Nike Air Max Grigora

8.3
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The Nike Air Max Grigora has been inspired by an earlier Air Max model: The Nike Air Mad Max from 1996. This shoe offers athletes an affordable cross trainer that is designed to look great and perform a variety of cross-training activities including running. Nike is known for their ability to combine style and function and the Air Max Grigora is another example of their ability to do so. The shoe is designed as a warm weather shoe that will keep athletes warm during the winter months. There is no reason to miss a workout because of the cold anymore. The outsole of the shoe adds extra durability and traction, making this a good choice for wet and slippery conditions. In addition to the shoe’s streamlined stylish look, fans of the Air Max unit in the midsole will appreciate that addition to the shoe. This shoe features a combination of brand new technology and Nike’s tried and true engineering. Overall, runners appreciate the comfort and support offered in this shoe, even individuals who spend a majority of their day on their feet loved the cushioning provided by these shoes.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Stylish

Affordable

Great for the winter months

Absorbs shock

Cons

Muted colors

Not designed for long training runs

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is designed to be worn as both an everyday cross trainer and for when the weather is not cooperating and the athlete needs a little more traction and grip than usual. This shoe is designed using a blade-like design that creates added grip to the underfoot. Runners reported that even on slick surfaces, they felt protected due to the outsole design of this shoe. Additionally, the durable rubber material used adds protection against the road and everyday wear and tear that can lower the lifespan of a good pair of cross trainers. This outsole makes this shoes multifaceted and able to perform in the gym, on the roads, or on groomed trails.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The stand out features of this shoe is the Air Max unit in the midsole. This is a signature feature of Nike’s Air Max line, and this element has been inserted into many cutting-edge shoes over the years. Not only does the Air Max midsole unit provide the shoe with a unique and stylish look, it also does an excellent job of adding all-day comfort to the shoe. The Air Max Unit absorbs the shock of each footfall and many runners commented that this is a great option for those who spend long hours on the feet each day. The lightweight IP midsole unit provides the right amount of cushioning for someone who is looking for a cushioned ride but doesn’t want an overly plush feeling like a Hoka One One. The midsole has a traditional fit and feel and shouldn’t be sought after by those looking for a minimalist or zero drop running or training shoe.

Upper
Upper

Upper

This shoe has a unique ability to not only keep the runner's foot warm and protected from the cold and other difficult weather but is it also designed to allow air to enter the shoe and circulate around the foot as well. The upper of this shoe is designed with a woven fabric material that creates a bootie-like fit and feel. This material is flexible and makes it possible to slip the shoe on and off without the need to tie and untie each time.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This is a lighter weight shoe, but runners should remember that the patented Air Max unit does add a few ounces that other shoes do not have to contend with. This shoe provides more of a stable, supportive fit and feel, so runners who are looking for a true minimalist, lightweight running shoe will not find what they are looking for in this shoe. Additionally, the added material in the interior of the shoe that is designed to keep the runner warm and comfortable adds a few extra ounces as well.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This upper material is lightweight and breathable and allows air to enter and exit the shoe. This keeps the foot warm but protects it from overheating. Even though Nike has considered ventilation in this shoe, it is not suggested for the warmest days due to the added fleece fabric lining. This is a shoe best suited for cold climates or cold weather running and training.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Runners raved about the comfort of this shoe. One of the key comfort features is the fleece fabric liner. This helps keep feet cozy and comfortable even in the coldest conditions. Additionally, the Air Max midsole unit does a great job of absorbing shock and providing a cushioned base for runners. This shoe is a great option for those on their feet for long hours. The upper is made from a woven fabric that creates a snug, bootie-like fit. Runners can slide the shoe on and off effortlessly.
Style
Style

