Who should buy the Nike Air Max 2015
Don't pass up on the Air Max 2015 if you need a pair of road running shoes that is:
- supportive during daily runs
- light enough for jogging
- also suitable for walking
- exceptionally stylish for casual wear
Who should NOT buy it
If you're looking for an affordable shoe, a speed trainer, or a long-distance running shoe, you can write off the Nike Air Max 2015.
Nike Air Max 2015: 360-degree comfort
The 2015 version of the Nike Air Max sees an upper revamp that takes comfort up a notch. Its softer engineered mesh upper is a welcome update among runners. Not once have they experienced any blisters or rubbing.
There's also an inner sleeve in the upper that enhances the shoe's plushness. It wraps the foot with a luxe cushion, testers swear they can wear it "all day."
Although padded, the upper has larger perforations, making the shoe very "breathable." Even under humid conditions, reviewers state it remains cool.
There are flex grooves on the shoe's forefoot, allowing easy and natural-feeling heel-to-toe transitions. The Air Max also has gender-specific flex grooves to accommodate runners better.
Thanks to the shoe's update, it sheds off some weight. Experts have also felt this on the run, saying the shoe doesn't drag them down.
A number of runners mention that the midfoot wrap is better than the earlier version. The biggest change in the upper is the presence of the Flywire cables, providing a snugger fit as they are directly connected to the laces and midsole.
Fit aside, the Nike Air Max 2015 is also supportive in the midsole. The full-length blown Zoom Air unit provides a firmer ride, preventing excessive movements of the feet.
Apart from comfort, the inner sleeve added to the upper also doubles down on lockdown. And to fend off heel slips, there's an overlay fused to the rear side.
For low-visibility runs
The Swoosh logo is made with reflective materials, making the Air Max perfect for night or low-light runs.
Nike Air Max 2015: An eye candy
According to most runners, the Nike Air Max 2015 is one of the "best-looking" shoes on the market. It has bold colorways that come in a futuristic package.
Lags behind in responsiveness
Despite being loaded with Nike's most energetic midsole tech — Nike Zoom Air — the shoe doesn't feel lively. The Cushlon foam is also very scant, it doesn't make the ride better.
Even on dry surfaces, the shoe's outsole doesn't latch well, noted a handful of commenters.
At $190, it's Nike’s most expensive shoe. Worse, its lackluster performance doesn't justify the price.