Verdict from 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: Aside from the magical suspension from its air sole, the Nike Air Max 96 II is padded all over. Hardcore Air Max fans label it as “super comfortable.” 
  • Adequate toe room: No squishing of toes in this shoe. Sneaker buffs say there's "sufficient space at the forefoot for the toes to splay." 
  • Reflective: Hits of 3M strips around the shoe make it appealing for sneakerheads. This sneaker is a "head-turner even at night."
  • Nostalgic: Air Max purists are drawn to this style better than the Air Max 96 II XX. AM96 II’s silhouette is "a reminder of the mid-90s OG running shoe." 
  • Stylish: It’s one of the dad shoes with a busy design, ironically giving out a disarming charm. 
  • Flexible: It flexes well after walking in this shoe for a reasonable amount of time.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Expensive: Pricier than other comeback Air Max styles.
  • Dirt trap: Its layers of white synthetics get dirty quickly.
  • Thin layers: The upper isn’t made of premium leather and suede. 

Bottom line

Nike Air Max 96 II hits the core of true-blue Air Max collectors and devoted ‘90s souls. While it’s among the retro sneakers with a remastered top, it’s the closest you can get among today’s Air Maxes that brag the ‘90s flair. AM96 Round II doesn't come in premium packaging, too, but it's far from looking cheap either as it offers unquestionable comfort and durability. 

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Flaunt the authentic '90s spirit with the Nike Air Max 96 II

Are you a diehard Air Max fan heading towards the chunky or dad shoe lane? Nike’s twice retroed Air Max 96 might give you the style satisfaction you’re craving for. From the original Sergio Lozano design, the AM96 received its first retro spin with the Air Max 96 II XX, dropped in 2016 on the shoe’s 25th anniversary. Nike remastered the shoe by replacing its underside with the Nike Air Max Plus' sole

The underrated Lozano masterpiece gets another retrospective makeover, this time with a noticeably bulkier heel but slimmer air bubble. Nike Air Max 96 II is a genuine dad shoe, a bait for those who love anything and everything with a '90s vibe. Aside from the OG Goldenrod, which is an addition to the bed of yellow sneakers in the market, this shoe is also available in Comet Red. Both colorways mirror the era of oversized shirts (and pants!), loose-fitting shirts, and bombastic graphics, no less, the 1990s.

What makes it a dope retro?

  • Air cushioning that's fused into the heel and forefoot may not be pillowy, but it delivers shock absorption and optimum comfort.
  • This shoe gives the nod to its roots, a piece of welcome news for the Air Max purists, as it utilizes the outsole last and midsole of the original shoe for a more mid-1990s flair.
  • It comes with a modified upper that incorporates more mesh against a series of flashy white synthetic leather overlays for upbeat styling.
  • This throwback shoe is waving to the younger generation with a design that comes close to the newer breeds like the Vapormax Plus and Air Vapormax EVO


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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.