The Nike Air Max Torch 4 features a mix of mesh and synthetic upper that gives it an old school look. Nike has added some seamless, weavy overlays on the sides while keeping the rest of the construction traditional. The mesh is quite thick, acting as a cushion for the upper part. This makes it not as breathable as most of Nike running shoes on the market today but they are still very comfortable. The mudguard is quite prominent, covering most of the midsole. It’s prolonged all the way to the top of the heel tab, one made of synthetic translucent materials. The whole upper construction is a bit “busy” and certainly made to give it a distinct look. It does take away the attention from the inexpensive materials used, mainly to keep its price down. The toebox is quite roomy, making the shoe comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I felt that walking and wearing these casually brought the best in them.
The Nike Air Max Torch 4 sole is all about the visible Air Max unit. As mentioned above, the mudguard covers the forefront Phylon midsole. This gives the shoe a distinct, aerodynamic shape that certainly makes it attractive. On short runs I found it to be quite supportive but I cannot say the same thing about long runs. The sole is quite basic in its construction, even with the Air Max unit in the heel area. The carbon outsole offers some stellar traction, which made it perform quite well on rough terrain. It also served quite well in the gym while lifting weights and do some light cross training.
All in all the Nike Air Max Torch 4 is a good looking shoe that is versatile and offers a great value. While I would not recommend them for long runs, they are a good choice for those doing light daily training. They are a great every day casual shoe, stylish and offering excellent all day support. There is a reason why many keep buying these; they are easy to break in and comfortable throughout. Nike seems to be in touch with the demand for these, comong up with new versions while keeping its price low. New colors are being released constantly and it looks like, to delight of many, we’ll be seeing these around for many years to come.