Size and fit

Originally built to perform on the track, this now casual sneaker, similar to its predecessor, promises to provide lasting comfort while offering ample support. Meanwhile, the upper of the Nike Air Max 90 all leather keeps the foot nice and cushy without it being too tight or constraining when worn. It is available in men's and women's versions.

Nike Air Max 90 Leather Style

Elevate your style in a snap with the Air Max 90 Leather. Known for its versatility, this casual sneaker looks good whether you’re wearing joggers, jeans, cargo shorts or leggings.

Crafted with durable leather that can keep your feet warm during cold weather, this shoe is also perceived as an excellent fall shoe option. Not only that, it is equipped with an air-infused sole unit that offers comfort 24/7 making it a dependable day-to-day footwear.

The two most popular colorway options for the Air Max 90 Leather are the true white, and then the black version.  For these colors, styling can be a bit more specific. For example, the white Air Max 90 Leather go very well with shorts and black or dark jeans. Chinos also accentuate these kicks perfectly. For a more daring and formal look, these also go great with trousers.

If going semi-casual is the goal and looking good while doing it is also on the agenda, then an all-black ensemble will work wonders. Think black turtleneck with a nice pair of skinny jeans. The whole outfit can be topped off with a wool overcoat that will be perfect for the cold weather.

Notable Features

The renowned Air bubble is front and center in this model of the Nike Air Max 90 Leather. This supplies improved impact cushioning. It also gives the silhouette its classic look. Aside from the Air unit, the Nike Air Max 90 Leather is also noticed for its leather upper that is highlighted by stitch detailing, synthetic overlays and added eyestays. The stitching enhances the shoe’s durability, the overlays improve its stability while the eyestays offer wearers customizable lacing options.

Fashion-wise, these sneakers are flawless and the design paired with the all leather material gives it the flair that makes it appealing to many. This also makes it a feature that is noteworthy in itself.

Nike Air Max 90 Leather History

Considered to be just one of the world’s most renowned and famous brands, Nike has been dominating both the sneaker market and industry since the company came to life back in 1971. Founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, the brand has become a prominent, if not, one of the most important athletic apparel and footwear manufacturers around today. Through the years, Nike moved forward with certainty in the market, garnering fans along the way as it released sneaker after sneaker after sneaker.

It’s got a lot of great sneaker lines under its name, some of these lines being the most popular and most hyped up lines out there and Nike can thank it all to the relentless research on design technique and sneaker technology that it has done. In terms of milestones, Nike has plenty.

The year 1978 marks one of Nike’s milestones. It was during this period when the global giant introduced one of their most groundbreaking finds, the Air-Sole technology. This invention soon led to the creation of a series of innovative footwear popularly known as the Air Max.

The first to make its appearance is the iconic Air Max 1. Introduced in 1987, it was the first footwear to feature a visible Air unit in the sole of the sneaker. Designed by the famous and respected Tinker Hatfield, its tech, inspired by the deconstructed architecture of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, as well as its forward-thinking design, instantly won the adoration of runners and sneakerheads alike.

  The AM90 and its iterations

Three years after the release of the Air Max 1, the Air Max III, also known as the Nike Air Max 90 was born. Another ingenious creation coming from Tinker Hatfield, this model embodies the “bigger is better” philosophy as it was equipped with a larger Air-Sole unit. Loyal supporters were treated to enhanced comfort. Its bold colorway also became the next fashion trend.

This low-top shoe, which is widely distinguished for its “Infrared” hue, was initially dressed in a color dubbed as “Hyvent Orange.”  Meanwhile, the pink look fans fell in love with was only launched in 2003. Ever since its inception, many variations of the Nike Air Max 90 shoes have come out much to the delight of loyal fans and sneakerheads.

Since then, this ubiquitous runner turned lifestyle shoe has been donned in a variety of materials, re-engineered mesh and Hyperfuse included. The first all-leather version, though, was launched in 2014. Popularly known as the Air Max 90 2014 Leather QS, this Quickstrike edition was made of soft, perforated, premium leather and was sold in selected retail stores in limited quantities.

Soon after, the brand released the Air Max 90 Leather, aiming to cater to the broader market out there. The quality of the leather used for this model is no longer as premium as the one utilized for the QS version. Also, it is commonly made with a mix of leather and suede. Regardless, the shoe’s prominence in the market remained, and the Air Max 90 Leather soon became a pair of must-haves for die-hard Nike fans and sneakerheads.

Additional Info

  • The full-length PU (polyurethane) midsole provides lasting comfort underfoot.
  • Its rubber outsole displays a Waffle pattern with flex grooves and a split in the heel. This feature gives durable grip and traction, even impact protection, not to mention a natural range of motion.
  • For branding, the “Swoosh” logo and the “Air Max” wordmark can be seen on both sides of the shoe. The “Nike Air” callout can be found on the heel. The word Nike is also embossed on its undersole.  
  • Some celebrities who have worn the Nike Air Max 90, as well as the Nike Air Max 90 Leather include John Mayer, Kanye West, Adam Levine, and Hailey Baldwin to name a few.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 90
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 90
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.