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The Nike Air Unlimited has a four-strap system with hook and loop closure to lock down the foot.  It features a neoprene sockliner for a dependable fit and for an enhanced support. The lace-up closure adds secure fit while the pull loop found at the heel aids the wearers in putting on this pair. It is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium width. Men can choose from sizes 6 to 15 while women have sizes in medium width.

Inspired from basketball kicks, the high-top Nike Air Unlimited is made with premium leather and synthetic leather upper which adds to the plush look of this casual shoe. The high-cut profile with several straps contributes to the athletic look of this pair. Meanwhile, perforations on the toebox contribute to the ventilation of this pair for an all-day use.

Most users sport their Nike Air Unlimited with their baggy pants, shorts or even with their active wear. Some wearers suggest wearing this during the cold days with their sweatpants and hoodie sweaters.

Many buyers shared that they get are attracted in buying the Nike Air Unlimited because of its retro silhouette. Some disclosed that this pair reminds them of their younger years while watching Grant Hill play on the hard court. Aside from that, many buyers noted about the straps found on the ankle and midfoot.  These straps provide an optimum fastened fit and at the same time adds flair to this lifestyle sneaker.

Frank Rudy, an aerospace engineer first conceptualized the air-infused cushioning system called the Nike Air.  The Swoosh launched the Nike Air Tailwind in 1979 featuring the radical concept of Rudy. Soon after, this technology was infused to the other shoe models. The first basketball shoe that used the Nike Air tech is the Nike Air Force 1.  Meanwhile, the Nike Air Trainer was the first multi-purpose athletic trainer that features Air technology.

First launched in 1994, the Nike Air Unlimited was first released as the big men’s performance basketball shoe. It was seen worn by NBA stars David Robinson, Chris Webber, and Grant Hill. The Nike Air Unlimited features qualities from the Nike Air Flight Huarache and Nike Air Carnivore - high-top neoprene cleatie with the dual strapped leather shell.

In 2016, Nike Air Unlimited returned to the market. NikeLab even helped in overhauling this classic pair to let the younger generations get to know this classic pair more.  Nike revamped the silhouette which helped it turn into more of a lifestyle-ready sneaker.

Nike Air Unlimited has a neoprene ankle wrap with a Velcro strap, Velcro heel locking strap, and overlay strap running across the top of the shoe. The midsole has an Air cushioning unit and herringbone-patterned outsole.

  • The Nike Air Unlimited was seen worn by “The Admiral” David Robinson during his 71-point game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Admiral was also seen wearing the Air Unlimited during the rare Quadruple-Double during that season.
  • The original release in 1994, the box came with an instruction booklet on how to strap in the foot.
  • It has the injected Phylon in the midsole with an Air-Sole unit to provide superb cushioning.
  • It has TPU in the heel to add stability and support.
  • The comfortable neoprene cleatie construction of this shoe delivers a snug fit.


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