Nike Air Max 2020 Reviewed & Rated for Quality Review Facts
The Nike Air Max sneaker has been one of the most copied styles in running shoe history. Since its introduction way back in 1987, each subsequent year has brought with it a new design in the running shoe. For the past few years, the airbag outsole and midsole have been the same which means Nike has only redesigned the upper in the past few models, including the Air Max 2019. Nike’s popular Flywires, available on many of their sneakers, have been dropped in the Air Max 2019 and replaced with a single piece engineered molded mesh upper. This molded mesh gives the new model an updated look and extends from the midfoot to the rear of the sneaker. Nike’s familiar swoosh was removed from the forefoot, where it was located on the 2016 model, and placed on either side of the midfoot. Both of these larger logos are reflective, which is a bonus feature if you are running at night. The 2019 model also boasts a full sleeve within the shoe, rather than a partial sleeve with the tongue attached to the upper only halfway. This ensures a snug and comfortable fit.
With all of the upgrades to the Air Max 2019, it is not only sure to please aesthetically, but it is also sure to stand up to the well-known Nike performance standard. As mentioned earlier, the shoe is designed to be comfortable and to stay snug on the runner’s foot through its full-length inner sleeve and heel grip on the very back of the shoe. With a shallow forefoot and toe box adding to the snug fitting midsole and gripping heel support, this running shoe will most definitely stay in place throughout the duration of any run. Its outsole is completely made up of solid rubber, which makes it able to withstand long-term use. The 13mm heel to toe drop increased heel padding, and airbag running the length of the shoe gives it the ability to cushion and protect a runner on both smooth to relatively rough terrain. The blown full-length airbag in the Air Max offers a bouncy responsiveness for impact absorption as well. The grip on the bottom of the shoe isn’t really meant for trail running but is well-suited for track, treadmill, or road running.
Just like the past couple years' models, this version has a completely rubberized outsole. This makes for a highly protected sole of the foot and keeps the runner from feeling any minor changes in the terrain. Because the airbag above the outsole runs the full length of the shoe, the rubberized outsole also offers protection against puncture to this feature.
The inner sleeve of these running shoes offers an amazing fit. Because the sleeve runs the full length of the foot, it's almost as if you are putting your foot into a sneaker with a built-in squishy sock. This also means that you won't have to worry about the tongue moving around or slipping down into the shoe either. With an inner-lining that wraps around the entire foot and a redesigned heel that pushes the foot forward in the shoe, the midsole boasts a very snug and comfortable fit.
One of the major updates to the Nike Air Max 2017 model is its upper. The outsole and familiar full-length airbag resemble the past couple years' models. The molded upper gives the Air Max a streamlined look and adds a little "oomph" to the aesthetic value due to the fact that it's not just a plain old mesh upper extending from heel to toe. Being made from molded mesh makes the upper on this shoe able to hold its shape longer than a non-molded mesh shoe, such as a minimalist
Contrary to it's "airy" name, this sneaker weighs in a little heavier than many running shoes. Coming in at around 13 oz. per shoe it might feel a tad too heavy for some runners
Because of it's molded mesh upper, this sneaker offers comfort, support, and breathability. Although it may not be as breathable as some minimalist running shoes, it is certainly made to help your hard-working feet feel some air flow, especially through the non-molded mesh portion of the forefoot.
With the snug-fitting inner lining, cushioned heel and it's springy midsole, the Air Max proves to be a super comfy shoe. Even though the outsole isn't very flexible, the soft and supportive upper of the shoe makes up for that in comfort.
The Air Max is a coveted sneaker design in the shoe world, with many competitors trying to imitate its style. This model has been around for over three decades, updating the design each and every year to make it relevant to current trends. With its sleek design and wide array of color options, this is a sneaker that can be worn every day and not just on the running route.
Let's face it, sometimes running shoe color choices can be pretty drab. Well, that's certainly not the case with this one. Both the men's and women's versions of this shoe
offer a wide variety of color choices ranging from plain old all white to flashy fuchsia with a bright orange outsole.
The soft rubber outsole and Flymesh upper of this shoe are meant to be breathable and lightweight and therefore, don't provide a huge amount of protection or durability. These shoes should be used on the appropriate terrains in order to keep their longevity. If these shoes were to be worn on the trails they would be very susceptible to holes and taring from the elements. If these shoes are worn in their intended environments, they should last for miles and miles. Reviewers had no major complaints about the durability of these shoes.
