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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


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.