Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Fresh: Many buyers applaud the clean look of the Nike Air Max 90 NRG.
  • Beautiful: A lot of reviewers admire the simple color blocking of this Nike sneaker.
  • Premier: Some fanatics claim that this is one of the best Air Max 90 releases.
  • Flexible: The AM 90 NRG goes well with any outfit, several wearers note.
  • Unique: Due to the different recycled materials, this trainer cannot be completely identical to the other models.
  • Eco-friendly: A couple of customers mention that they like the recycling concept of the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Non-lasting: Few buyers are skeptical about the durability of the Nike Air Max 90 NRG.
  • Multicolor: At least one customer does not dig the colorful tongue of this version of the AM 90.
  • Counter-productive: One reviewer mentions that the box defeats the sustainability concept of the sneaker.

Bottom line

Continuing the Move to Zero campaign, Nike releases another sneaker that uses scrap materials. If you want to be different, grab a pair of Air Max 90 NRG. With its recycled materials, the Swoosh can never release an identical pair.

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AM 90 NRG: An addition to the recycled materials collection

The brand pushes the Move to Zero campaign, making the brand focus on recycling extra materials used from the other sneakers. This movement kicked off with the release of the Space Hippie collection made entirely from scrapped materials.

The recycled Air Max 90 features an upper that is made of recycled cotton canvas. It comes with a light grey base and darker colored overlays. The colorway of this sneaker definitely follows the step of the Space Hippie sneakers.

Desert sand: A trifecta of natural shades

A "desert sand" take on the AM 90 NRG sneaker is also available. This colorway calls upon the color palette of a classic Nike ACG product. It features a tan suede mudguard, sand-colored overlays with detailings that seem to nod to the terrain patterns found on maps.


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