Performance Review: Nike Air Max Wavy

Performance Review: Nike Air Max Wavy

words_Nick Engvall
images_Zac Dubasik

Nike Air Max Wavy – More Solid Than Its Name Suggests


Sometimes playing in a wide range of basketball shoes can skew my view on what a good shoe is. After all, the promises of a shoe that is priced at $160 is going to have a more to live up to than lower priced models, no matter how much I’d like to convince myself otherwise. With that in mind, in theory the Nike Air Max Wavy should be half of what a shoe like the LeBron VII is considering the retail price of $80. Then again, last year we saw one of the top performing shoes of the year come from this price point in the Nike Zoom KD2 Performance Review.

Nike Air Max Wavy Performance ReviewAside from my own personal distaste for the style of the Air Max Wavy, it over-performed in many more areas than I would have ever anticipated.

From the very first time I put them on, the Air Max Wavy was and remains to be a comfortable fitting shoe. Considering the price point, many would expect materials to be too stiff at first glance but I’d say that misconception was erased the first time I played in the Air Max Wavy. The fit and feel definitely surprised me.

The standout for the Air Max Wavy is the ankle support and stability. It is solid. I would credit this to a few things that I feel really work well together in the design of the shoe. First thing I feel deserves credit for creating this stability is the overall ankle height and the depth at which your heel will sit in the shoe. Your heel will be sitting lower in the shoe than it actually appears. This combined with Achilles support cushion on the back of the ankle area and the wide lace stays which are a part of the quick lace system that is a descendant of the Jordan shoes and Penny shoes of the past, holds everything firmly in place with no worries. In addition the outriggers on the lateral sides of the sole probably help, though I can’t speak to if the “basketball-esque” design of them serves any function.

Of course, one thing that helps with the stability but also comes as a downside is the weight of the Air Max Wavy. It stands in the middle of the road in my opinion when it comes to weight. Which leads me into a couple of areas which leave more to be desired from the Air Max Wavy.

The Max Air in the heel is responsible for cushioning. It doesn’t do a spectacular job, but it is by all means sufficient. The issue I had with the cushioning is in the forefoot. The phylon in the mid and forefoot areas combined with the heavier rubber outsole makes for “slap” that is better suited for your car than it is for your footwear. With that said, the extra weight from the Foamposite-like material and rubber outsole makes heel-to-toe transition lacking in some ways. Depending on how you play, it may or may not work for you. If you land on the balls of your feet it might not be sufficient cushioning, and if you land on your heels, you may feel that it’s on the sloppy or slower side. This makes me want to suggest the Air Max Wavy for someone playing in the 3 or 4 spot over a quick moving guard.

Another area that could use some improvement is the cooling department. I found the Air Max Wavy to be hot. Although the tongue is comprised of mesh it doesn’t compensate for the lack of breathability caused by the material choices. The medial side features perforations but I didn’t find them to be very functional and it just seemed warm compared to other shoes.

Overall the Air Max Wavy when looked at as an $80 basketball shoe is a great value. It might not land on the lists of desire when it comes to sneakerheads and cool factor but it boasts some ties to the late nineties in its design and functionality that you can’t disregard. For me, as it is on the more durable side thanks to the more substantial rubber outsole, it’s a shoe that I’ll grab to play in outdoors more often than indoors.

Available now: Nike Air Max Wavy

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*Performance Review shoes provided by Eastbay*

Release Date: Nike Air Max Wavy – Navy/Photo Blue

Nike Air Max Wavy – Midnight Navy/Photo Blue

words_Brandon Richard

Arriving at Eastbay next week is this all-new colorway of the Air Max Wavy from Nike. A model inspired by Penny Hardaway and Kevin Garnett shoes of the past, this colorway of the Air Max Wavy features a midnight navy synthetic base, with photo blue detailing on the lateral Swoosh, medial underlay and branding on the tongue and heel. The lighter shade of blue also turns up on the Air Unit and outsole to complete the look. This new look is set for an official November 5th drop, but can be pre-ordered here at Eastbay today!

Pre-order: Nike Air Max Wavy – Midnight Navy/Photo Blue

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Release Date: Nike Air Max Wavy – Navy/Photo Blue

Nike Air Max Wavy – Black/Gorge Green/White

words_Brandon Richard

Reminiscent of styling from Nike’s Air Garnett III and Air Penny III, the budget-friendly Air Max Wavy is available in an all-new colorway. This pair combines gorge green foam-like material with black nubuck on the upper. White is used for Swoosh branding on the tongue, lateral heel and outsole. Gorge green is once again spotted in the visible Air unit, as well as the medial base. All of the aforementioned colors work together on the herringbone traction patterned rubber outsole.

Pre-order the Air Max Wavy today: Air Max Wavy – Black/Gorge Green/White

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Release Date: Nike Air Max Wavy – Navy/Photo Blue

Nike Air Max Wavy “Victory Green”

words_Nick Engvall

The Nike Air Max Wavy launched last month in a handful of bright and eye-catching colorways. The latest colorway is this Black and Victory green combination. Although the Celtics didn’t win the Championship this past season, this colorway looks like it could have been designed for the Boston players despite its name. With green being a somewhat rare colorway as far as popular models go, the Foamposite-like shiny finish should makes for a nice option for sneakerheads.

Available now: Nike Air Max Wavy Victory Green

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