Who should buy the Nike Air Wild

Nike Air Wild is a slip-on bootie sneaker, ideal for people that are looking for:

  • trail aesthetics and rugged features with a comfortable fit
  • durable, all-weather sneakers that pair well with all casual clothes

Nike Air Wild logo

Superior grip and protection

The most eye-catching feature of the Nike Air Wild is the articulated thick razor tread which was inspired by the classic Nike trail footwear. This semi-translucent rubber sole is responsible for superior grip for the outdoor trails and also for the city pavements. It also features a thick molded external heel counter that adds added protection.

Nike Air Wild rugged sole

Nike Air cushioning

It has an Injected unit midsole, and foam sole with a Nike Air unit in the heel for lightweight cushioning. 

Nike Air Wild midsole

Enhanced visibility

The reflective mudguard is present that enhances the visibility of the kick during the low lights.

Nike Air Wild reflective material

Durable traction=

The solid rubber outsole features aggressive lugs inspired by iconic Nike trail shoes for durable traction.

Nike Air Wild sole

History of the Nike Air Wild

Few consider the Sneakerboots as the evolution of the sneakers which lies between the comfortable sneakers and the heavy-hitting trail cleats. Its history began in the early 80s from the Nike hiking line. It first released models such as Magma, Gore-Tex-clad Approach, Lava Dome, and Escape.

Nike Air Wild collar

Before, running shoes and hiking cleats were from different entities. Running kicks were made with breathable mesh or suede with cushioned sole units with a lack of heel and ankle support.  Meanwhile, the traditional hiking or working cleats utilized waterproof leather upper, rigid construction, and heavy-duty rubber sole.

The first ACG that features the Nike Air unit is the Air Max Goadome, launched in 2007. In 2013, the Sneakerboot collection was introduced that focuses on producing footwear that can endure adverse weather conditions in the city.

Nike Air Wild upper

The Nike Air Wild is one of the latest offerings of the Nike Sneakerboot. It is taken from an early ACG model back in the 80s. It features an aggressive rubber-lugged outsole and slip-on cleatie construction upper. Although it looks more like trail footwear, Nike made this stylish and fashionable to be worn on the city roadways. This sneaker has a water-resistant feature and a superb trail grip.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Gum Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Winter
Features: Reflective / Water resistant

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.