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The Nike Tailwind line-up inspires the Air Max TW 2022 sneaker. Starting with the Air Max Tailwind 96, followed by similar striking versions. Since 1996, there have been four Air Max Tailwinds released. 

The reimagined Air Max TW sneakers make the most of premium-feeling synthetic leathers, mesh, air bubble cushioning, and updated cushlon midsoles. Discover Nike trainers that add the most height.

Designed as a lifestyle sneaker, we tested them in the gym, and this is what we discovered.

Do the Air Max TWs run true to size?

Yes, the Nike Air Max TW runs true to size and feels snug on your feet. The tongue is connected to an elastic glove-like inner feature that makes your foot feel snug. If you have wide or flat feet would suggest wearing thinner socks and loosening the laces rather than sizing up. 

Things to think about when buying the Air Max TW… 

It’s hard put on as the tongue is stitched to sneakers.The mesh upper is hard to clean.
Very light on foot. It’s hard to put on as the tongue is stitched to sneakers.
Cushlon midsole and air bubble provide soft cushioning.Take a few wears to break – heel feels squashed.

Editor: I don’t like how the tongue is connected to the sneaker with elastic, and the thick padded heel collar makes it awkward to put on. The design is a bit loud; I talk more about this in the review.   

What size should you get? 

If you wear the Nike Air Max TW for casual wear, I recommend going true to size as you would for other sneakers. 

Narrow Feet

You may feel like they run big for narrow feet, but get your normal size and tighten the laces slightly. The tongue is connected to the sneaker with elastic, which feels like a glove ideal for exploring urban cities – Discover why the Nike Air Max TW is the best walking shoe.

Medium Feet

For medium-width feet, the Nike Air Max TW trainers will fit snugly on your feet; it’s best to loosen the laces slightly for the best fit. 

Wide Feet

They run true to size for wide feet, suggesting you get your regular size. If the sneaker feels too tight, remove the insole and wear them without. You do lose comfort, so pick your socks wisely. 

Extra tips for wide feet 

  • If you have wide feet, the widest part of your foot will likely be pressed against the toe box. Wear thinner socks; I found this helps a lot. 
  • Using a long shoe horn to comfortably put the shoes on causes less soreness to fingers as no heel pull is attached. 

How to clean Nike Air Max?

The Nike Air Max TW is made with a mesh upper. To clean, sneaker wipes with a textured side are best to get all the dirt off. 

Discover the best way to clean the trainer’s cleaning video. 

To keep the Air Max TW fresh, place them in freezer bags (which keep dust away) and insert shoe trees inside (maintain shape)

What to do if you have two different size feet?

Having different-sized feet is normal, and if the difference in size is small, you should:

  • Choose the larger size if feet are between sizes or if one foot is bigger. 
  • Wear thinner or thicker socks, depending on the difference in size. 
  • Measure in the late afternoon when feet are largest due to swelling.
  • Loosen laces if the shoes become tight. 

Final Verdict:  

  • Priced high for a casual everyday sneaker. 
  • Some of the colourway options are a bit boring or too loud.  
  • Mesh used on the upper can be tricky to clean. Use sneaker wipes to clean. 


What year did the Air Max Tailwind come out?

The Nike Air Max Tailwind 1996 was the first to be released in the TW lineup. Followed by releases in 1997 (Tailwind 2), 1998 (Tailwind 3), 1999 (Tailwind 4), 2020 (Tailwind V Plus) and 2022 (Air Max TW).

Are Air Max unisex?

Yes, the Air Max TW are unisex. They go well with any casual outfit, especially shorts. 

How much height does the Nike Air Max TW add?

The Nike Air Max TW adds 2 inches of height at the heel. Discover which Nike sneakers add the most height.  

What material is used to make the Air Max Tailwind? 

Cushlon rubber midsole, recycled leather and mesh waste, fabric stitching yarns and textiles.

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