Nike Hypermax

Booked as the “Hyperdunk for big men,” and borrowing Flywire technology from its predecessor, the Nike Hypermax appeared on the scene near the end of the 2008-2009 NBA season on the feet of some of the best players in the game. Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol were some of the first to don them on the court.

The most noticeable difference in comparison to the Hyperdunk, both aesthetically and for performance reasons, is the full-length Max Air unit with Phylon midsole in the shoe’s sole. With a higher cut on the backside of the foot opening, as well as a high ankle strap, the Hypermax also provides unprecedented ankle support. Weighing in at just over 18 ounces, this model is not as light as its little brother sneaker, thanks to its Max Air sole, but the overall weight is reduced by the Flywire construction. It’s clear that Nike set out to create a shoe for larger players who are willing to compensate a little weight for additional comfort and support, and did just that.