Nike Air Max 720 Review – Pros and Cons

Nike Air Max 720

Release Price: $180








  • Futuristic
  • Variety of Colourways
  • Comfortable
  • High-quality materials
  • Perfect for height enhancement
  • Hidden lacing system


  • Ultra-large Air Max Unit - you either love it or totally hate it.
  • They need time to get used to walking on them
  • Expensive (even for a Nike model)

The Nike Air Max 720 is the first and the only shoe to feature the thickest Air Max unit in history. The shoe can be quickly recognised by its futuristic look, even by a non-sneaker-fan.

• 38mm air cushion 

• Weight: 17.8 ounces (in men size 12) 

• Full-length air unit 

• Style: casual 

• Drop: N/A*

Note: Product’s specifications don’t mention the Air Max 720’s exact drop height. A reviewer on compared photos of this model to other casual sneakers. Since most casual shoes feature a drop of 10mm, after the comparison the writer assumed that the Air Max 720 also includes a 10mm heel-to-toe drop.

  • Futuristic and colourful design
  • Variety of colourways available 
  • Comfortable wear 
  • High-quality materials 
  • Perfect for those who want enhanced height 
  • Hidden lacing system
  • Ultra-large Air Max Unit – you either love it or totally hate it. 
  • They need time to get used to walking on them. 
  • Expensive (even for a Nike model)


The Air Max 720 was released in February. A lot of people bought and tested it, and their opinions are so divided. People are loving this shoe as much as others are hating it. Here are some of the opinions going around.

  • A reviewer commends the Air Maz 720 as the “Irresistibly bouncy shoe of the future”
  • Most people think the Air Max 720 are a great pair of shoes. They look amazing and feel amazing. People are wearing them at the gym, for jogging, or hanging out with their friends. 
  • Sneakers’ collectors are enthusiast about these shoes. They are already defining them as a must-have in any collection worthy of the name. 
  •  Lots of reviewers are defining this shoe as eye-catching and extremely comfortable with their extralarge air bubble. 
  • A lot of reviewers are appreciating that the shoe can offer some added heights and serious cushion support.
  • The most frequent complaint about the Air Max 720 is that it’s really thick, and it feels strange to walk on it. 
  • Some reviewers also complained about durability: 
  1. “The trim has begun to fall off the toe after a few months of non-sporting use.” 
  2. “One part of the sole has gotten unglued.”

Video Review

The sneakers collector in the following video reviews the Air Max 720 and talks about all the features of the shoe. He talks about the pros and cons of the shoe.

Watch the video below.

Nike Air Max 720 is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. On Nike’s website, women’s shoes are available in a size range from UK 2.5 to UK 9.5, while the men’s version’s size range goes from UK 5.5 to UK 14. US and Europe size ranges are also availabe.

There are no width options available for the Air Max 720. This is not unusual for a casual shoe.

Because of its substantial midsole, the Air Max 720 is a lot heavier than other types of casual footwear. Nevertheless, the airbags within the midsole itself allow the shoe not to feel as bulky as it should be with a weight of 17.8 oz (in men size 12).

“The fit feels a bit small,” we could read on “But the toe box isn’t cramped and the midfoot doesn’t feel particularly narrow.” Speaking about comfort, most reviewers are finding the Air Max 720 super-comfortable (“It feels like walking on cotton balls,” states an Amazon reviewer) – and only a few are struggling to get used to the shoe stiffness.

Lots of reviewers are enthusiastic about the Air Max 720 futuristic and colourful design. Buyers are appreciating the number of versions available. On Nike’s website, other than the men and women’s versions, you can also find the SE, By You, and Proto-Max versions.

Air Max 720 doesn’t share much with the previous Air Max 270. Other than a little resemblance to the 270’s heel, the Air Max 720 is completely new. After all, it’s height, design and technology are something never seen before.

Air Max 720’s upper unit features a smooth textile fabric. The medial and lateral sides are also provided with mesh pods forming a wavelike design to ensure stability. Reinforced pods are also placed around the midfoot, heel, and toe to further lock the foot into place and provide extra protection. The textile fabric is a breathable material, but the presence of several pods all around the shoe limits the amount of airflow into the foot chamber. Some reviewers on Nike’s Official Website, in fact, claimed that the Air Max 720 is not as breathable as they expected it to be. The Air Max 720 also features a hidden lacing system and a pull tab attached to the heel for easier insertion.

The Air Max Unit (the tallest to date) runs the full length of the shoe and forms its midsole, which is able to hug the bottom of the foot for extra stabilization. Such a substantial midsole makes the Air Max 720 a bit heavy and stiff (as some reviewers have complained about) but it also provides responsiveness despite the overall size of the shoe.

Air Max 720’s outsole is made from a basic rubber compound. A semi-translucent material covers the whole ground-contact area. Multiple textured rings encircle the shoe to ensure a better grip on all kinds of surfaces.

Final Thought

When the first Air Max model was released in 1987, it caused a sensation, for no one had ever seen an air unit on a shoe before. The basic idea of its designers, in fact, was to show what had never been visible before, that is, the shoe’s air cushion. Air Max 1 had incredible success and an amazing evolution over the years. It’s development brought to Air Max 720. Air Max 720 has been released in February this year and it has caused the same sensation as its ancestor. Why so much ado? Because the Air Max 720 features the thickest Air Max Unit in history. Once again, something that has never been seen before. The air unit’s height and the shoe’s futuristic design generated controversy among buyers. One thing is for certain: you can either love it or hate, but you can’t pass by it without noticing it!

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