The main focus of this shoe is its distinguishable airbag. This feature isn't only there for looks, it offers shock absorption as well being that it is an actual bag of air on your feet. The heel within the shoe offers more cushioning
in the 2017 model than previous models as well which also adds to a higher level of shock absorption, protecting your joints.
Speaking of a redesigned heel, the 2017 version offers an excellent heel grip that not only keeps your foot in the shoe but also works as a tool to push your foot forward within the sneaker. This gives the runner a more secure fit because of the shoe's grip to the foot in such a way as to not leave any room for slipping. Another great thing about the heel on this shoe is that its heel collar is generously cushioned, offering protection against blisters
Another important key feature when it comes to safety: a larger amount of reflectivity
than previous models. Both sides of the sneaker's midsole boast a rather large Nike swoosh logo made up entirely of reflective material. This is super helpful for running in dark or low light conditions.
The defining feature in this running shoe is obviously its air midsole and that is precisely what defines its responsiveness level. The Air Max 2017 has a full-length air midsole that gives you an excellent bouncy feel when your heel leaves the ground. The air in the Air Max is intended to propel you forward on your runs.
The lightweight cushioned foam in the midsole of these shoes provides a decent amount of cushioning that is mostly intended for comfort over support. The inner-lining that wraps around the entire foot, however, does provide a bit of support by keeping the foot securely in place. Don't expect a shoe that helps with major pronation issues or plantar fasciitis. This shoe is comfortable for the average neutral runner.
Although this sneaker has a fully rubberized outsole, it doesn't have a huge grip on the bottom like some trail-running shoes have. With it's minimal waffle-designed outsole, the Nike Air Max 2017 is best suited for road, sidewalk, treadmill, or track running.
Along with a well-known brand typically comes a heftier price tag and the Nike Air Max 2017 is no exception. Although a decent pair of running shoes will often dig a little deep into your wallet, these, in particular, may just dig a little deeper. With that said, many faithful Air Max wearers will admit to you that the price is totally worth the quality.
The outsole of the Nike Air Max 2017 is designed with a waffle pattern to increase traction on a variety of surfaces. These surfaces include tracks, treadmills, and sidewalks. Although the soft rubber is great for these kinds of terrains, it is not suited for rough surfaces so the traction won't hold up well on a trail.
Because of the Flymesh upper, this shoe strikes a decent balance between flexibility and support. The flex grooves in the forefoot help the Nike Air Max 2017 move with the foot and balance out the rigidity that may be caused by the foam cushioning in the midsole.
In the stability department
, this sneaker loses a couple of points. Although the airbag midsole offers a springy responsiveness to the shoe, because of this design, side stability is a little shaky. In other words, because there is a big layer of air between the upper and the outsole, it takes away from the right and left stability so if you tend to over-pronate, meaning your foot rolls inward when you run or if you under-pronate, meaning your foot rolls more outward, then the lack of stability in the midsole isn't going to help you any.
The Air Max has a relatively large drop and isn't designed to be a minimalist running shoe. At 13mm, this shoe is more ideal for heel strikers.
- Highly protective rubberized outsole
- Flymesh upper provides breathability and support
- Full-length air midsole for a bouncy feel
- Lightweight cushioning
- Stylish classic Nike design
- Multiple colorways to choose from
When it comes down to it, the Nike Air Max 2017 is a beautifully stylish and well-designed sneaker from a reputable company. It is designed to fit your foot like a glove and ensure that it won't move even a millimeter inside of it and offers a bouncy response that will add some spring to your step. The outsole and molded upper give the shoe a great chance at being a longtime closet companion as well. An excellent feature on this shoe is the large Nike swoosh logos on either side of the midsole, giving you a safer running experience if you are headed out to hit the pavement in low light conditions.
However, as far as an excellent overall running shoe option goes, the Air Max falls a little short in the running shoe technologies department. Running sneakers have greatly evolved over the past decade or so and are moving in the minimalist shoe direction which allows for the foot to perform more naturally within the shoe. The Air Max is nowhere close to a minimalist shoe with its heavyweight, stiffer outsole, and large drop. With that said, that doesn't mean this isn't a good running shoe option for you especially if you tend to be more of a heel striker and don't mind a heavier pair of shoes on your feet. One thing is for certain though: whether you buy these shoes for running on the road or running to the store, you'll sure look good doing it.