Nike Air Max Tavas – Retro Modern Kicks, My First Pick Up of 2016

The Nike Air Max Tavas combines a retro design with modern silhouettes. These kicks have a very vintage runner look but the way they have been put together reflects present trend sensibilities. For instance, the hyperfuse on the upper blends in well with the felt detailing on the heel.

Nike Air Max Tavas Street Style Indian Blogger

Nike Air Max Tavas

Nike Air Max Tavas

Nike Air Max Tavas

When picking up sneakers for lifestyle use, it is important that you be able to style them with ease. You don’t want to look like one of those New Balance and chino wearing men with tucked in polo tees. Heck, the Tavas would probably complement that style as well. The outer sole has a waffle design, synonymous with all Air Max models. The Air Max unit at the heel is another commonality. However, that is where the similarities end. The Nike Air Max line has a bunch of models and designs. From 1987 when they launched the Air Max 1 (I reviewed it here) to this day, when the Tavas was launched in India late 2015. I also own a pair of Air Max 90s, the 90s Sneakerboot and the running shoe Air Max 360.

The fuse overlays and mesh construction on the toe box, with hits of suede (or is that felt) on the heel. The pull tab completes the rear view of these kicks. I like that the detailing on these kicks is subtle and not over the top, like with all other Air Max sneakers from Nike.

On their own, they might look quite basic. But these are like some of those kicks that look fire once you put them on. Like the Roshe One by Nike, for instance.

Nike Air Max Tavas

Nike Air Max Tavas Street Style

Nike Air Max Tavas Zara Ratchet Clothing UK

I quite like them. The design aesthetics are simple and clean. Nothing over the top. They are quite comfortable like any other Air Max. They haven’t taken off in a big way, in India. But then again, sneakers here are so limited in color options and releases. These are actually late 2014 sneakers and only made their way to India end 2015.

These sneakers are quite comfortable. You can kinda feel the Air Max unit compressing, which means you feel the spring in your step, which is a good thing. I teamed the sneaker with an all monochrome look. The longline layered black and white tee, with black denims and a white leatherite back pack from Ratchet Clothing UK. For accessories, I used my trust Black G Shock and Black RayBan Wayfarers.

You can check out the detailed on feet video here.

Hoping 2016 is a better year in the sneaker game for India. I know I will be looking forward to Air Max Day which is on the 20th of May. I wonder what model will be launched or re-issued. Because in 2015, they did the Air Max Zero, the one before the One! You think it would be the Air Max 95 this year around for India?

Nike Air Max Tavas Zara Ratchet Clothing UK

Nike Air Max Tavas Zara Ratchet Clothing UK

Nike Air Max Tavas Street Style Zara

Outfit Deets:
Longline Tee – Zara
Denims – Jack and Jones
Glasses – RayBan Wayfarer
Watch – G Shock
Mock Leather Backpack – Ratchet Clothing UK

Shot by Vishal Dey for Bowties and Bones

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Nike Air Max Tavas

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Nike Air Max Tavas

Nike Air Max Tavas



  1. […] Angles : When you shoot, angles are what matter the most. You can’t shoot a sneaker standing up. The photographer will need to drop down to the level of the sneaker. So if it is on the ground, then he/she would need to be lying down to capture the perfect shot. Also, what is recommended is either shooting a full side profile or shooting it from 45 degrees in the front or back. That is when you get a proper view of the entire sneaker almost. Full frontal shots of the toe box are alright to show the details but they come only after the side and 45 degree profile pictures are done. A 45 degree angle on the Nike Air Max Tavas. […]


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