Size and fit

The low-top Premium Air Max Axis is made up of a breathable mesh upper with faux overlays in a sleek and modern interpretation.  Like the earlier models, this revamped one features the traditional closure system with adjustable laces and synthetic straps for a lockdown fit.

While it fits true to size, this lifestyle pair may run narrower than expected.

Nike Air Max Axis Premium Style

Get the throwback feel of the fan-favorite Nike Air Max 97 and groundbreaking AM98 via a remodeled crossbreed iteration, the AM Axis Premium. The distinct elements of the iconic style, such as perforated lines on the side walls, a rain of small Swoosh label all over the shoe, with the addition of “AIR” and “MAX” wording on the lace hoops, plus a reshaped tongue make this style a retro charmer.

This premium offering gives a nice punch to your typical day-to-day activewear done in exciting camo printed options like black/light bone and black/mushroom and speckled midsole designs in orange/white and black/grey colorways.

Notable Features

The AM Axis Premium is a comeback style of the signature 1990s Air Max models, spun with cutting-edge features for a minimalist, straightforward, and lightweight composition. Among the distinct elements found in this hybrid Air Max model are the no-sew mesh cover highlighted by featherweight synthetic overlays and the visible Air-Sole bladder on the heel for enhanced cushioning.

Nike Air Max Axis Premium History

Nike welcomed the first quarter of 2018 with modified interpretations of some of the iconic models from its Air Max lineage. After dropping the Air Max 90 EZ, a lightweight and breathable knitted makeover of the Air Max 90, the Swoosh brand put out a hybrid version of the Air Max 97 and Air Max 98 tagged as the Nike Air Max Axis.

To mimic the different tiers on the initial design, Nike used synthetic overlays on the low-top Air Max Axis for a minimalistic reinterpretation and to keep its weight down. Midway of the same year, Nike introduced an upgraded iteration of such mashup style, called the Air Max Axis Premium, which is garbed with a seamless mesh that’s also meant to deliver breathability.

The inspirational cues for the low-top Nike Air Max Axis are the two consecutive Air Max models, specifically the Christian Tresser-designed Nike Air Max 97 and the Sergio Lozano signature model, the Nike Air Max 98.

The AM97 was Nike’s first attempt to have an entire midsole incorporated with the proprietary Air-Sole unit. The pressurized Airbag on the midsole was made to provide durable cushioning for the whole foot. The AM98 wasn’t as popular as its successor, but it is recalled as one of the most comfortable running shoes in the market at the time of its launch that was perfect for short-mileage running.

Additional Info

  • Its reasonably padded tongue and collar deliver enhanced comfort.
  • The Max Air bladder on the heel affords responsive cushioning.
  • The foam material that makes up the midsole and outsole offers lightweight comfort.
  • This Nike Air Max Axis Premium’s tension-relieving sockliner is moderately cushioned.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max Axis
Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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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.