Profile of the Nike Air Force Max Low

Popularized by none other than the Round Mound of Rebound Sir Charles Barkley, the OG Nike Air Force Max was the epitome of coolness back in the ’90s. During its release, the Air Force Max featured an all-new, full-heel Air Max bubble that offers increased cushioning and a midfoot strap for a locked-in fit.

Adding to the shoe’s history and coolness factor, the Air Force Max was also worn on-court by Michigan’s Fab Five that consisted of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. The Fab Five revolutionized college basketball and was famous for their athleticism, on-court swagger, flashy style of play, forward-thinking, and fashion sense.

In 2019, the Nike Air Force Max makes a return but in low-top form. Made for versatile players who are always evolving, the updated Air Force Max features a lightweight mesh upper with the iconic strap over the midfoot. The mesh upper offers all-game comfort while the midfoot strap provides adjustable lockdown. At the heel, a super comfortable 180-degree Nike Air Max unit protects against hard-hitting impact.


Cushion. The Nike Air Force Max Low features a resilient foam midsole and a visible 180-degree Max Air unit in the heel. The visible Max Air unit provides ultimate impact absorption when you come down hard after grabbing boards. The foam midsole also provides additional cushioning where and when you need it most.

Traction. These Nike basketball shoes are equipped with a durable rubber outsole with multidirectional traction for enhanced grip on any surface.


Length and Width. These low-top basketball shoes from Nike reportedly fit true to size. Buyers can get their actual shoe size when ordering the Air Force Max Low online.

Lockdown. The Nike Air Force Max Low features a low-to-mid-top cut that provides increased ankle support while also leaving your ankle to move freely.

At the midfoot, a strap provides secure lockdown and offers a custom fit that allows you to adjust the fit however tight or loose you want it. A TPU heel counter keeps the heel in place for increased stability.


These Nike basketball shoes feature a breathable mesh and synthetic upper that provides comfortable support on and off the hardwood. The durable Ripstop material also provides lightweight containment.


At first glance, the Nike Air Force Max Low has a sleek silhouette that resembles LeBron James’s 16th signature basketball shoe. The shoe’s low-top cut provides high-impact players with the versatility they need on the court.

Aside from providing a secure fit, the midfoot strap also offers added style when rocking the shoes on and off the hardwood.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air Force Max Low

Currently, the Nike Air Force Max Low is only available in two color options.

  • Black/White/Volt
  • White/Black/Volt

We’ll update the list once Nike basketball releases more colorways of these low-top shoes.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Force Max
Top: Low
Lockdown: Strap, Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Force
Colorways: Black / White / Blue
Special editions: 1 special edition
SKUs: BV0651001 / BV0651003 / BV0651004 / BV0651005 / BV0651100 / BV0651400

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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.