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    Nike Air Max 90

    Nike Air Max 90

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    A prominent 90s silhouette that had a remarkable impact on sneaker culture.

    Nike Air Max 90 SE  DH5075-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 SE
    • DH5075-100
    • $68
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DH2973-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DH2973-001
    • $80
    Nike Air Max 90 CN8490-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CN8490-100
    • $85
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR CD6864-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR
    • CD6864-100
    • $52
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR CD6864-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR
    • CD6864-001
    • $91
    Nike Air Max 90 DM8171-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DM8171-200
    • $80
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR SE DM0956-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR SE
    • DM0956-100
    • $74
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DM0033-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DM0033-001
    • $111
    Nike Air Max 90 DH8010-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DH8010-100
    • $85
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DH2973-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DH2973-100
    • $80
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DC9450-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DC9450-001
    • $60
    Nike Air Max 90 NRG DC6083-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 NRG
    • DC6083-200
    • $76
    Nike Air Max 90 CN8490-003
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CN8490-003
    • $94
    Nike Air Max 90 CN8490-002
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CN8490-002
    • $84
    Nike Air Max 90 CD6867-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CD6867-100
    • $39
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR CD6864-019
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR
    • CD6864-019
    • $79,99
    Nike Air Max 90 DN4415-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DN4415-001
    • $74,99
    Nike Air Max 90 Laser DH4689-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Laser
    • DH4689-200
    • $75
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DH4677-400
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DH4677-400
    • $104
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DH4677-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DH4677-200
    • $77
    Nike Air Max 90 Premium DH0569-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Premium
    • DH0569-100
    • $67
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DC9450-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DC9450-100
    • $71
    Nike Air Max 90 SE DC9446-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 SE
    • DC9446-001
    • $79
    Nike Air Max 90 Premium DC7856-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Premium
    • DC7856-100
    • $58
    Nike Air Max 90 DC6083-500
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DC6083-500
    • $87
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR CZ5594-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR
    • CZ5594-001
    • $97
    Nike Air Max 90 Toggle CV0065-105
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Toggle
    • CV0065-105
    • $55
    Nike Air Max 90 CQ2560-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CQ2560-100
    • $86
    Nike Air Max 90 LTR CD6867-019
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 LTR
    • CD6867-019
    • $55
    Nike Air Max 90 CD6867-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • CD6867-001
    • $75
    Nike Air Max 90 GS DV3480-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 GS
    • DV3480-100
    • $80
    Nike Air Max 90 DV2120-900
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DV2120-900
    • $105
    Nike Air Max 90 DQ8235-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DQ8235-001
    • $100
    Nike Air Max 90 SE Next Nature DQ4016-400
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 SE Next Nature
    • DQ4016-400
    • $70
    Nike Air Max 90 DO8902-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DO8902-001
    • $89
    Nike Air Max 90 SE DN4155-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 SE
    • DN4155-001
    • $89
    Nike Air Max 90 Futura DM9922-101
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Futura
    • DM9922-101
    • $100
    Nike Air Max 90 Futura DM9922-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Futura
    • DM9922-100
    • $98
    Nike Air Max 90 DM8171-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DM8171-001
    • $95
    Nike Air Max 90 Terrascape DM0033-002
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Terrascape
    • DM0033-002
    • $87
    Nike Air Max 90 QS DJ4878-400
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 QS
    • DJ4878-400
    • $52
    Nike Air Max 90 DH8010-101
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DH8010-101
    • $96
    Nike Air Max 90 DC9445-500
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DC9445-500
    • $91
    Nike Air Max 90 SE DC9336-300
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 SE
    • DC9336-300
    • $85
    Nike Air Max 90 DC5211-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90
    • DC5211-100
    • $100
    Nike Air Max 90 Premium DA1641-003
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 Premium
    • DA1641-003
    • $54
    Nike Air Max 90 QS CZ7656-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 QS
    • CZ7656-001
    • $58
    Nike Air Max 90 NRG CZ1929-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 90 NRG
    • CZ1929-200
    • $72

    Air Max 90

    The Nike Air Max 90 is a cultural icon. In part, this is due to the shoe’s distinctive style. Its social adaptability is also an important aspect, having led to it being adopted both in the mainstream and by various subcultures, while the supreme comfort of the Air unit gave the sneaker a distinguished reputation. Ultimately, all these defining qualities led the Air Max 90 to become a hugely influential design.

    Originally released as the Air Max III in 1990, the Air Max 90—the name the sneaker received when it was relaunched in the early 2000s—was the successor to the Air Max II (or Air Max Light) and its forerunner, 1987s Air Max 1. The 90 was to be the next step in the evolution of the Air Max design, so it took inspiration from previous iterations.

    These shoes were designed by Tinker Hatfield, who made the Nike Air Max 90 a product of its time. He implemented modern-looking features that had been pioneered by the Air Max 1 and the Air Max Light in the years prior. These included Phylon foam midsole technology, which the Light had shown to be lighter than the polyurethane on the original Air Max, alongside a microfiber mesh for improved breathability. TPU panels similar to those on the previous design appeared across the upper and the heel, with a large TPU cassette that acted as a window around the sizable Air unit in the midsole. These elements had a contoured, grated appearance which mimicked the aerodynamic fins of fast, sleek supercars like the Ferrari Testarossa, adding to the contemporary feel of the shoe.

    Despite having a simple lifestyle aesthetic, the Air Max 90 had actually started out as a runner. Its sporting caliber was assured by the bulky heel Air unit, the thick foam midsole that provided impact protection and the high ankle cut which offered ample support. While it was clearly a first-class piece of performance equipment, the AM90 was so much more, reflecting a paradigm shift in the language of Nike’s design approach.

    Like with previous Air Max editions, the Air unit in the heel was a key feature of the shoe’s design. Whereas the transparent window in the Air Max 1 had sought to show the brand’s technical advancement, the enhanced Air unit of the Nike Air Max 90 stood out for other reasons. Firstly, it was bigger than previous airbags, but there was also a panel surrounding it which could be decorated in captivating colors to highlight the Air unit. An “Infrared” color, originally known as “Hyvent Orange,” appeared on the release model that was fundamental to the initial success of the Air Max 90. Covering the heel cassette, as well as other elements, its use on the midsole window gained the most recognition. The vivid red tone accentuated the bigger airbag in the heel, something which Nike were keen to emphasize to those looking for increased cushioning and support. It is the intensity of this orange-red shade that has made the “Infrared” such a classic colorway to this day.

    The way the midsole merged into the upper before resting up against the swoosh gave the AM90 a harmonious, flowing style that won many fans in the music world. Club culture burgeoned in the early nineties, bringing with it the need for comfortable, robust, and stylish trainers. Meanwhile, in London and Paris, those in the underground hip-hop scene admired the shoe for its grittiness. Over the years, the Air Max 90 has been popular among an eclectic mix of cultures, becoming one of the most widely recognized and fully embraced sneakers Nike has ever created.

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