Verdict from 41 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers find the shoes’ injected rubber midsole cushioning extremely soft, comfortable, and lightweight.
  • The waffle outsole is responsive to movements and has good durable traction to the ground, according to several commenters.
  • Numerous reviewers find the leather and textile upper durable and built to last.
  • A few commenters find the Nike Air Footscape NM very light and feels like a slipper on feet.
  • A high number of reviewers find the shoe design from the textile to the mix and match of colors very stylish and eye-catching.
  • Quite a lot of users observe that the textile, mesh, and leather upper combination gave ample protection to the feet.
  • Some critics of the shoe appreciate the waffle sole that makes the walking experience well-cushioned, soft, and supportive.
  • Nike Air-Sole heel unit remains soft and cushions the foot from impact and shock, making them ideal for walking or very light running.
  • A number of comments claim the deep flex grooves really help to perform a wide range of motion.
  • Asymmetrical design and side lacing help distribute pressure all throughout the shoe and relieving stress in the upper.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users find it difficult to pair the shoes with their outfits because of its odd silhouette.
  • A few commenters are not fond of this eccentric shoelace placement of the Nike Air Footscape NM sneaker.

Bottom line

The re-issue of the 1995 Nike Air Footscape NM comes packed with a whole lot of features intended to make your every stride more comfortable. Characterized by a silhouette and details that are out of the convention, the asymmetrically designed shoe is extremely well-cushioned with its side lacing relieving stress from the upper while flex grooves in the sole provide the avenue for a variety of movements.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Footscape NM runs true to size and with Footscape technology from Nike’s designers adjusts well to the shape as well as the movement of the feet guaranteeing a comfortable stride. The sneakers have an asymmetrical lacing system that distributes the pressure in the upper for a more snug lockdown and perfect fitting. Shoes are released in limited batches through retailers in men’s size.

As the classic sneaker shifted from its original running roots into a lifestyle sneaker, the Nike Air Footscape NM has also improved in terms of style. Nike has also opened up to the use of new materials from premium or suede leather, mesh, rubber, textile, woven fabric, and synthetic materials for the Nike Air Footscape NM’s upper. 

The sneaker has also gained an audience among the fans of eccentric sneakers because of its asymmetric design and waffle pattern outsole.

Further improving its versatility in terms of style, Nike designers have also released various colorways and materials depending on the season with their Spring /Summer and Fall/Winter releases in various colorways to capture a hip and trendier generation of customers.

For a sneaker that is a product of extensive research, the Nike Air Footscape NM’s silhouette may be its most notable feature.  An injected Footscape midsole was engineered with deep Flex Grooves by Nike designers for flexibility and comfort across all types of surface and further promising reliable traction for various movements. The silhouette matches the natural profile and kinematics of the human foot while its alternative fit accommodates the dynamics of foot motion resulting in a new type of comfort that does not go against the natural response to forces experienced during heavy physical activities.

Since its first release in 1996, many sneaker fans have a love-hate relationship with the Nike Air Footscape NM.  While others may not find first looks of the foot-hugging and asymmetrical design appealing, the in-shoe feel of this cult classic definitely blew them away as the promised comfort and soft cushioning are immediately fulfilled.

Researched and developed by Nike’s Advanced Product Engineering Group and the Nike Sports Research Lab, the running shoe is a product of the group’s conscious effort to relieve the stress on the foot and design a shoe that would be responsive to the needs of the feet making the entire in-shoe experience as comfortable as possible.

Nike researchers studied the structure of the human foot from the bones, arches, ligaments, and nerves to determine the average foot after an extensive sampling and analysis by the Nike Sports Research Laboratory and the Advanced Product Engineering Group.

The result of this research is the proprietary Footscape design silhouette that allows Nike to integrate with precision their designing process for athletes. As a result of this research, athletes are given greater comfort and response to the natural forces experienced during rigorous physical activities like running.

In 1996, the first Nike Footscape OG first came out in Varsity Royal and Zen Gray colorways as the shoe sports black neoprene material on the upper with a stretchy elastic tongue. The initial release also featured an off-white mesh upper which squares off evenly with the white midsole.

Soon other shoes that adhere to the Footscape design were released including the Nike Air Stasis, Nike Air Footscape 2 Presto, Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukka, Nike Air Footscape Woven TZ, and Nike Air Footscape Magista.

  • Waffle pattern outsole has speckled design for a trendier look.
  • Pull tabs can be found on the heel and tongue for easy entry and exit of the footwear.
  • Nike Air sole unit at the heel provides cushioning and shock absorption capabilities.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Footscape NM are American rappers Stalley, Wale, and Nick Young. The elusive UK Hip-Hop and R&B star Frank Ocean were also spotted wearing the sneakers.
  • NBA star LeBron James was also spotted wearing the woven version of the shoe.


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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.