Verdict from 25 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: The Nike Tailwind 79 SE is loved by many because it’s comfortable to wear throughout the day.  
  • Durable: Quite a lot are amazed by its well-constructed suede and textile upper. 
  • Lightweight: Despite the overlays and padding, lots of buyers say it isn’t heavy at all.
  • Cushioned: A good sum of buyers appreciate the shock-absorbing unit under the foot.
  • Decent price: Plenty of reviewers charmed by its throwback look say it's affordable.
  • Sleek: As described by several satisfied purchasers, its leather material doesn’t easily crease.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Roomy: A couple of wearers describe that it’s wide and their heel slips.
  • Shabby: At least one buyer notice that the suede accents aren’t as fuzzy as presented in photos.


Bottom line

Think of chic vintage Nike sneakers injected with an impact-absorbing sole, and you’ve got the Air Tailwind 79 SE. It may not be anywhere near the more advanced and hip Air Max family with visible Air cushioning, but it got all the basics covered. It’s a fusion of comfort and style with oodles of throwback charm, which you can snag for a very low price. 

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Nike Air Tailwind 79 SE: A comfy take on the classic racing icon

Paying homage to the first-ever Swoosh running shoe from the 70s with a revolutionized Air cushioning technology, Nike reintroduces the Air Tailwind 79 in a modified form. Nike Air Tailwind SE is one of the retro sneakers from the brand that embraces an old school style using suede accents at the forefoot and heel. This heritage silhouette didn’t miss out on the waffle outsole tread pattern, another patented design by Nike

Trails of the Air Tailwind 79

Air Max 1 wasn’t the first shoe with the proprietary Air Sole. It was the Air Tailwind. Since its debut at the 1978 Honolulu Marathon and mass production a year after, the Air Tailwind 79 has been winning the hearts of Nike devotees. Time and again, this kick hasn’t lost its appeal, gaining a wider audience among vintage-savvy sneakerheads. 

From its comeback in 2012, the Air Tailwind 79 became one of the much sought-after styles under Nike’s retro sneaker collection. Like the Air Tailwind 79 SE, modified iterations maintain the classic styling, featuring the waffle rubber outsole pattern, exposed foam on the tongue, and vintage-styled Nike logos. These components are fused using colors and materials such as denim and suede or nylon and leather. 

Why snag this retro sneaker?

  • has a punch of vintage flair that resembles the heritage silhouette
  • mimicks the original waffle-looking outsole that grips on different surfaces and reduces sudden slips
  • built with a cushy Nike Air in the sole that buffers the foot from impact
  • everything is light and comfy, making it suitable for all-day use


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