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The Nike Air Max 2090 Is Officially Unveiled

The Nike Air Max 2090 is officially unveiled.

The past meets the future with newly surfaced Nike Air Max 2090.

From an initial examination, you’ll notice it shares similarities to the original Air Max 90. The exposed air unit and overall design elements are the dead giveaway that Nike is taking the approach revise an iconic silhouette for the new age millennials.

Not much is known regarding the potential release of these, but the photo below displays 2020 for the release year. However nothing has been set in stone and has yet to receive official confirmation from Nike. Let us know your thoughts of the Air Max 2090 in the comments below, and keep it locked here as updates arrive.

Nike Air Max 2090
Release Date: Spring 2020

UPDATE (01/21/2020): The Nike Air Max 2090 is officially unveiled. Check above for the shoe’s release details, and below for the press release. Stay tuned for further information.

Leveraging the same DNA that made the Air Max 90 so iconic and future-forward 30 years ago, the Air Max 2090 is designed to illustrate what the future holds. 

What’s new in the Air Max 2090:

  • Color Blocking: Color blocking was instrumental in the development of the original Air Max 90, with darker colors underscoring the strength in the shoe’s support structure. In that same vein, the 2090 relays this through levels of opacity — the most supportive materials are 100 percent opaque, and the least supportive (and lighter weight) materials are see-through.
  • Air Unit: With the aim of all-day comfort, the Air Max 2090 employs a larger Air unit than its originator, with a 200 percent larger window than traditional side-visibility Air units seen 30 years ago. 
  • Cropped Swoosh: The iconic Nike Swoosh was first cropped below on the Air Max 90, and the Swoosh of Air Max 2090 — though updated — follows the same design ethos. 
  • Flexibility: Echoing the Air Max 90’s waffle outsole, the Air Max 2090 also employs distinct grooves for flexibility and takes original tread lines and updates the pattern for performance in 2020. 

What remains the same:

  • Air Max 90 Mudguard: One of the three key elements voted upon by Air Max 90 wearers, the Air Max 2090 mudguard remains untouched from the original.
  • Air Max 90 Cassette: This design element, which surrounds and highlights the Air unit, is iconically featured in the shoe’s original design and was a must-keep element in the Air Max 2090. 
  • Air Max 90 Heel Logo: The classic heel logo first employed by the Air Max 90 is reflected in the Air Max 2090 update — look closely and you can see the new “Air” logo.

The Air Max 2090 launch colorways are, in part, inspired by the future of transportation — an ode to the original Air Max 90’s inspiration drawing from Italian sports cars.

The Nike Air Max 2090 releases globally this spring. 

UPDATE (01/17/2020): The Nike Air Max 2090 surfaces in official photos.

UPDATE (12/12/2019): Almost two months after the first look, we finally have in-hand photos of the upcoming Nike Air Max 2090 in two new colorways.

Photos via Weibo user Lu Qiang.

UPDATE (10/13/2019): First Look at the Air Max 2090.

h/t: wavegod_thelegend.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Sneaker Brief. Reporting, analyzing, and sharing my thoughts on sneakers professionally for the past two years. My favorite shoe is the ANTA GH1 and my favorite player is LeBron James.

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