Our verdict

Creep yourself into one of the most affordable Nike Air Max in the market, the Nike Air Max SC. Often dubbed as underrated, this inexpensive summer kick can quickly boost your sneaker game with its vintage profile and fresh features. Moreover, we believe that it has the right amount of cosiness for all-day fun, no-frill city strolling, or post-workout cooling down.


  • Chic
  • Adaptable style
  • Lots of colour options
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Budget-friendly


  • Narrow
  • Easily deforms

Audience verdict


Who should buy the Nike Air Max SC

This kick is a perfect match for you if:

  • you are looking for an Air Max kick with an MSRP below £90
  • you love the look of the AM1 but with a clear air bubble design
  • you want a summer-fitting, ventilated shoe 
  • you are after comfy kicks for all-day wear

Nike Air Max SC should buy

Who should NOT buy it

  • if you want a chunky heel, the Nike Air Max 1 might suit you more
  • if you opt for a colourful sole instead of a plain white one, check out the Air Max 90 

Nike Air Max SC should not buy

Nike Air Max SC: Modern comfort in a vintage track style

The Nike Air Max SC borrows a lot of features from the renowned AM 1. Its design combines timeless running-inspired details while providing modern comfort and durability. 

Nike Air Max SC intro

A sneaker for just about anything

We love the shoe's effortless flair that can work suitably as all-around footwear. 

Nike Air Max SC all rounder

Simple but definitely not boring

We love the visual appeal of the Nike Air Max SC as it looks even better in real life than in person. This snazzy all-rounder shoe flaunts a heritage track look that will give a perfect finish to your outfit.

Its upper is covered with voguish layers to add depth and a retro vibe while enhancing overall sturdiness and breathability. 

Nike Air Max SC simple

Colours come aplenty

There are more than a dozen colorways available for this model. It lands among the black, and blue options from this Swoosh label. 

It feels amazingly light

For an easy-walk experience, this AM model feels ultra-light when worn.

Nike Air Max SC air bubble

It lets you enjoy homey strides

With its classic visible Air unit cushioning and the inserted foam midsole, this model gave us an instant feel of comfort the moment our foot slid into it. And that feeling lasts all throughout the day. We think that it might be even comfier than the popular Nike Air Max 90s. 

Nike Air Max SC window

It allows the feet to breathe

Thanks to its mesh upper, the shoe is right on point for wearing during humid days or at the beach.

Nike Air Max SC breathable

Can stand wear and tear

A suitable beater, this model is designed with long-lasting materials consistent with Nike's standards.

Nike Air Max SC wear and tear

It isn't stiff or inflexible

The strategically placed flex grooves on its rubber outsole allow the feet to enjoy its natural movement, thus less strain on the heel apt for day-to-day urban adventures.

Nike Air Max SC flex grooves

It tapers towards the front 

From our experience, the shoe's forefoot feels a bit tight. Going half-a-size up may be necessary.

Nike Air Max SC tapered toe

Inevitable wrinkling around the toes

We found that the suede panel on the forefoot loses its shape quickly. If not used, we recommend stuffing the sneaker with paper or socks to avoid misshaping.

Nike Air Max SC toe

Got more bang for a few bucks

It is one of the most affordable Nike Air Maxs available in the market.

Nike Air Max SC banging