Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers love how these low-top Nike basketball shoes fit. They are saying that the Air Force Max Low runs true to size.
  • The low-top Nike Air Force Max is really comfortable to wear, an owner compliments.
  • Similar to the Nike LeBron 16, a good number of commenters love the shoe’s silhouette. They claim that it is super clean and nice.
  • According to a user, the low-top version of the Nike Air Force Max adds a little height and bounce to his jump.
  • These low-top basketball shoes are pretty dope, most commenters exclaim.
  • One user just loves the cushioning of these Nike basketball sneakers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter wishes that the Nike Air Force Max Low has more cushioning at the forefoot.
  • The Nike Air Max cushioning at the heel can be more comfortable, a reviewer gripes.

Bottom line

From what we could gather, the Nike Air Force Max Low is an excellent looking basketball sneaker that can hold its own on the court. It fits great, is quite comfortable, and has pretty good cushioning. The few who left reviews also did not complain about the shoe’s traction, support, and lockdown.

All in all, users are quite satisfied with the performance of these low-top basketball shoes from Nike, and they highly recommend grabbing a pair.

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Good to know

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.

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.


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