Size and fit

Made with a breathable mesh upper and highlighted with supportive leather and synthetic overlays, count on the Nike Air Max 95 Essential to offer sufficient support in all the right places. On-feet reviews of the Nike Air Max 95 Essential shoes note that the Air-cushioned footwear provides all-day comfort around the foot and underfoot. 

Nike Air Max 95 Essential Style

Run errands and work out in style with the low-top Nike Air Max 95 Essential running shoes. Striking a look that defies the norm, this runner-inspired shoe’s chunky silhouette is crafted with a variety of materials and remains appealing to a lot of fans in the past two decades.

As a lifestyle sneaker that is not difficult to pull off, the men’s Nike Air Max 95 Essential are best styled with slim jeans, ankle pants, joggers, and athletic shorts with t-shirts and tank. The monochromatic tones of some colorways and the neutral tones of some other colorway options allow the men’s Nike Air Max 95 Essential sneakers to be worn with khakis and slacks.

Paired with sweats, jeans, leggings, jumpsuits, and denim shorts, expect these kicks to make heads turn. Women may glam up their look with these neutral-colored kicks as the Air Max 95 shoe doesn’t overwhelm the eyes with too much detail keeping the focus on the clothes and not on the shoes.

Another factor why the Nike Air Max 95 Essential silhouette is a favorite sneaker is the vast selection of colorways. Among them are the Nike Air Max 95 Essential in black and the Nike Air Max 95 Essential in red hues that are merely flexible for both men and women buyers.

The iconic runner also dropped in colors for the fall/winter which come in neutral shades of brown and grey. Some of these Nike Air Max 95 Essential sneakers come ready in earth tones which include cool grey, pale grey, trooper green, chalk white, olive, and sports turquoise.

Spring-ready colorways of Nike Air Max 95 Essential running shoes were also dropped in multi-textile black/orange, ultramarine, obsidian/desert sand/vintage coral, and pure platinum colorways. For conservative users, the triple black colorway of the men’s Nike Air Max Essential will rock any athleisure outfit. The Nike Air Max 95 Essential triple black colorway also blends effortlessly with dark-colored jeans and does not stain or get dirty that easily.

In April 2018, the Oregon-based multibillion-dollar shoe manufacturer also unveiled a New York Mets-inspired cool grey/total orange-white colorway for the Nike Air Max 95 Essential shoes. The Air Max 95 shoe comes featured in a predominantly grey upper with hits of orange at the shoes’ visible Air-Sole unit, Swoosh logo, and tongue. Blue highlights also occupy the Swoosh and eyelets to pay homage to the New York-based US baseball team. The Nike Air Max 95 Essential in the Mets-inspired colorway sold at $160 per pair.

Notable Features

Similar to the original model, the men’s Nike Air Max 95 Essential is recognized instantly for its upper’s gradient design which is commonly made of leather and synthetic materials. Underlaid and lined with breathable, lightweight mesh, the Air Max 95 Essential running shoes promise to offer a comfortable and airy in-shoe feel.

The thick, aggressive-looking sole is also an eye-catcher. Equipped with an unconcealed Nike Air Max 95 bubble in the forefoot and heel, as well as a deeply-grooved Waffle rubber outsole, this Air Max Essential sneaker ensures to deliver strong impact cushioning, not to mention durable and flexible multi-directional traction on various terrains.

Nike Air Max 95 Essential History

The development of the groundbreaking Air-Sole technology back in the late 1970s marked one of the multibillion-dollar footwear brand’s milestones. Recognized for its superior cushioning and enhanced shock-absorbing properties, Nike Air-Sole instigated the rise of one of Nike’s most-coveted lines, the Air Max. 

The Nike Air Max line first came out in 1987 when legendary footwear designer Tinker Hatfield sketched his prototype for the iconic Nike Air Max sneaker. Hatfield was the creative genius behind bestselling and innovative sneakers from the Nike brand like the Nike Air Huarache and Nike Mag, including grail models of the Air Jordan sub-brand.

The veteran shoe designer created the Nike Air Max design after gazing at the inside-out design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Inspired by the building’s design, Hatfield created the first Air Max thinking that the already famous Nike Air cushioned shoes are not enough. He labored in making a model in a tipless vamp similar to the Air Sock Racer and featuring a partly visible Air-Sole unit. 

Many years later, the Nike Air Max design has not faltered in renewing the interests of sneakerheads wanting the best of air cushioning technology year after year. In fact, the Air Max Day is observed every March 26th in celebration of the release of the iconic shoe design back in 1987.

  Air Max 95 features

In 1995, trained industrial designer Sergio Lozano was given the task to design the 7th model for the iconic Nike Air Max collection. Aiming to recapture the attention of athletes, runners, and running enthusiasts alike, Lozano and his creative team pushed the boundaries to create a Nike Air Max running shoe that boasted improved performance, not to mention individuality.

Design inspiration for the seventh Air Max model can come from various things. Lozano found his in Nike’s shoe library. Fascinated by the human anatomy, the Nike Air Max 95 running shoe silhouette was based on the human body's elaborate construction. The Air Max 95 ’s upper was accented with layered panels resembling that of muscle fibers and flesh; the nylon eyelets are likened to the ribs, the mesh represented the skin while the rugged midsole corresponded to the spine.

Departing from the trend that Nike has set for their Air Max running shoes, the Nike Air Max 95 Essential sneaker’s initial design was, on the onset, perceived as controversial. The Air Max 95 running shoe not only flaunted an unconventional design, but it was also the first to have a visible air forefoot unit, a black midsole, as well as a gradient gray hue, a color considered unpopular during that period.

Because of the Nike Air Max 95’s incredible features, this low-top running shoe, later on, became a hit with many colorways coming from the Nike lot after its drop. Soon enough, it was adopted in popular culture and considered a fashion staple with the silhouette using many new materials and colorways.

To date, the Nike Air Max 95 Essential running shoe turned lifestyle sneaker maintains its iconic status. Its popularity is proven by the numerous variations released for this model. The Nike Air Max 95 Essential was one of the Air Max 95 model versions that were surprisingly dropped by the Oregon-based footwear brand without warning. Stripped off of unusual materials and straying away from unneeded gimmicks, this modern Air Max 95 shoe model still managed to earn a following despite its unannounced entry.

The often monochromatic colorways of the Nike Air Max 95 Essential sneakers remain to be in demand for more than two decades since its first drop. With the growing demand for minimalist sneakers being released by many shoe companies, the Nike Air Max 95 Essential’s straightforward styling and staying true to its heritage is reaping success for the Air Max line which at the onset met with criticism but eventually won the hearts of millions of sneaker fans.

Additional Info

  • Some colorways have 3M hits on the heel and tongue for better visibility at low light.
  • The addition of a padded collar and tongue elevates the Nike Air Max 95 Essential shoes’ comfort level.
  • The “Air Max” callout on the tongue and the “Nike Air” logo on the heel and bottom sole are added for further branding.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 95
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Max, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.