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

9 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers were very happy with the shoe’s comfortable feel.
  • Some purchasers were impressed by the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle’s durability.
  • The shoe has an appealing design, based on few reviews.
  • The women’s version of the shoe has a breathable upper, as noted by few users.
  • It features the Air Max that delivers lightweight cushioning for all-day comfort.
  • The Air Max 1 Pinnacle has a rubber Waffle-inspired outsole that offers reliable traction.
  • A handful loved the fact that they can wear this version of the Air Max 1 in basically any occasion.
  • The very sleek look caught the eye of many purchasers.
  • It is readily available in multiple online retail shops.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Air Max 1 Pinnacle is slightly expensive.
  • Few users mentioned that the shoe’s sizing runs a size larger than their usual size.

Bottom line

A sneaker that features a timeless style, the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle offers a good combination of comfort, lightweight cushioning, and reliable outsole. New materials and technology give it a sleeker profile that should still suit the fancies of loyal Air Max 1 fans. It showcases the original shape of the Air Max 1 but it is loaded with upgrades, making it an ideal all-year-round streetwear.



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NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle History

Sometimes called as the Nike Air Max ’87, the Nike Air Max 1, which was first released in 1987, practically raised Nike’s appeal and mystique at just the right time in their history. Just when competing brands were coming up with one innovation or another, Nike took a bolder than most approach that not only raised a few eyebrows, but also literally changed their own concepts and marketing strategy.

Back when the patented Air technology was becoming smaller and completely hidden, the inaugural Air Max rebelled at the exact time for a thoroughly surprising twist. Instead of hiding the Air unit, Tinker Hatfield opened up part of the midsole so what was only felt can now be clearly seen. From that brazen idea, the Air Max 1 and the line never really looked back.

Nike’s storied shoe received an impressive NikeLab makeover. The new variation is the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle. It features the original shape of the Air Max 1 and the iconic visible air unit that is strategically incorporated to provide impact protection and responsive cushioning. It still delivers the same high-quality construction with a contemporary look. The Pinnacle also features the regular Swoosh branding.

NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle Style

The upgraded design and contemporary look of the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle made the shoe an ideal streetwear one can wear any time of the year. The men’s version with a premium leather upper is great when paired with jeans or casual pants. The women’s version looks great when worn with shorts, skinny jeans and skirts.

Fit & Sizing

The Air Max 1 Pinnacle from NikeLab is available in standard width for both men’s and women’s versions. The soft inner lining offers a great in-shoe feel. It runs true to size. Sizes available are 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s. Staying true to its running DNA is also evident in the really good hold and support, particularly with the premium leather upper. This makes the shoe ideal for active users.

Notable Features

NikeLab’s new rendition of this timeless silhouette prominently turns the head of casual sneaker fans and the real sneakerheads. This model offers a more streamlined and sleeker look that will appeal to the senses of those who long for more sophisticated-looking sneakers while still enjoying the DNA of one of the sneaker world’s most identifiable figure.

NikeLab’s use of premium leather not only contributes to the sleek-looking façade, but also to the highly-appreciated upper durability of the Air Max 1 Pinnacle.

Additional Info

  • The men’s and women’s versions of the NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle have the same contemporary look and design. However, they feature different upper materials.
  • The NikeLab’s version for the upper of the Air Max 1 Pinnacle for men utilizes a premium leather material while the women’s version has the combination of leather and breathable textile upper.
  • Both versions showcase the visible air unit cushioning, molded foam sockliner and the durable rubber Waffle-inspired outsole.
  • The laces are tonal so it really matches well with the entire upper design.
  • The shoe is considered by many as the top-end version of the amazing Air Max 1.
  • There are already a handful of color variations of the Air Max 1 Pinnacle from NikeLab.