Verdict from 43 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 90 Atmos feels lightweight on foot as what most of the reviewers expressed.
  • Superior comfort is delivered by the sneaker, according to the majority of the consumers.
  • Many users agreed that the shoe provides excellent breathability for the foot.
  • Enhanced traction is provided by the shoe with the waffle pattern on its outsole which prevents the wearer from slipping.
  • Some of the testers noted that the sneaker is quite durable.
  • The outsole of the shoe goes along with the movement of the foot with its flex grooves.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the buyers noted that the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos might run a bit narrow on foot.
  • The shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

A true classic silhouette, the Nike Air Max 90 stays relevant as it proves its significance in the sneaker industry with its new look offered by Atmos and Nike. A rather attractive design without losing its exceptional quality and performance, the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos lives up to its originator’s stance. Although offered at a slightly expensive price point, this low-top sneaker is worth a grab.

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Good to know

It fits true to size, although, there may be instances that this low-top sneaker may fit a little tight and may not be suitable for those with wide feet. Women may get a pair of the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos by reducing 1.5 from their usual size.

A timeless design that conveys versatility when it comes to style, the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos exhibits a balanced combination of retro and contemporary appeal with a touch of athletic vibe into it. These characteristics of this low-top sneaker enable the wearer to rock the shoe on several occasions with a variety of ensembles that go along with it. From having a casual afternoon around town, running errands, going out at night with friends, to attending music festivals, the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos offers an on-trend style.

The design profile of the classic Nike Air Max 90 is recognizable anywhere, especially among sneakerheads. It has been offered in various extraordinary looks that have also marked their spot in the sneaker industry. The colorways of the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos displays a rather distinctive appearance that delivers a unique style.

Initially called the “Nike Air Max III,” the Nike Air Max 90 was first released in the year 1990. It officially carried its name in the year 2000 when Nike changed it to “Nike Air Max 90.” Popularity was quick to catch up on this classic silhouette, and it became one of the brand’s most iconic shoes. Over the years since its birth, many colorways and variations of the shoe were introduced by the brand as well as remarkable collaborative releases.

Some of these Nike Air Max 90 collaborations and variations have marked their place in the sneaker history and became the highly-recognized and top releases for the classic model. For one is the Nike Air Max 90 Infrared OG which is considered as the most iconic colorway of all time of the silhouette. It was re-released multiple times through the years.

The Nike Air Max 90 “Navigation” was designed by Jeff Staple and launched in 2004, following the release of his renowned Nike SB Dunk “Pigeon.” The model showcases a white/gray/brown colorway with hints of red around. The main detail on its design is the graphic prints on its upper which represents the Manhattan aerial map.

Another remarkable release for the sneaker was the Nike Air Max 90 “Moon Landing.” This variation of the classic shoe was introduced in 2014. It displays a 3D-looking design of the moon landscape with the patriotic USA flag presented on its heel. This variation is among the rare ones and is not easy to find.

The Nike Air Max 90 “Silver Surfer” was released in 2003 and it was a nod to the Marvel Comics character, The Silver Surfer which was popularly known from the Fantastic Four franchise. The model was quick to be sold out.

Joining the list was the Nike Air Max 90 “Reverse Infrared” that was introduced in 2015. The model is a tribute to its originator’s “Infrared” colorway. As what the colorway is called, it actually is the reversed version of the combination of colors used for the OG colorway. In this variation of the shoe, the focus was put into the colors gray and black, and the white serves as complementing details. The red color stayed on its places.

An iteration was given to the classic silhouette with its collaborative release, the Nike Air Max 90 x Hurley “Phantom 4D” which is a collaboration between Nike and extreme sports lifestyle label, Hurley, which is now owned by Nike. The shoe is built with a Flywire-reinforced upper which is decorated with 4D graphics. It was introduced in the year 2007.

The Nike Air Max 90 “Warhawk” was also released in 2007. It was among the most remarkable issues of the silhouette, and it instantly became a classic. The design of this version of the shoe is rooted from the American war-plane which also carries the same name. The distinctive detailing on its design is the teeth emblem on its front as well as the logo of the USAF which is presented on its rear.

Another addition to this list of notable variations of the Nike Air Max 90 is the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos. A collaboration between the Japanese retailer, Atmos, and Nike in which they took on the Infrared AM 90 and gave it the camouflage touch. A duck camo graces the mid panels, along with the toe, and on the tongue while it was complemented with black suede on its upper. The shoe also was an instant hit, but that wasn’t the end of the collaboration as Atmos, and Nike dressed the classic silhouette with another remarkable look in which they call as the “We Love Nike” colorway. The model displays a distinctive Nike shoebox graphic design on its upper as it exhibits a colorway that is similar to the original colorway of the Air Max 90.

  • The signature Swoosh branding is displayed on the sides of the Nike Air Max 90 Atmos.
  • Nike Air callout on the heel part of the shoe.
  • Nike branding on the tongue.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.