Who should buy the Nike Air Max Goadome

Wearing the Air Max Goadome blurs the line between fun city traversals and mild hikes in short bursts. If you're enamored by it, then you must be:

  • Very interested in projecting that semi-backcountry look.
  • Someone who requires extra footing security, especially in inclement weather.
  • Needing a sneaker that can beat the odds when temperatures drop.

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Who should NOT buy it

A humble price tag the Air Max Goadome doesn't have. If you want a similar boot from Nike that doesn't break the bank, check out the non-waterproof Manoa. Also, consider the ACG Air Mowabb if you prefer a boot with a lower-profile sole unit.

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Supreme comfort that lasts

According to many reviewers, the Nike Air Max Goadome is a comfortable shoe. Police officers and delivery drivers among them also swear by its enduring plushness, which is ideal for all-day walking and driving.  

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Nike Air Max Goadome: Your mini campfire

People say that the shoe feels warm, with one of them adding that the shoe feels thick enough for the bitter Chicago cold.

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The Air Max Goadome's spot-on width

Consumers feel that the Air Max Goadome's fit is just right—no lift nor air pockets anywhere around the midfoot and heel.

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And it's close to bombproof

Testers say that the sneaker is very durable and can take much abuse even from concrete floors and asphalt ground.

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Behind a lofty price tag

A buyer said the shoe is more expensive than other outdoorsy boots.

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The Air Max Goadome's impermeable shell

Getting your tootsies wet in light to moderate rains is highly unlikely in the Air Max Goadome's waterproof confines.

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Slip-free excursions

Users say that the shoe provides excellent traction on all surfaces, whether wet or dry. One of them also swears by its no-squeak quality on gym floors and the like.

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Blocky underfoot

One tall user says the shoe has a very thick sole that makes him look even taller and awkward.

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The AM Goadome in time

The Nike Air Max Goadome was released ten years ago, in 2007. It’s an All Condition Gear (ACG) shoe that is durable enough for use in the great outdoors but is specially designed for city people. Carl Blakeslee, the original designer of the Goadome, was inspired to take a heritage Nike sneaker design and make it work on an athletic boot. The boot Carl had in mind would fit like a sneaker, be light enough to run in, and must look stylish.

The shoe was first embraced by DC and Baltimore people but soon after gained a steady following in a lot of other cities. The shoe became a big hit amongst delivery and construction workers, police officers, security guards, and people from other industries who tend to be on their feet all day, thanks to the boot's superior comfort.

The Air Max Goadome has been a staple Nike hiking footwear for many since its first release. In the first year, a trio of colorways became available for the shoe: black, brown/orange, and beige. For 2012, Nike released a suede version with velvet brown/velvet brown-black and black/black-university red colorways. Nike released the shoe yet again in an all-white colorway in time for the winter of 2015.

2016 saw the all-white and all-black colorways being reissued as well as a new burgundy suede iteration. In 2017—in time for the fall/winter season—two other colorways were launched: golden beige and a black version exclusively for women.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Sneakerboots
Top: High
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Acg, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA, Nubuck, Suede
Technology: Air Cushion

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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.