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The Best Nike Shoes for Men Will Help You Land That Endorsement Deal

When it comes to sneakers, Team Checks stays winning.

Homing in on the best Nike shoes for men is worth the grunt work. Since setting up shop in the mid-’60s, the Portland-based juggernaut has churned out one hit sneaker after another, expanding into lifestyle footwear while upholding its commitment to athletic excellence each step of the way.

Nike running shoes helped Eliud Kipchoge smash the marathon record, motivating hordes of average Joes to break PRs of their own on tracks and treadmills around the globe. Nike soccer shoes helped Ronaldo capture a World Cup, inspiring throngs of young hopefuls to drag ramshackle soccer goals out to the backyard for one more go. Nike basketball shoes helped Lebron, Kyrie, and a whole host of supporting cast members—Matt Dellavedova, what’s good!—bring the ‘ship back to Cleveland, bolstering an entire city’s spirits in the process. (In 1984, the then-fledgling company also backed a little-known UNC graduate named Michael Jordan, whose own sneaker label warrants a list all its own.)

Today, the brand sells just about everything tangentially related to the sporting life, but its sneakers remain the crown jewel of the business, polished to sparkling perfection by so much savvy marketing the Clio committee should move its offices to Oregon. So the best Nike shoes for men prove why the Swoosh is still miles—and many, many dollars—ahead of the competition, no matter how many 350s the competition sells. (Sorry, Adidas. Numbers don’t lie.) To help you lace up like the pros, we compiled every single Swoosh silhouette you should know, each of ’em primed to make you fee like the star of your very own triumphant Wieden+Kennedy spot. Cue the soaring orchestral soundtrack: this is your moment.

Nike Air Max 97 sneakers

Since its debut nearly 25 years ago, the legendary Air Max 97 has been remixed by just about everyone who's anyone in the sneaker world, from Sean Wotherspoon to Lil Nas X. Inspired by the sleek aesthetics of Japanese bullet trains (or so the story goes), its wavy lines and formidable silhouette will sync up seamlessly with the type of big, brash pants we've been championing.

Nike Killshot 2 sneakers

A surprise-hit so damn popular Nike still has trouble keeping it in stock.

Nike Blazer mid '77 vintage sneakers

Nike's groundbreaking basketball shoes have come a long way from the hardwood. If you don't own a pair already, the last leg of their trip should be straight to your closet.

Nike Air Foamposite 1 sneakers

Thanks, in part, to a blockbuster collaboration with Comme des Garçons, the pendulum of popular opinion is once again swinging firmly towards Foams.

Nike Waffle Trainer 2 sneakers

A retro-leaning silhouette inspired by the type of heritage running shoes that catapulted the Swoosh from humble Portland upstart to global footwear giant.

Nike Waffle Trainer 2 sneakers

A retro-leaning silhouette inspired by the type of heritage running shoes that catapulted the Swoosh from humble Portland upstart to global footwear giant.

Nike Air Max 90 sneakers

A sneakerhead's sneaker through and through, the AM90 hasn't lost an iota of its appeal since it dropped, a full decade before the turn of the century. Much has changed in the sneaker game since, but few flourishes get the raffle crowd's fingers twitching like that instantly identifiable Air unit.

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneakers

The cult-loved, early-aughts performance running shoe caught a second wind courtesy of a collaboration with Stüssy in early 2020, but real Swoosh fans know the sneaker's always been a gem.

Nike Air Huarache sneakers

It's hard to believe these kicks debuted in the '90s given their ultra-futuristic neoprene construction. Today, that sturdiness will come in handy if you rock these at the gym—but they'll also look great with the finest sweatpants in your wardrobe.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 running shoes

Nike's proprietary bouncy-as-hell foam is designed to make you a faster runner, sure, but in signature Swoosh form it's also downright good-looking.

Nike Zoom Vomero 5 SP sneakers

The OG Vomero—a highly slept-on technical silhouette the Swoosh re-released a few years ago—doesn't have the same degree of name recognition as Nike's heaviest hitters, but it's a cult classic for a reason. When the style debuted in 2010 it was ahead of its time. In 2022 it couldn't look more of-the-moment.

Nike Metcon 7 training shoes

For all its inroads into the realm of capital-D design, at its essence Nike remains a performance brand. The Metcon is a perennial stalwart of its training selection, beloved by heavy-lifters and hardcore crossfitters alike.

Nike Air Force 1 '07 sneakers

40 years after its release, the Nike Air Force 1 is still a bona fide staple. The clean white uppers and distinct silhouette are adored by music legends and TikTok influencers alike, largely thanks to their goes-with-everything styling.

Nike Air Max 95 sneakers

Honestly, it's wild that once upon a time the Air Max 95 was pitched as a running sneaker. These days it looks far more trail-ready, especially when done up in a mossy green hue.

Nike Blazer Low '77 sneakers

We've always been partial to the Blazers' oversized swoosh, but in low top form (and in a clean white color way) they're begging to be worn with a blazer of an entirely different variety.

Nike Free Run 2 "Sequoia" running shoes

The Free Run predated the sock-sneaker explosion by years, but today it looks better than ever. Pair with your most powerful pair of cargos for maximum effect.

Nike Dunk High "Championship Navy" sneakers

Dunks might be everywhere right now, but that only means it's easier to get your hands on a pair. Stick to classic colors to avoid the worst of the aftermarket premiums.

Nike SB Bruin React sneakers

The Bruin Reacts might've be designed with hardened skate rats in mind, but you officially have our blessing to wear 'em with everything you own—even if you don't know how to ollie.

Nike Court Zoom Lite 3 sneakers

Tennis style is having an extended moment. If you're in the market for some new shoes to wear the next time you take center court, why not snag a pair that will also look great every other time of the week?

Nike Juniper trail running sneakers

Ready and willing to gorp down but don't want to commit to a full-on hiking boot? Nike's signature trail running shoes are built for trekking through dirty woodland paths, but they'll also look great with a crisp pair of Patagonia Baggies.

Nike Air Pegasus '83 sneakers

A retro Nike runner in muted hues is the kind of shoe you'll buy now, and wear now—and then wear later (much, much later) too. Keep these in your rotation for years to come and reap the style rewards indefinitely..

Nike Kyrie Infinity sneakers

Sure, you can wear whatever basketball shoes you want to a casual game of pick-up—all we're saying is that there's nothing more embarrassing than trying to cross somebody over and breaking your own ankles.