Our celebration leading up to Air Max Day 2019 continues with a look at another one of the most beloved sneakers on Earth, the Air Max 90. Just like our post on the Air Max 1 earlier this week, we’ve now compiled a list of 10 of our favorite Air Max 90s currently in our inventory.
We’re tweaking the concept just a bit for the Air Max 90 selection, however. Instead of listing the 10 most epic, grail-status releases like we did with the Air Max 1, these 10 picks are more of a “buyer’s guide” to the absolute best options of the iconic silhouette to get you ready for Air Max Day in style. Sure, you’ll still see some of the most epic Air Max 90s ever released, but also a couple of sleepers you may have overlooked, as well as the latest hyped colorway that’s currently one of the hottest sneakers on the market.
Legendary designer Tinker Hatfield followed the landmark Air Max 1 with another all-time classic running shoe three years later, with 1990’s Air Max model that became an instant hit thanks to its big Air bubble and now-iconic “Infrared” colorway. One of the most worn sneakers on the planet ever since, the Air Max 90 has been released in countless colorways, constructions, and remodels in its 29-year lifespan. Helping you locate its very best, enjoy our picks for 10 perfect options to lace up on Air Max Day.
We’ll get things started with the latest must-have Air Max 90, the new “Mars Landing” edition with a reflective martian graphic covering the upper in red and orange tones. Other amazing details of the colorway include a black sole with reflective speckles and a translucent outsole with a graphic of the Mars rover’s wheel tread visible underneath. The special colorway follows up another out-of-this-world colorway, which we might as well get to next…
In 2014 Nike dropped what is now one of the most coveted versions of the Air Max 90 ever, the “Moon Landing” edition with a reflective print of the lunar surface across the upper. The concept was inspired by the Lunar foam cushioning that Nike added to the Air Max 90, back when it seemed like they were adding Lunar foam to every retro runner in their archive. It’s safe to say this was the greatest result of that practice.
Looking nice enough already in a clean black and olive colorway, this special construction of the Air Max 90 features an assortment of hook and loop logo patches for a customizable look. Hot Air, indeed.
One of the rarest Air Max 90s in our current inventory is this 2007 collaboration with streetwear brand Huf from the legendary “Hufquake” pack. The cracked graphic found on each shoe in the collection that also included the Air Max 1, Air Force 1 Low, Dunk Low, and a matching colorway of the modified Air Max 90 Current was inspired by the ever-present earthquakes in Huf’s home city of San Francisco. Every “Hufquake” shoe was a banger, but many consider this Air Max 90 the very best.
When Virgil Abloh compiled nine of Nike’s most iconic models of all time along with the Converse Chuck Taylor for his “The Ten” collection in 2017, there was certainly no argument that the Air Max 90 deserved to be in the bunch. The Off-White edition of the silhouette certainly didn't disappoint, built with a deconstructed upper and icy clear outsole. It’s been roughly a year and a half since “The Ten” collection debuted, and this Air Max 90 is now one of its most coveted models.
If you know Air Max sneakers, you know that Japan’s atmos boutique is among the most prestigious names when it comes to collaborations of silhouettes like the Air Max 1, 90, and 95. A contender for their best take on the Air Max 90 is this “Duck Camo” edition from 2013 featuring a camo-covered upper with Infrared in all of its original places. Similarly, you also won’t want to miss the atmos x Nike Air Max 90 “Tiger Camo.”
Speaking of Infrared, you can’t do an Air Max 90 list without the OG. Few sneakers on Earth are more famous than the Air Max 90 in its original neon red accented colorway. Simply put, no collection is complete without a pair.
If there was ever a “rags to riches” tale in the sneaker world, this is it. In 2013 Nike released the three-colorway “Independence Day” pack featuring the updated Hyperfuse construction of the Air Max 90 in solid red, white, and blue colorways. Slept on when they dropped, all three eventually hit the sale sections of online retailers like Finish Line. Then, Kanye West was spotted wearing all three colorways and they instantly became the hottest shoes on the market. This red colorway remains the most sought-after of the set, perhaps because of its similarity to the famed Air Yeezy 2 “Red October.” The Kanye effect is real.
In 2016 Nike teamed up with fellow Oregon-based brand Pendleton Woolen Mills for this special construction of the Air Max 90. The silhouette gets covered in Pendleton’s famous wool textile featuring a Native American inspired pattern, as well as premium black nubuck. The final result is an Air Max 90 that’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons.
We’ll close with another edition of the Air Max 90 by Virgil Abloh, which actually also closed out “The Ten” collection as the final release of the epic collaboration. After the initial Off-White x Air Max 90 dropped in the original set in late 2017, it wasn’t until February of 2019 that fans got their shot at another colorway. This excellent tan and orange rendition released alongside a black and white version, which is also worthy of making this list filled with some of the best Air Max 90s ever.