Nike Air Max 2021 gets dual-air chambers

Nike puts a new meaning to Air-sole comfort with the drop of the Nike Air Max 2021. This new brood from the Air Max family receives an oversized bubble on the heel that’s partly concealed in a caged TPU chamber. It seems like a genetic mashup of the previous year’s Air Max 2090 and the Air Max 270. If you want the added height, comfort, breathability, and a fashion-forward style, this shoe might pull at your heartstrings. 

AM 2021 design focal points

Air sole. It showcases an improved TPU caged design encasing a dual-pressure Air unit that’s more aggressive-looking than the heel bubble on the Air Max 2090 

Foam cushioning. It comes with a specialized foam that helps alleviate pressure on the impact zones, primarily under the ball of the foot.

Other upgrades on this Air Max shoe

  • It has a reinforced toe design that appears like rigid polyurethane (RPU) dots used in some Adidas clay court shoes.
  • Traditional Nike Waffle tread, as seen in Nike Air Max 95, is replaced with screw-like lugs that offer a decent amount of traction.
  • As showcased in some variations of the Air Max Tailwind IV and Nike Daybreak SP, a synthetic ripstop arrangement is also used in this kick.
  • Its lacing system comes with a set of eyestays and ghillie loops which give you style flexibility and a fully adjustable fit. 
  • Like Nike Grind shoes that come with upcycled components, this kick is assembled utilizing 20% recycled content. 


How Nike Air Max 2021 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 17% sneakers
All sneakers
Bottom 26% Nike sneakers
All Nike sneakers
Bottom 16% low sneakers
All low sneakers


The current trend of Nike Air Max 2021.
Compare to another shoe:

If Sneakerology exists, Judith’s close to earning her Ph.D. She owns not stacks of kicks, but hundreds of published sneaker content online, headlining grails, greats, GRs from over 30 global brands. She’s a natural creative wordsmith, a hype monster at times, who writes and edits lifestyle articles professionally for over two decades now. If you're lost in a sea of popular or undervalued sneaks fishing for that best catch, she’ll gladly help out between sips of coffee or lemony mojito.