Who should buy the Nike Air Max 180 High

The Nike Air Max 180 High is a solid choice if:

  • A fashion-forward shoe that pairs well with various outfits is what you are after.
  • You love wearing shoes with an ultra-modern design.
  • You are looking for high-top sneakers with an easy-to-put-on design.

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Who should not buy the Nike Air Max 180 High

For sneakerheads with a busy lifestyle, the Nike Air Max 180 High might not be an ideal candidate because it requires time and effort to tidy up. The shoe will not also be comfortable for wide-footed wearers because of its narrow toe section. They might want to have a look at other Nike's best high-top sneakers and see what suits them best. 

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Size and fit

Although labeled as a women's shoe, the Nike Air Max 180 High is a regular fit that comes in both men's and women's sizes. This high-top sneaker provides good ankle support and holds the foot together. Its zip-up closure and pull tab makes the shoe easy to wear. Overall, the shoe provides a good amount of comfort and cushioning while on the go.

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Nike Air Max 180 High Style

The Nike AM 180 Hi Ambush takes on a futuristic look wherein its upper takes inspiration on the construction of the Air Zoom Flight. Its clean and sleek look adds to the futuristic factor making it stand out. For the bottom half, it keeps on the Air Max 180 design giving it a bit of a familiar classic look. 

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The zipper closure does not only provide ease in wearing but also allows ease in styling according to the user's preferences. It comes in colorways that are well-matched with a neutral-colored tracksuit.

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Notable Features

In collaboration with Ambush, Nike's AM 180 Hi is a fusion of the Air Max 180 and the Air Zoom Flight. The combination of two classic silhouettes brought a contemporary high-fashion sneaker, which gives a sensation of a fully wrapped shoe with all-day comfort.

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Nike Air Max 180 High History

Ambush first started as a design company that focused on art direction and album art designs. By 2008, it shifted its main focus into becoming a Japanese jewelry line of the same name founded by Yoon Ahn and Verbal. It partnered with a lot of influential brands and designers, including BAPE, Undercover, and Gentle Monster, giving them a name in the industry and well-loved by many.

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Around 2015, Verbal and Yoon Ahn became celebrated icons and were listed by the Business of Fashion as two of the Top 500 people who have shaped the global fashion industry. This recognition allowed them to debut Ambush in Paris, granting it more growth and gaining more attention in the industry. The brand also became one of the top 8 finalists for the LVMH Prize in 2017. By 2018, it got its first runway presentation as part of the Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo. 

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This time, Ambush teams up with Nike for a new and innovative collaboration on the Air Max 180. Hoping to bring comfort and functionality without sacrificing style during a busy lifestyle, they re-imagine the design of this iconic runner and push it to greater heights, which eventually led them in coming up with the Nike Air Max 180 Hi x Ambush. This sneaker takes inspiration on the Air Zoom Flight or "The Glove," for its upper while keeping the features of the AM 180 for the bottom half. Nike first introduced the AM 180 High in 2019 with the two colors, black and white, as part of the Nike X Ambush apparel collection.

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Nice to know about the Nike Air Max 180 High

  • The Nike AM 180 High has a synthetic upper and a contrasting rubber sole.
  • It comes with a red co-branded insole.

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Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 180
Style: Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: AMBUSH
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air
Closure: Laces, Zipper

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