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What Is The Best Way To Clean Nike Air Max Trainers?

by Fajar Sugiarto March 18, 2023 8 min read

Protecting Nike Air Max Trainers

We here at Aether Care love Nike Air Max Sneakers in all their iteration so here’s a little bit of history before we dive into the how-to.

When did Nike Air Max original come out?

The Nike Air Max trainer shoe was first released in 1987. The shoe was designed by Tinker Hatfield and was the first shoe to use visible Air cushioning in the heel. It was made famous by its iconic visible air bubble, which has become a signature of the brand. 

The shoe was initially released in two colourways, the red and white “Air Max 1”, and the blue and white “Air Max 90”. Since then, the Air Max trainer has become one of the most popular and influential shoes in the sneaker industry. It has seen numerous updates and colourways over the years and is still one of the most sought-after sneakers today.

What are the different models of Nike Air Max trainers?

The Nike Air Max family of shoes continues to grow with new models being released all the time. From the classic Air Max 1 to the futuristic Air Max 270, there is an option for everyone. Here's a closer look at some of the most popular Nike Air Max sneakers on the market today.

The Air Max 1 is one of the original designs from 1987 and has become a streetwear staple. This shoe features a visible air cushioning unit in the heel, plus a lightweight mesh upper for breathability and comfort. The sleek silhouette makes it great for casual wear or even dressing up for special occasions.

The Air Max 90 is another classic design that has been around since 1990. It features a leather upper, signature waffle outsole, and an iconic visible air unit in the heel. This style has seen many makeovers over the years, from bright colours to subtle details like embroidery and reflective accents.

Finally, the Air Max 270 is one of Nike's newest silhouettes and boasts advanced technology such as an oversized air unit in the heel and dual-density foam midsole for maximum cushioning. This style also comes in several modern colourways, making them perfect for those looking to switch up their sneaker game with something fresh and stylish.

The Nike Air Max 270 is one of the most popular models in the Air Max family. It is inspired by the classic Air Max 180 and Air Max 93 designs and features a large volume Air unit in the heel for maximum cushioning and comfort. The 270 also features a lightweight mesh upper and a moulded heel counter for a secure fit. 

Other popular Air Max models include the Air Max 90, Air Max 95, Air Max 97, Air Max 98, Air Max 200, Air Max 270 React, Air Max 720 and Air Max Dia. Each of these models is designed to provide a unique combination of cushioning, durability, and style.

The Air Max 2090 is also an exciting addition to the Air Max family. It features a modern-day design that draws from the classic Air Max 90 and incorporates the latest Nike technologies. It has a lightweight upper, a large volume Air unit in the heel for cushioning, and a TPU cage for a secure fit. The Air Max 2090 also offers a sleek, contemporary look and a unique lacing system for a personalized fit.

History of Nike Air Max Day.

Nike Air Max Day, which falls on March 26th each year, is a holiday celebrating the iconic Nike Air Max shoe. As we have explored earlier in this article, this sneaker became a cult classic in the world of fashion since its introduction to the market in 1987. The design of these shoes was revolutionary: they featured visible air cushioning in the sole, making them both comfortable and stylish.

Since then, Nike Air Max shoes have been a staple of street style around the world. From athletes to music artists to fashionistas, everyone loves rocking this timeless look. However, with all that wearing and tearing comes inevitable dirt and grime buildup. In order to keep your Nike Air Max sneakers looking fresh and new, it's important to clean them regularly and correctly.

Nike Air Max Day is coming up in the next few days and it was first celebrated on March 26th, 2014, when Nike released the Air Max 1 in celebration of the shoe’s 25th anniversary. Since then, the event has grown and become an annual celebration of the iconic Air Max sneaker. 

The day has become a global event and is celebrated in various cities around the world. It’s a day to recognize the influence of the Air Max sneaker, which has become a cultural phenomenon, as well as a day to celebrate the sneaker’s history and evolution. On Air Max Day, Nike typically releases limited edition sneakers and commemorative apparel.

What is the best way to clean Nike Air Max sneakers?

Now, onto the main reason why you’re here. Cleaning your Nike Air Max sneakers is essential for keeping them looking brand new. But with so many different methods and products, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your shoes. We’ll look at the most effective ways to clean your Nike Air Max sneakers, so you can keep them looking as good as the day you bought them.

The first step in cleaning your Nike Air Max sneakers is to remove any dirt or mud that may have accumulated on the surface. This can be done easily with a synthetic brush that is included in the Premium Sneaker Cleaning kit. For tougher stains, use a premium, soft-bristled, hogs hairbrush with our Sneaker Cleaning solution diluted in water to scrub away any stubborn dirt or mud. Our Sneaker cleaning solution is super tough on stains but won't damage your Nike Air Max trainers.

Once the surface of your sneakers has been cleaned, you can move on to deep cleaning them. Depending on the material of your shoes, there are several different products available that will help you get rid of any lingering odours or stains. For leather, canvas or synthetic materials, our Premium sneaker cleaning solution included in the kit is the perfect product for deep cleaning your Nike Air Max sneakers!

