Who should buy the Nike Air Max 2017

The Air Max 2017 from Nike is perfect for road runners who are looking for a: 

  • daily trainer
  • comfortable all-rounder
  • a mix of style and function 

Nike Air Max 2017 daily trainer

Who should NOT buy the shoe

You can dismiss the Nike Air Max 2017 if you're looking for a budget-friendly trainer. And if you want to set or beat PBs, you can also write it off. 

It's designed for easy days with fashion, comfort, and support in mind. 

Nike Air Max 2017: Versatile performance

The Air Max 2017 is not just a daily trainer. If you want to make the most out of your purchase, it can also be your go-to for gym training and walking.

With its futuristic look, it's ready to rock the streets as your lifestyle shoe. 

Nike Air Max 2017 shoes

Comfortable and supportive ride

The shoe's Cushlon foam, together with the full-length Zoom Air unit, dampen the impact in each step. Several testers agree that the cushion pampers their feet "so well," they could wear the shoe "all day long." 

And because the Zoom Air tech is a touch firm, it keeps motions in check. It prevents excessive rolling of the feet, none of the reviewers reported any slips or missteps. 

Nike Air Max 2017 air max unit

Contrary to past iterations, the Flywire cords have been removed in the Nike Air Max 2017. To make up for it, Nike has made some changes in the heel and midfoot for a better fit An update the majority welcomes. 

Unrestrained motions

For a flexible toe-off, the shoe contains flex grooves on the outsole. To complement this, Nike has sculpted the midsole for foot flexion. It also balances out the rather thick and rigid Zoom Air unit. 


A lot of runners highly "appreciate" the reflective details placed on the running shoe.

Nike Air Max 2017 low-light

According to them, it's especially useful when running in low-light hours. 


Long-time users of the Air Max claim that the shoe has "little sign" of wear even after hundreds of miles on the road. The outsole still locks untouched, and the midsole is just as supportive. 

Nike Air Max 2017 durable

Nike Air Max 2017: A stunner

The Nike Air Max 2017 solidifies the line’s tradition of mixing performance and lifestyle with its "cool," "sophisticated" looks, and solid performance on track.

Nike Air Max 2017 nike black

Testers also love the wide array of color combinations. 


Daily trainers typically range from $100 to $120. The Nike Air Max's $190 price tag is too tough to swallow. 

Too tight

Compared to the 2016 version, critics find the Air Max 2017 is a tad narrow in the midfoot. The new tongue, which is gusseted, causes "too much snugness" even when the laces are adjusted. 

Nike Air Max 2017 tongue

Lacks responsiveness 

Many experts said that the Zoom Air bags need a "long overdue" revamp. It's good at stabilizing the feet but doesn't deliver its promise of energy return, making the ride dull. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 366g / Women 337g
Drop: 13mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Max
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.