Chunky, full-bodied sneakers are becoming the runner du jour — while time will tell whether the popularity of this kind of style is more than a passing fad, everyone seems to want to cash in on it, including Nike. The Force 270 and Max 270 lines are hardly minimalist, but their silhouettes are still somewhat sleek, with flat-ish toeboxes and clean lines from front to back. This shoe throws all of that out the window and adopts a much more aggressive, trail sneaker approach. While shoes from hiking giants such as The North Face and La Sportiva are well made and prove themselves adequately out on the trail, none of them is winning awards for their looks. The Air Max 270 Bowfin is Nike’s attempt to find a middle ground between sneakerhead aesthetic and outdoor functionality. It’s got the right features for it: a mixed textile upper, with a single-pull cord lacing system in a criss-cross layout, just like other high-end hiking shoes such as the Salomon Men’s X Ultra 3 GTX.
The Air Max 270 Bowfin in Black/Phantom Desert will drop sometime in October, and will go for $150 USD.