Nike Men’s Air Versitile II Shoe Review

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  • High-quality, durable materials
  • Great cushioning and stability in a lightweight shoe
  • Snug, secure fit for easy movement


  • Poor traction for hardwood play

Full Review - Air Versitile II

The Nike Men’s Air Versitile II is a great all-around shoe that can be worn on the court or on the streets. Traction on these could use some work and if that’s a big concern then you might want to pay up for a more expensive shoe. Though this is a low-top shoe, it provides good lockdown thanks to Nike’s proprietary Fly Wire. Premium materials leave this shoe feeling soft and sturdy on your foot and make it very comfortable. This is a perfect shoe for you if you’re a casual player who mostly plays on outdoor courts and doesn’t need a lot of ankle support or if you just want to rock some sweet kicks on a day out.

Air Versitile II Specs

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We’ll admit it, the traction on these shoes isn’t that great. For hardcore players on the hardwood, you’ll probably be left wanting more as you wipe the soles repeatedly for better grip. With that said, the Nike Air Versitile II is still a quality basketball shoe. There is more traction than a normal tennis shoe has, and you’ll be fine if you play on an outdoor court. Whether or not there is enough traction for you depends on your playing surface and competitive level.


What these shoes lack in traction, they make up for in support. A visible Nike Air-Sole heel unit provides awesome impact cushioning while keeping the shoe lightweight. Though it is a low-top shoe, the tongue and back of the heel come up surprisingly far for extra stability. This gives the shoe a snug, close to your foot feel that makes it feel like you are free to move however you want. Nike’s signature Fly Wire cables secure the upper laces for excellent lockdown and security around the top of your foot. If you need high-ankle support, these probably aren’t for you. But if you need moderate support and a shoe that will keep your foot safe and secure during a game, then the Air Versitile II is a good match.


This shoe features some high-quality materials in its make-up. The rubber sole helps ensure that it is durable and will last for a long time. Meanwhile, textile and synthetic uppers give the shoe lasting shape and help prevent tears. This shoe won’t fall apart after just a few wears. In the heel area, premium textile material gives you enhanced comfort and softness to prevent blisters and rubbing. The logo on the shoe is built-in to the mesh upper not raised like some higher-end shoes, but these shoes avoid the “cheap” look despite their affordable price tag. Nike decided to go very lightweight with this shoe as well, taking advantage of air pockets, thin materials, and mesh to limit the weight. Overall, the materials are simple, durable, and well-rounded.


One thing we love about these shoes is how comfortable they are. The Air-Sole does a great job absorbing shock and impact whether you’re coming down from a layup or walking downtown. Soft textiles in the back and a stable rubber sole take strain off of your feet on and off the court. These shoes are also extremely light which means you can wear them for long periods of time without feeling like you’re dragging cement blocks around with you.

Sole Decision

Overall, the Nike Air Versitile II is a good all-around shoe that is fit for casual play and street-wear. It lacks in traction, but makes up for it with quality materials, good comfort, and an affordable price.

For entry-level players, casual ballers, and shoe enthusiasts.

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Cody Debos

About Cody Debos

On the court, Cody is an amateur 6’6” SF who loves a good pickup game. He’s currently sporting the “Opening Night” Kyrie 5’s. He has been playing basketball for over 10 years and is an avid fan. From writing about the latest shoe releases to giving advice on how to up your game, Cody loves all things basketball. His favorite NBA team is the 76ers. When he’s not on the court or writing about it, he enjoys working on his debut fiction novel and is a huge Game of Thrones fan.