The Air Max Wavy has stopped listening to 2010’s B.o.B.’s “Airplanes” and Em’s “Love the Way You Lie” and queued up Nicki’s “Chun-Li” for wavy 2018 retro vibes.
While most of the WearTesters staff — many of whom were already testing sneakers back in 2010 — has no idea why the Air Max Wavy is back, the shoe has dropped by surprise at Nike, Jimmy Jazz, and select retailers with several new colorways coming quickly.
Once an $80 budget-friendly basketball shoe, the Air Max Wavy is now a $110 retro that makes it much more expensive than it once was (the original $80 price tag, adjusted for inflation, comes to $92 in 2018). The shoe features a visible Max Air unit at the heel, multi-directional herringbone traction underfoot, and a synthetic leather and nubuck suede upper. The Air Max Wavy was just one of many sneakers to use this tooling.