Verdict from 37 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Innovative: Fans of Nike Adapt Auto Max’s self-lacing technology say it's easy to make fit adjustments.
  • Investment: Heaps of reviewers consider it one of the Nike smart shoes that’s well worth the price.
  • Cool: Plenty of shoppers claim that this phenomenal shoe is well ventilated.
  • Secured: A reasonable sum of pleased users attest that this shoe locks the foot without feeling too tight. 
  • Impact-absorbing: To a significant number of wearers, the Air Max cushioning offers a soft ride.
  • Neat: Several commenters are fascinated by how the shoe and its components are cleverly packaged.  

2 reasons not to buy

  • Thick sole: Some buyers would have loved it more if the base is thinner and doesn’t resemble platform shoes.  
  • Charging hassle: A few reviewers find it inconvenient since they have to plug up to recharge the shoe. 

Bottom line

Nike Adapt Auto Max adds up to the brand’s fast-evolving futuristic shoe lineup. With its power lacing mechanism, this sneaker delivers a fully adjustable and secured fit. As a member of the Air Max family, it comes with the time-tested air bubble for underfoot comfort. If you’re crazy after space-aged kicks, you might want to snatch this tech-savvy buddy.

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Nike’s self-lacing Adapt Auto Max 

Taking the sneaker game further is the rechargeable Nike Adapt Auto Max. Backed by an adaptive lacing feature, this Nike smart shoe embraces the foot without having to tie any laces. It comes with a chunky sole with the visible Air Max cushioning bubble. 

The Swoosh label has been expanding the Adapt Auto Max collection in attractive colorways. Some of the notable ones are the Nike Adapt Auto Max Motherboard, Infrared, Anthracite, and Pure Platinum.

Nike Adapt feature in Adapt Auto Max

This cutting-edge kick is powered by the Nike Adapt, an electronic lacing system that loosens and tightens to the foot’s shape. Through the Nike Adapt app that you can install on your smartphone device, you can custom-mold the fit, check the battery levels, and create Siri or Google Voice commands. 

Nike Adapt Auto Max side-by-side other Nike smart shoes

Nike Air Mag is the first rechargeable sneaker by Nike that replicated the auto-lacing, high-top shoe used in the Back to the Future II movie. Unlike the more fashion-forward Adapt Auto Max that seems like a cross between a dad shoe and platform kick, the Air Mag resembles outer space boots, making them tricky to style up. 

Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 and the Adapt Auto Max appear like any sport style shoe with their fashionable flair. Comfort-wise, the Adapt Auto Max is wrapped in breathable fabric and amply cushioned by the airbag underneath. Hyperadapt 1.0 is fully padded but tends to feel warm inside.

Nike Adapt BB belongs to basketball. The Adapt app powers both the Hyperadapt 1.0 and this power-laced hoop shoe. But the noticeable difference, apart from style, is the performance aspect of the latter model.


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