Verdict from 86 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Several commenters are happy that the Nike Air Force Max CB is being re-released.
  • These mid-top Nike basketball shoes feature an adjustable midfoot strap that secures the foot.
  • The Nike Air Force Max CB is equipped with a 180-degree heel Max Air unit that provides impact protection.
  • These Nike basketball sneakers are constructed with a premium nubuck upper for enhanced durability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Air Force Max CB is only available in a handful of hues.
  • Currently, there are no actual user reviews for these Nike basketball sneakers.

Bottom line

A reimagined version of the original, the 2018 release of the Nike Air Force Max CB delivers a classic 90’s look that evokes pure nostalgia. These street ready Nike basketball sneakers are for oldheads and fans of the Round Mound of Rebound who missed out on the original release of the Air Force Max CB back in the mid-90’s. Hardcore hoopers may find the shoe’s tech a bit outdated, so they are welcome to look elsewhere. They can pick the much more advanced Nike LeBron 16


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Good to know

From the courts to the streets, Nike brings back a 90’s hoop classic and re-creates it for everyday wear. The Nike Air Force Max CB combines standout design and premium comfort with its nubuck upper and Max Air cushioning. Its supportive construction and lightweight midsole also ensure comfortable wear all day long.

Cushion. The Nike Air Force Max CB comes with a lightweight foam midsole and 180-degree Max Air cushioning at the heel. The foam midsole is designed to deliver responsiveness while the heel Max Air unit offers impact protection.

Traction. These mid-top Nike basketball shoes are equipped with a durable rubber outsole that is made to last outdoors. The rubber outsole comes with a herringbone traction pattern that provides increased grip on a variety of surfaces.

Length and Width. According to several online retailers, these Nike basketball shoes fit true to size. They suggest ordering your actual size when purchasing the Nike Air Force Max CB.

Lockdown. Aside from its traditional lace-up system, the Air Force Max CB also boasts an adjustable midfoot strap that keeps the foot locked in place. The criss-cross straps lock the foot down and secure it onto the footbed.

These Nike basketball shoes also feature an internal cleatie that delivers a snug and secure feel and fit.

The Nike Air Force Max CB’s upper is constructed with a combination of leather and synthetic that delivers long-lasting style and comfort.

Although not an OG, these mid-top basketball shoes still come with its signature criss-cross straps and 180-degree Max Air unit. Various Nike branding complete the Air Force Max CB’s unique aesthetic.

Touted as Sir Charles Barkley’s first signature basketball shoe, the Nike Air Force Max CB returns in a fitting Phoenix Suns-inspired colorway. Listed below are the available colorways of these classic Nike basketball sneakers.

  • Black/Court Purple/Team Orange/White ‘Phoenix’
  • Black/Metallic Gold


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.