originally released in the mid-’90s, the Nike Air Metal Max became part of the Nike trainers at the time of its peak. It re-issued in the early ‘20s, but like some other models, it never reached the heights of popularity at that time. 

However, as dad sneakers take the streetwear and high-fashion by storm, many brands have released their own version of it. As for Nike, they have the Nike Air Metal Max to return and daze most sneakerheads with more excellent colorways.

  • Features Nike branding on the pull tab on the heel counter. 
  • The mesh tongue includes Air Max branding.
  • Has white rubber outsoles that complete the look. 
  • The side slits reveal reflective mesh. 


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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.