This week we take a closer look and review the features of the Nike Air Max SC, a 2021 release. In a year when prices have been only going up Nike found a way to make a sneaker that looks and feels good without breaking the bank. At $75 a pair this style is a great option for those looking for a sneaker for all around activities. 

Nike has successfully replicated the essence of the early Air Max models on the SC, with the same vintage running style and color blocking, a pattern that the brand has been following for years. In particular this look is reminiscent of the Nike Air Max 1 which surely served primarily as inspiration. The shoe successfully bites from other models and nails its intended look, but its range of colorways also offers a bit of variety in terms of appearance and style.

Upper

The secret of the low price for this sneaker lies of course in the materials and technology used to build it. Even if the upper mesh is quite basic, it adds cushioning and delivers enough breathability to ensure optimal comfort. The shoe also has a couple of overlays that circle the bottom of the upper, which is either leather or suede depending on the version you get. In terms of branding, the shoe has the Nike Air logo on the tongue and heel, and a bold leather swoosh on the medial and lateral sides of the sneaker. The look is stylish and remains breathable whilst still keeping with the materials on offer in the late 1980s. We have no qualms over the shape of the upper and were impressed with its vintage layering.

The pair we got was the one in white and obsidian colorway, that featured a white upper, and the leather obsidian overlays around the bottom of the upper. Not only did this colorway look great, but the obsidian overlays, particularly on the mudguard, were very practical for keeping the otherwise white shoe clean.

Sole Unit

In terms of the sole, the Nike Air Max SC has a standard foam midsole with a rubber outsole, and of course, an Air bubble in the heel. Our pair came in white with an obsidian outsole, and an obsidian tint to the Air bubble. This was especially interesting, as a tinted Air bubble is much more of a modern feature of Air Max sneakers, whilst the rest of the look felt like it could have been released in the late ’80s. The Air bubble also catches your eye, as it doesn’t have any visible pillars, meaning you can see straight through the midsole. Intended to add stability to the Air bubble, the removal of these pillars makes it clear the SC is a lifestyle sneaker, unlike its inspirations, that all started life as running models. While doing this short Nike Air Max SC review we noticed however that along with wearing them casually and in the gym, some basic running in these is definitely possible without feeling any discomfort.

Once you get used to it though, the Air bubble is the most enticing part of the sole. The midsole is made with classic EVA foam that adds basic cushioning to the forefront of the shoe. It features a linear pattern aimed at making the design more than just basic. The outsole partly features flex grooves and a traction pattern that are another reference to the Air Max models that came before it, most notably the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90.

Bottom Line

To conclude this Nike Air Max SC review, this sneaker offers a great value. At $75 it is cheaper than any other Air Max shoe but it doesn't have major drawbacks. Yes, it does not offer the latest technologies from the brand but the shoes are still very comfortable and it does not break easily. If you are looking to sport a retro look and not break the bank, these are for sure a good way to go.

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