Who should buy the Nike Air Tailwind 79

The Nike Air Tailwind 79 is for users who:

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Who should NOT buy it

A wide foot-friendly sneaker, the Nike Air Tailwind 79 is not for narrow feet users. This sneaker might feel uncomfortable as it might fit loose unless you wear it with thick socks. As alternative options, better check out other popular sneakers known for their narrow fits, such as Nike Air Max 90 or New Balance 327. Also, you may visit our comprehensive guide pages to further help you pick the best footwear for you. 

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Nike Air Tailwind 79: From tracks to the city streets 

The Nike Air Tailwind 79 is the first in Nike's lineup that offers Air cushioning. This model is the antecedent of the Air max lineage, which has released countless spin-offs since it was unveiled to the public. This affordable sneaker will let you cruise the streets in style and comfort without worrying about its durability.

Nike Air Tailwind 79 Nike Swoosh

It will make you feel comfortable for hours!

The Nike Air Tailwind 79 offers a superb amount of comfort that will make your city strolling chill and comfy. It is lined with a soft lining that has been inserted with ample cushioning to keep your feet protected from bumps and shocks. Also, found underfoot is the popular Air cushioning that will let you enjoy a bouncy ride on and off the city tracks. 

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Authentic throwback style

This sneaker boasts its highly significant waffle outsole, which was initially introduced in running footwear. Buyers enjoy its suede overlays which were kept as close to its original construction to give a real vintage vibe. Another promising feature is its sides that are emblazoned with huge Nike Swoosh, giving a nod to the classic Nike running footwear. 

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Keeps your feet secured all the time

This model boasts its heel cap that supports and keeps the heel in place, which will keep you from worrying about slipping your feet out.

Consistent with Nike's craftsmanship

Although molded from the '70s running footwear, this model boasts its premium make that will let you enjoy it for a longer period of time. The suede and mesh upper offer reliable durability, while its rubber outsole offers traction on any kind of surface. 

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Birth of the Nike Air Tailwind

The Tailwind debuted during the Honolulu Marathon in 1978 and was released in copious amounts to the public a year after. From then on, numerous models were patterned with the Air-sole technology, which even created sub franchises like the Air Max.

To honor the pinnacle model which started it all, the Oregon-based brand re-introduces the coveted sneaker to the world in the name of Nike Air Tailwind 79. The rebirth stayed close to the original model as much as possible, from the textile underlays to the shape and waffle outsole.

The 2018 reappearance was not the first attempt to give the sneaker another life. The earliest of efforts were witnessed in 2012 in a grey and red combo as well as one in an Obsidian colorway. A couple of years after, the Tailwind was revamped again into a violet force and anthracite.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Waffle
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Gum Sole, EVA / Fabric
Technology: Air Cushion

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