Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of customers have expressed delight at the comfort they have felt while wearing the Air Max 95 PRM.
  • Most users have complimented the soft cushioning of the Air Max units not only on the heel but also on the forefoot.
  • A good number of wearers use the lightweight Nike Air Max 95 Premium for exercise and indoor running.
  • Lightweight materials are used in the trainers made them ideal for daily wear according to some users.
  • Premium leather materials that are used on the upper give it a luxurious feel.
  • A good number of commenters have noted the midsole has been very supportive, stable, and durable in providing cushioning.
  • A lot of critics have praised the flexibility brought about by the flex grooves in the classic waffle outsole.
  • Some observers say the premium materials are a great addition to the revered Air Max line but the heritage and the quality of the line have remained the same throughout the years.
  • Full-length air sole units in the front and heel have provided ample impact protection according to claims of many customers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users find this model of Nike shoes narrow.
  • A few customers find the silhouette too chunky compared to other Air Max designs.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max 95 Premium does not disappoint its fans. The promised durability and comfort of the 1990s running shoe, the swagger of its full-length midsole and waffle outsole, and the fine detailing and premium materials of this popular Air Max shoes are all held together and sustained by the outstanding craftsmanship and design by Nike designers.

This reimagined look of the classic sneakers is a luxurious take on the classic shoe that has not swayed from the original design and heritage of the favorite running sneakers of the mid-1990s.

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Good to know

As in most releases from the Air Max line, the Air Max 95 Premium has remained consistent when it comes to sizing. The Nike Air Max 95 features a unique lacing system that includes nylon eye stays to secure the foot in place. It is available in men’s and women’s sizing.

Since its first release, the Nike Air Max 95 has already captured the hearts of those who wanted a sneaker that strays away from the aesthetics of running shoes. The shoe first has captured the hearts of the youth patronizing the music culture across the globe from London to New York.

In terms of style, the same generation has been patronizing the style of the Air Max 95 some 20 years after it was released. With new materials being introduced including premium leather and amazing colorways that have moved away from the neon yellow color to more mature tones such as black, pink, purple, blue among other amazing colorways.

The Air Max Premium line among the popular colors includes midnight fog, baby pink, smokey blue, light bone, and purple smoke among other favorites of its most avid followers.

The iconic Nike Air Max 95 has reached its status because it has elevated air cushioning from the usual. While the first release of the Nike Air Max only focused on visibly displaying the air sole unit at the heel back, Nike designer Sergio Lozano further displayed the air sole at the forefront promising a well-cushioned midsole.

The air sole unit, aside from providing a softer and well-cushioned comfort, also promises better shock absorption and a bouncier feel to the foot. The air sole is further supported by a full-length polyurethane midsole that promises outstanding durability, stability, and added cushioning.

Tinker Hatfield, a veteran shoe designer and the same creative genius behind the popular Air Jordan models and Huarache line, created the first Air Max in 1987.

Displaying the air cushioning technology with an air bubble visible in the back sole was a provocative idea at the time in the late 1980s when designers would have wanted it hidden and smaller for fear that it gets punctured or makes the shoe’s transparent bottom look structurally weak.

From then on, Nike Air Max moved forward successfully for more than 30 years later releasing some of the most popular shoe designs from the brand.               

Among the Air Max releases that have successfully gained attention was Air Max 95.

The designer behind Air Max 95 was Sergio Lozano, the same creative genius behind other notable Nike shoe releases that included the Shox design, ACG Air Mada, and the Air Max 2003.

Design inspiration for the Air Max 95 came from Lozano picturing out the process of erosion with the earlier sketches of the shoe containing striations that are commonly found in the walls of the Grand Canyon.

He further raised the level of design by introducing a visible air sole unit at the forefoot for maximum cushioning. Another noticeable identity of the Air Max 95 is the neon yellow colorway that helps it become visible when running in the rain or at night.

Further working on things that seem to be unconventional at that time was the introduction of a black outsole with neon yellow accents when a white outsole was the preferred choice all throughout the 1990s. He also worked on a gray colorway that seems to lighten upwards emphasizing the areas that would often get muddied or dirty when running in the rain.

Soon, after months of piecing together each part, the prototype of the first Air Max 95 is capped with the placement of a small Swoosh logo detailing on the upper back. From its release and upon reaching its production stage the Air Max 95 instantly become a hit with its original $140 price and soon helped Nike Running reclaim its spot as a crowd drawer for the brand which has for years been sidelined by Nike basketball releases.  

Now, more than 20 years since it was first released, the Air Max 95 has continued to release exciting colorways as a vintage running shoe that has shifted into a popular lifestyle sneaker for the brand. It became an instant reseller favorite and soon was released again a few years later due to high demand.

  • Reflective detailing at the heel is added for improved visibility during evening runs.
  • Synthetic leather overlays are provided for support and durability while the outsole's flex grooves enhance flexibility offering smooth transitions.
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU shank enhances arch support and provides footwear stability.
  • Celebrities who earlier embraced the Nike Air Max 95 style include Lil Kim, Eminem, and Warren G.
  • Other stars who have recently worn Air Max 95 premium include basketball star LeBron James, hip-hop stars T.I., Joe Budden, Jim Jones, Drake, Zayn Malik.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.