This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
The Air Max has been around for nearly 15 years, and has made no bones about shifting from being a shoe for real runners who wanted maximum shock absorption, to an almost purely fashion model. But now, while it will still sell mainly on the high street, its more functional for runners than ever before.
Nike has found a way to incorporate a huge tubular Air platform in the rearfoot (the four tubes protrude from both sides of the midsole) without making it bulky and overdesigned. Equally importantly, for the first time in a decade, a Max shoe has a footbridge across the medial side for added stability. Theres also more foam on the medial side for better stability.
The forefoot is beautifully engineered. It has a huge forefoot Air bag with a flex groove across a clear urethane outsole with carbon waffles in the centre for durability, good flexibility and traction. Not surprisingly, wear testers who wore prior Max shoes were surprised by its lightness, smoothness and overall upper comfort.
The Max has always been a big part of Nikes line, but it was either too bulky or not stable enough for many core runners. Forget that. This completely redesigned Max has all the makings of a classic.
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Nike Air Max (£120); Reebok Fusion C (£100)
; Nike Air Pegasus (£60)