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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many users liked the superb cushioning of the Nike Air Unlimited.
  • Most reviewers shared that this pair delivers superb ankle support.
  • A handful of buyers said that this pair is durable.
  • The stylish and retro look of the Nike Air Unlimited has been commended by the majority of the users.
  • Some users praised the breathable upper of the Nike Air Unlimited.
  • Available in multiple colorways.
  • Few users enjoyed the lightness of this pair.
  • This pair generally runs true to size.
  • Comfort is appreciated by a good number of reviewers.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Some users complained about the tad narrow width of the Nike Air Unlimited.
  • Few users criticized that this pair needs a long break in period.
  • A couple of buyers griped that this pair easily gets dirty.
  • One reviewer revealed that their Air Unlimited has a poor traction.
  • The Nike Air Unlimited creases easily, criticized by one user.
  • Several users did not like that this pair comes with a slightly expensive price.
  • A handful of buyers complained that this pair is hard to put on.

Bottom line

Another revival from the Swoosh archive was launched in 2016. Nike restored the Nike Air Unlimited, an original 1994’s big men’s basketball shoe. It showcases a high-cut neoprene bootie construction and premium and synthetic leather upper. This pair boasts about their four-level strapping system that provides a unique and excellent lockdown fit. Adding to the comfortable ride is the cushy midsole with Air-Sole unit. It is almost guaranteed that the Nike Air Unlimited will give its wearer’s an unlimited secure fit and comfy jaunt.


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4.4 / 5 based on 28 ratings

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Nike Air Unlimited History

Frank Rudy, an aerospace engineer first conceptualized the air-infused cushioning system called the Nike Air.  The Swoosh launched the Nike Air Tailwind in 1979 featuring the radical concept of Rudy. Soon after, this technology was infused to the other shoe models. The first basketball shoe that used the Nike Air tech is the Nike Air Force 1.  Meanwhile, the Nike Air Trainer was the first multi-purpose athletic trainer that features the Air technology. 

First launched in 1994, the Nike Air Unlimited was first released as the big men’s performance basketball shoe. It was seen worn by NBA stars David Robinson, Chris Webber and Grant Hill. The Nike Air Unlimited features qualities from the Nike Air Flight Huarache and Nike Air Carnivore - high-top neoprene bootie with the dual strapped leather shell.

In 2016, the Nike Air Unlimited returned in the market. NikeLab even helped in overhauling this classic pair to let the younger generations get to know this classic pair more.  The Nike revamped the silhouette which helped it turn into more of a lifestyle-ready sneaker.

Nike Air Unlimited has a neoprene ankle wrap with Velcro strap, Velcro heel locking strap and overlay strap running across the top of the shoe. The midsole has an Air cushioning unit and herringbone patterned outsole.

Nike Air Unlimited Style

The Nike Air Unlimited is made with premium leather and synthetic leather upper which adds to the plush look of this casual shoe. The high-cut profile with several straps contributes to the athletic look of this pair. Meanwhile, perforations on the toebox contribute to the ventilation of this pair for an all-day use. Most users sport their Nike Air Unlimited with their baggy pants, shorts or even with their active wear. Some wearers suggest wearing this during the cold days with their sweatpants and hoodie sweaters.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Unlimited has a four-strap system with hook and loop closure to lock down the foot.  It features a neoprene sockliner for a dependable fit and for an enhanced support. The lace-up closure adds secure fit while the pull loop found at the heel aids the wearers in putting on this pair. It is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium width. Men can choose from sizes 6 to 15 while women have sizes in medium width.

Notable Features

Many buyers shared that they get are attracted in buying the Nike Air Unlimited because of its retro silhouette. Some disclosed that this pair reminds them of their younger years while watching Grant Hill play on the hard court. Aside from that, many buyers noted about the straps found on the ankle and midfoot.  These straps provide an optimum fastened fit and at the same time adds flair to this lifestyle sneaker.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Unlimited was seen worn by “The Admiral” David Robinson during his 71-point game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Admiral was also seen wearing the Air Unlimited during the rare Quadruple-Double during that season.
  • The original release in 1994, the box came with an instruction booklet on how to strap in the foot.
  • It has the injected Phylon in the midsole with Air-Sole unit to provide superb cushioning.
  • It has TPU in the heel to add stability and support.
  • The comfortable neoprene bootie construction of this shoe delivers a snug fit.