Nike training footwear from the ’90s is the stuff of modern-day sneaker legend — big, bold and blocky almost to a fault — and the Metal Max is an ideal example of this boisterous ethos. A compelling cross-trainer that first released in 1997, the Metal Max hadn’t hit shelves since the mid-’00s, but was brought back earlier this year. Now, it’s arrived in a timeless “Black/White” color scheme that puts all its signature details on full display.
Build of black synthetics, leathers, and textiles, the upper gives off a layered look. Its signature detail is provided by crescent moon-shaped mesh slits in the forefoot and midfoot, rimmed by white plastic. Swooshes may be small in stature but they’re major in style, placed directly under the collar with a jewled oval badge. This circular coat-of-arms- is surrounded by white trim and reminiscent of the stamp seen on the Air Max 97‘s outsole. Tongues get in on the oval branding fun as well with a large rubberized tongue badge that calls to mind images of the Air Max 95‘s signature logo.
Sharply-shaped black mudguards add a finishing layer of texture, and Nike spellout-equipped heel tabs assist with an easy on/easy off fit. Down below, two-tone EVA foam midsoles house segmented Air Max cushioning units in the heel and forefoot for a plush yet responsive ride. Black rubber outsoles with a double dose of Nike Sportswear graphics finalize the look.
The Nike Metal Max “Black/White” is available on the Nike webstore now, and retails for $140 USD.