Cleaning tips before and after use

Before you even wear your Nike Air Max shoes, it's important to take a few steps to keep them clean. Make sure to remove any dirt or dust from the upper and sole with a soft brush or cloth. You can also spray the shoe with our Impervious spray for an extra layer of protection.

Once you’ve worn them, it’s time to clean them up! Start by brushing off any debris and wiping down the surface with a damp cloth. If there are any stains, water to gently scrub them away.

Be sure not to rub too hard as this could damage the fabric or leather. After that, allow your shoes to air dry completely before wearing them again.

Taking care of your Nike Air Max trainers doesn't have to be difficult – just make sure you give them some regular maintenance. Cleaning your shoes regularly will help ensure they last longer, so you can look good and stay comfortable for years to come!

Storing and protecting your trainers

Now that your Nike Air Max trainers are clean, it’s important to store them properly. When you’re not wearing them, keep them in a cool, dry place that’s away from direct sunlight. This will prevent the material from fading and help protect the shoes from damage.

You can also use shoe trees or insoles to help maintain the shape of your sneakers and avoid creasing. Stuffing the toes with newspaper is also a great way to absorb moisture and freshen up the inside of your shoes when they aren't being worn.

It’s also wise to invest in our Impervious spray and apply it regularly for added protection against rain or snow. This will help keep your trainers looking like new for longer!

DIY Cleaning solutions to avoid damaging your trainers

It’s important to use the right cleaning solutions when it comes to your Nike Air Max trainers, as some harsh chemicals may damage the material. Fortunately, there are plenty of DIY cleaning solutions you can use to keep your shoes looking good without risking any harm.

Do not put your sneakers in the washing machine. Sneakers can be damaged in the washing machine due to the high-water pressure and strong detergent. Instead, clean your sneakers with a damp cloth and our premium sneaker cleaner for easy stains but for more in stubborn stains use the synthetic brush included in the kit and the robust power of the cleaning solution.

Do not use bleach on white sneakers. Contrary to popular belief, bleach will not make your white sneakers whiter. The opposite actually happens and bleach usually leaves a yellowing effect and will not be easy to reverse.

Frequently Asked Questions - Cleaning Nike Air Max Trainers

What is the best way to store my Nike Air Max trainers?

The best way to store Nike Air Max trainers is to keep them in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. If possible, store them in a shoe box or on a shoe rack. Make sure to clean and dry them thoroughly before storing them to prevent mould and mildew. 

For added protection from moisture, spray a coating of our Impervious spray all over the sneakers after they have been cleaned and ready to be stored. They will remain fresher for longer as the spray comes on the Santalum scent.

How many styles of Nike Air Max shoes are there?

There are currently over 150 different styles of Nike Air Max shoes.

Is suede on Nike Air Max sneakers easy to clean?

No, suede on Nike Air Max sneakers is not easy to clean. Special care should be taken when cleaning suede sneakers to ensure they do not become damaged. It is best to use a suede-specific cleaner and brush to clean the sneakers.

If unsure, bring them into our flagship store Aether HQ in Leederville WA to get them professionally cleaned by one of our experienced technicians. Click here to be directed to information about our flagship store and book an appointment

Why do Nike Air Max midsoles crumble?

Nike Air Max midsoles can crumble due to several reasons. The most common cause of crumbling midsoles is wear and tear from use. Over time, the midsoles will break down from the constant flexing and impact from running, jumping and other activities.

Some materials used in the midsoles, such as foam, can also degrade over time, leading to crumbling. Additionally, exposure to extreme temperatures, humidity, and chemical substances can affect the integrity of the midsoles and cause them to crumble.

How can you tell if a pair of Nike Air Max trainers are real or fake?

  1. Examine the stitching. Authentic Nike Air Max trainers will have neat, even stitching. If the stitching is uneven or jagged, the shoes are likely fake.
  2. Inspect the logo. Authentic Nike Air Max trainers will feature the Nike “Swoosh” logo on both sides of the shoe. Fake shoes may have the logo, but the logo will not be properly aligned or will be too thick or too thin.
  3. Check the quality of the material. Nike Air Max trainers are made from high-quality materials. If the material feels cheap or flimsy, the shoes are likely fake.
  4. Research the seller. If you are purchasing the shoes online, make sure the seller is reputable and has a good return policy. If the seller is not reputable, the shoes may be fake.


Nike Air Max trainers are a popular choice due to their stylish look and comfortable feel. Cleaning your shoes is an important part of taking care of them and should be done regularly to extend their lifespan.

There are many methods available for cleaning your Nike Air Max shoes, from store-bought cleaners to DIY solutions. Depending on the type of material used for the shoe, different cleaning techniques may need to be used in order to avoid damaging them.

Storing and protecting your trainers after they have been cleaned is also important in order to maintain their condition. With the right knowledge and tools, anyone can keep their Nike Air Max shoes looking as good as new!

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