Men who’ve set their style to “Nike” have plenty of options; everything from on-court performance, to running, to sport-inspired casual.
One of the more consistently popular models is Nike’s Air Max series. Enabled with Nike+, these shoes include space for a chip (sold separately) in the left midsole that allows wearers to upload their information to Nike’s social media platform. You can customize your running experience with other Nike+ users, engage in challenges, and seek advice.
Other current running models include the Nike Free series and the new Nike Flyknit Lunar initiative. The Free series reduces underfoot cushioning to build the foot muscles toward a true barefoot experience, and the Flyknit Lunar features an upper comprised of a single thread. This produces a sock-like fit intended to flex naturally with the foot.
Throwback versions of the Air Max remain popular. These include the Air Max 90, which features a visible Max Air unit under the heel and synthetic overlays comprising the upper. The Air Max 95 also features a visible Max Air unit but with a wavy lines front to back along the upper, crisscrossed with Nike Flywire connecting the midsole to the eye-row.
Another throwback, the Air Force 1, has been cruising along since its debut as a basketball shoe in 1982. The AF1 is consistently popular in both the tried-and-true all-white and all-black colorways, and countless others that have emerged over the years. The clean whites are popular for simply stepping out, and many choose the all-black as a work shoe.
Nike leads the league in signature basketball sneakers. That includes those of current stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, and retro/throwback kicks once worn by retired legends such as Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.
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The common thread through most of these units is a wide variety of colorways. This makes them easy fits for jeans, but Nike shorts often carry the same color hits as the shoes – particularly those from the signature lines.