Style

Nike does an excellent job of combining style and function, and the Air Max Grigora is no exception to this rule. The color palette offered in this shoe is muted and is not offered in the bright vibrant colors that some other Nike designs come in. However, the muted colors, blacks, greys, browns, and whites, are arranged in a unique, fashionable way that makes these a great choice as an accessory to go along with your everyday outfits as well as your most stylish gym attire.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of this shoe is designed to take a beating while continuing to protect runners from the elements. The outsole is made from a tough, durable rubber material that is manufactured with a bladed lug design. Additionally, there is a neoprene trim around the base of the shoe that helps to keep water from entering the shoe and damaging the material.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The most protective element about this shoe is that it protects the runner from undesirable cold and wet weather. The interior of the shoe is designed using a fuzzy fleece lining that is used to keep the runner warm even in the coldest weather conditions. Additionally, the treaded rubber outsole helps to add extra grip and traction to keep runners upright while training on slippery roadways or trails. The Neoprene trim that tracks the outline of the shoe is water resistant and helps to keep moisture away from the foot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This shoe is a mid weight shoe with a moderate amount of cushioning. Runners reported that in general, the Nike Air Max Midsole Unit does a great job of responding to changes in movement and speed. This unit is designed to absorb shock and return that energy to the runner to protect against fatigue and injury. Runners found that the Air Max Unit is very responsive and moves effortlessly with the runner.
Support
Support

Support

Runners were pleased with the level of support that the Air Max Grigora provided. The Air Max midsole Unit is designed to provide a solid base for runners. This design helps to keep the foot in place and reduces the risk of unwanted side to side movement. Additionally, the snug bootie construct and the woven mesh fabric of the upper create a snug fit. These details help to support the runner, and overall, runners found this shoe to be a great option for those who spend long hours standing during the day.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is designed to be worn in a variety of ways. For starters, runners loved this shoe for easy, low mileage runs on the road or the treadmill or the track. This is also a great shoe for cross training and weight training and runners found it to be a great gym buddy. Although this shoe is not explicitly designed for the trail, the blade like the design of the outsole provides added grip and traction for the runner, making it a good choice for groomed trails.
Price
Price

Price

This is a reasonably priced cross trainer. Especially considering this shoe includes the patented Air Max unit in the midsole, the price is low enough for nearly all runners to afford. This model allows runners to get the benefits of the signature Air Max Unit without paying the higher price of some of the other Nike Air Max models.

Traction
Traction

Traction

Although this shoe isn’t specifically designed to be a trail running shoe, the added traction and grip that is built into the engineering of the outsole makes it possible for runners to traverse groomed or relatively modest trails. The rubberized outsole is made of a treaded, blade like design that not only attaches to the ground below but helps to propel the runner forward.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Nike Air Max midsole unit is not known for its flexibility. This is a shoe that is better suited for support and stability rather than a midsole and outsole that move and bend with the natural movement of the foot. However, the upper of this shoe offers a higher level of flexibility than the midsole. The upper is made from a ballistic mesh that is woven to create a bootie like fit. It slides on and off easily without the need to tie and untie the shoe. This material molds to the shape of the foot to create a snug and supportive fit.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although this shoe is technically a neutral running shoe, it does provide some light support that will help to keep the foot aligned and prevent it from rolling inward. The upper is designed with seamless synthetic overlays that help to keep the foot in position without sacrificing flexibility and comfort. This shoe is not suggested for a runner who is looking to completely change their gait cycle, but it could work for someone who is looking for some basic over pronation assistance.

Drop
Drop

Drop

Runners who are used to running and training in a classic drop shoe of ten millimeters won’t have any problem adjusting to these shoes. Runners commented that there is virtually no break-in period needed. These shoes are not suggested for the runner who is looking for a barefoot running experience.

Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Air Max Midsole Unit
- Internal fuzzy fleece lining
- Seamless synthetic overlays along the upper
- Classic lace up closure
- Bootie like fit for easy on and off
- Neoprene trim along the outsole helps these shoes stay water resistant
- Woven fabric upper for added flexibility
- Treaded rubber outsole
- Nylon webbing along the upper
- Stylish design features
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nike Air Max Grigora is a shoe that allows runners to experience the signature Air Max midsole unit without the higher price tag that comes with some of Nike’s newer models. The shoe is designed to absorb the shock of each foot fall, making it a good choice for runners who are on their feet all day, or for the runner who is looking for added support. The shoe is stylish and comes in a variety of different muted styles that create a stylish look at the gym or as part of a casual outfit. The shoe is a great choice for light running, cross training, or all day, any day wearing. The price of this shoe is more than reasonable, and runners were surprised at how durable and high quality these shoes were, considering their lowered price tag.