Verdict from 7 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 95 Utility is an excellent and high-quality addition to the Air Max 95 collection. 
  • A lot of users have expressed that they consider this Nike sneaker a favorite. 
  • Plenty of owners have remarked that the pair is solidly built.  
  • These are the perfect winter shoes, as several buyers have commented.
  • This version of the Air Max has a winter grip that is highly commended by many.  
  • A great number of wearers have praised the shoe’s comfort and good ankle support. 
  • Based on various commenters, these are some lightweight winter footwear. 
  • Many admire AM 95 Utility's awesome colorways. 
  • They are some great-looking shoes that are very stylish. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of wearers have claimed that the sneakers are a bit hard to clean. 
  • Some have noticed that the shoes look quite big on them.

Bottom line

A running-inspired classic, Nike’s addition to the Air Max 95 collection gets upgraded into the Air Max 95 Utility. This Winter Utility iteration features the same classic linework as its predecessors but gets a weatherized twist on the classic style for outdoor wear during the winter months. 

In spite of some tweaks to this ‘90s favorite, the classic-inspired sneaker reissue definitely delivers not only comfort and style updates but also total winterized protection.

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Good to know

The Air Max Utility 95 is available in men’s sizing. These sneakers fit true to size so it is suggested for one to go their usual sizes. As for women who want to cop a pair of these Utility sneakers, it is recommended to go a half or full size down. 

As for the shoe’s closure, a streamlined lacing system provides for an easy on and off. Also, a more lockdown fit is guaranteed. 

Inspired by a cult classic, the Air Max Utility 95 is wrapped with aerodynamic curves and a mix of durable textures and materials. The upper is a blend of mesh with synthetic and leather overlays for an iconic look. Along the upper, the durable rubber detailing and premium leather are added throughout the shoes for added protection from the elements. Additionally, this pair retains the classic Air Max 95 silhouette with the wave-like patterns on the side. 

Reflective layers are also added to the shoes, lining the throat and heels. Not only do the features of the shoes are updated but also the colorways. Some of the pair’s colorways are in black/cool grey, brown/orange, grey/green, and villain red/clay orange/soft grape. As fashionable-looking as they look like, the Air Max Utility 95 is also easy to style with.

Generally, these trainers look best with slim or skinny cut jeans over looser styles and bootcut hems. One can also go for jogger or cargo pants as well. Fun-patterned tops, sweaters, hoodies, or long sleeve shirts are best styled with the bottoms mentioned.

Honing in on materials that are more adaptive to inclement weather conditions, this upgraded Air Max 95 silhouette is crafted with more durable and premium materials that offer improved protection and weather-ready warmth. The VAC-Tech construction on the molded synthetic upper provides dry warmth and durability. A full-foot, visible Air Max units deliver heel-to-toe cushioning and lightweight support. Moreover, the midsoles are constructed with EVA foam for more premium cushioned comfort. 

3M reflective accents are found throughout the upper for low light visibility. Completing the sneaker’s whole look, the full-length rubber outsoles have been re-engineered with deeper-than-usual treads and a ridged pattern for greater traction and grip on slippery surfaces. In addition, the rubberized heel also adds durability. 

In the early 1990s, Nike made basketball sneakers its top priority. Michael Jordan’s sneaker sales were out of hand, and the rest of the Nike hoops roster read like an All-NBA team. In order to revitalize Nike’s running division, Nike wanted to depart from the typical Air Max look and upgrade the design process from a fresh perspective. The Air technology was conceptualized by Tinker Hatfield, who initially worked for Nike. However, Sergio Lozano was given the goal to do something with the shoes that have never been done before.

When designing the 95, Lozano wanted to make a bold statement that presents an entirely new take on the sneaker. Featuring four waves of color fading from the light gray eyelets down to the black midsole, the gradient pattern was a concept developed by Lozano. 

The Nike  Air component became larger and eight years later the Nike Air Max line was introduced. In 1987, the first model of the Air Max line was released. This latest discovery, which provides greater cushioning and comfort, made the athletes see as well as feel the benefits of Nike Air Max.

One of Nike’s most famous Air Max Line is the Air Max 95, a cult classic. Many iterations have been made after this classic and one of them is Nike’s Air Max 95 Utility, a cold-weather rendition of the classic style. Synthetic panels, updated comfort and weatherized features, engineered rubber, and reflective touches let you feel secure when hitting the streets during the wet and cold weather.

  • A synthetic toe tip is found on the Utility’s upper which is tough and durable.
  • The pair features the traditional tongue and collar that give an OG fit.
  • A single stripe with a small Swoosh and toe cap bring the design back down to earth just enough.
  • Nike Swoosh embroidery is also placed on the heel counter for branding. 


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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.