Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $150
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Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A large number of users stated that the design of the shoe is outstanding, which gives them a nostalgic feel that sends them back to the 90s.
  • Comfort of the shoe was widely appreciated by a lot of buyers.
  • According to many purchasers, the Nike Air Penny II was aesthetically well thought of and it even fits their true size.
  • The shoe’s adequate ankle support and good sole traction were commended by a number of buyers.
  • Some users reported that the Nike Air Penny II was durable and at the same time it didn’t crease easily.
  • A handful of buyers were delighted with the valuable price of the shoe.
  • The shoe’s lightweight and breathable upper, for a basketball shoe, impressed some of the users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Air Penny II, according to some buyers, gets dirty fast and takes a long time to clean.
  • Many purchasers were disappointed by the shoe running shallow with also a narrow toe room.
  • The shoe has an issue about stitching on the upper part mostly on the tongue and a few users stated that they even acquired blisters.

Bottom line

Having been worn by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway in the NBA season of 96-97, the Nike Air Penny II succeeded Nike’s Penny series with flying colors. The shoe provides a sense of nostalgia for people from mid-twenties to mid-thirties as it is the era where Hardaway was a booming guard and was even credited to match Jordan. A time traveling machine, as one might say it, the Air Penny II caters to the eyes of many and is even rated as one of the best designs in its franchise without disregarding comfort and stability.

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Nike Air Penny II History

Eric Avar, the creator of the well appraised Nike Kobe Series and the Nike Foamposite, was the genius behind Nike’s Penny line of shoes. After creating the Air Penny I, he immediately got into works to provide a sequel and thus, the Nike Air Penny II was born. The shoe was first released in the 1996-1997 campaign with Penny leading Orlando after losing Shaquille O'Neal to a trade with the Lakers.

Using the latest technology of Air Nike at the time, the Air Penny II featured an Air Max2 unit for heel and a separate Zoom Air at the ball for ample cushioning. Nubuck was the major material for designing the upper which adds to the comfort but not sacrificing stability. The silhouette also comes in a few colorways.

In 2007, a reunion was cited between Shaq and Penny. At the time, Shaq was playing for the Miami Heat. The signing sparked the need for a retro of the Penny II’s which was originally made to be a player exclusive with the colors matching that of the team. Several retroes and a limited edition featured in the Sole Collector Penny Pack in 2011 were released subsequently.

The year 2016 honors the 20th year anniversary of the Nike Air Penny II and several re-releases and a variety of colorways were made available.

Nike Air Penny II Style

A visible Air Max bubble can be seen on the heel with a leather upper and round lacing offering comfort. Depending on the type of colorway, the materials also differ with a mix of authentic leather and synthetic leather. The Phylon midsole, one of Nike’s innovative technologies, a lightweight but very responsive material can be seen with lines imitating clouds. Carbon Fiber is also added at the base of the mid-foot which contributes to the horizontal support.

The original colorways of the shoe resemble the three main colors of the Orlando Magic. A proper mix and match were sufficiently fashioned for Penny’s home, away and All-star shoes. Due to its conservative concoction of lines and colors, although sporty looking, the shoe can be worn with shirt and jeans.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Penny II is available in men’s sizes ranging from 6 to 13 in D - Medium width. Generally, it runs true to size with the toe cap diminishing slightly too narrow for a more snug fit at the toe area. Pull tabs are seen at the heel and at the tongue for ease.

Notable Features

One of the notable features of the Nike Air Penny II is the Air Max bubble at the heel. Another is the Carbon Fiber midfoot shank that complements the white Phylon midsole representing a wave. Attached to the lateral sides are logo pods which either contain a Swoosh or a 1 cent trademark.

Additional Info

  • The shoes' upper is a mix of authentic leather, Nubuck, and synthetic leather.
  • The logos (the swoosh and the 1 cent) on the lateral and the tongue of the shoe are shuffled based on a colorway or on the year the shoe was released.
  • In 2007, Air Penny II Miami Heat colorway was originally released as a player exclusive shoe.