If there was ever a shoe to define the image of a company, the Nike Air Max would be Nike’s choice. Ever since its inception, it has combined striking visuals with air bag technology, utilizing air in the heel of the shoe to deliver a ride that is smooth and corresponds well to the force you exert as a runner through your strike and natural gait. This particular incarnation of the Nike Air Max, the 2015 model sees some small reworkings from the 2014 model, but by and large, it is the same technologies utilized throughout the sole and heel of the shoe. Whether that is a good thing or not depends upon your experience with prior Air Max generations.
The image one attaches to the Nike Air Max 2015 is one that has been typical throughout the shoe’s lifespan. You get a shoe that looks well balanced, especially at the rear as the heel is a little less high than competing products whilst the front looks sleek like it will pierce whatever it runs through. The usage of fine materials in the overlays and lateral sides of the shoe also contribute to this look. The color schemes themselves are bold, much like the rest of the Nike range but the majority of them work well together.
The mesh overlay is fused together to give you as a user much more foot room and this also helps with the sleek overall look of the shoe. The distance between the holes in the overlay vary greatly from the bottom to the top of the shoe, but this does mean that you get an airy shoe with good breathability at all times which is only a bonus. The structure of the upper, reinforced with more mesh and overlays also looks good and provides a good structure for the foot, ensuring that there is no tight pinch when undergoing the strike pattern.
The insole is an area that remains virtually unchanged, but this is a good thing. The Nike Air Max 2015 does not have the best cushioning abilities (this will be discussed later) and the insole makes up for this by having a very pleasant to the touch dual overlay that conforms to your foot well and has good rubber bandedness when displacing your strike force. The rest of the insole is anatomically correct to a variety of foot sizes and the fit was snug but pleasant.
This is where the brand name comes from. Typically, throughout the first incarnation of the Nike Air Max users would frequently report their air bag cushioning bursting and the rubber reinforced sole is carried over onto this brand as well. The air bag is incredibly tightly sprung and only responds when significant force is displayed through the shoe during the strike pattern, which can lead to an uncomfortable ride.
The outsole of the shoe remains stiff to aid traction but is once again not especially comfortable, as cushioning has been spread over a wider area with the Nike Air Max 2015 as opposed to in localized areas. The transition throughout the shoe does fare much better, however, thanks to the equality in terms of stiffness and give between the different parts of the shoe and flexibility is good thanks to the deep grooves cut at the forefront of the shoe.
As previously mentioned, cushioning throughout the Nike Air Max 2015 is largely poor thanks to the rigidity of the support columns located in the air pocket itself. The insole does most of the cushioning work, and whilst this is satisfactory for lighter runs and maintenance runs, for longer distances it is far from ideal.
The flexibility and transition are much better than the cushioning, however. The forefoot and midsole region offers sufficient give throughout exertion and is stiff enough to ensure that overpronation is not a key issue. This is once again in part thanks to the reinforced nature of the air pocket.
- The Nike Air Max 2015 does look fantastic, with good weighting
- Excellent materials utilised throughout
- Good flexibility
- A poorly cushioned ride and overall experience
- Incredibly expensive
- Fells like you are paying for the name rather than performance
The Nike Air Max 2015 is a solid continuation of the Nike Air name, bringing fantastic visuals to the table combined with high quality material and a level of manufacturing rarely bested. The ride quality is poor however for the price, badly cushioned and stiff upon the feet as a result. At least the shoe is good for overpronators. I hope that this Nike Air Max 2015 review has been helpful.