We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users find the colorways very feminine and stylish.
  • Several reviewers opined on how durable and well-made the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle is.
  • Numerous commenters noted how responsive the Air Max unit bounces and impact
  • Supple leather upper really compliment the plush in-shoe feel, according to some reviewers.
  • Some commenters noted how the toe box of the shoe feels rather roomy.
  • A few sneaker fans noted on how easy it is to mix and match clothes with these shoes.
  • Some noted that the perforated leather makes the shoe airy and breathable compared to full leather shoes.
  • Many online reviewers are impressed by the use of high-quality materials and design of the shoes from the leather overlays, stitch and lace detailing.
  • Tumbled leather mudguard deflects dirt and is easy to wipe clean says some buyers.
  • Several users with orthotic problems like that the insoles can be removed and replaced with their supportive insoles.
  • While the same silhouette of the classic Air Max 90 was used, the use of tumbled leather material gives the shoe a premium feel.
  • Waffle-inspired rubber sole still packs a good grip and traction to different surfaces

5 reasons not to buy

  • Shoe runs large and ordering a half-size smaller is recommended.
  • Some commented that the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle gets dirty fast and is difficult to clean.
  • A few users commented that the shoes get scuffed after a few weeks of use.
  • Some comments noted how clunky and heavy these shoes are compared to other Air Max models.
  • A small number of customers noted that the rubber tip gets detached or peeled after heavy use.

Bottom line

A great take on the popular classic Air Max 90, the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle takes pride in tonal overlays of premium leather materials that give durability and stylish looks. However, the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle lifestyle sneaker can show signs of creasing and scratching after a couple of wears.

Still equipped with an air cushioning system and an Air Max heel unit for impact absorption, the shoes are built for everyday use for all-day comfort for a reasonable $150 per pair.


The Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle generally runs true to size with a snug fitting kept secured by flat shoe laces. The all-new sneaker released this year is available in women’s US sizes 6 to 11 in medium-B width.

A feminine treatment to the classic Air Max 90 silhouette, the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle originally came out in tonal premium leather for an all-day and all-year colorway that blends with any fashion for all seasons. The earthy colorways include Light Tan or Mushroom, Black, and Light Bone colorways for a versatile romp on the streets. The lifestyle sneaker comes in tonal overlays that are chic and stylish to mix and match with any type of outfit.

As in most Air Max designs, the Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle boasts of superior comfort that lasts all day. This comfort is a result of an air cushioning system that keeps the foot well cushioned and a durable foam midsole that results to comfortable runs or walks. An Air Max unit at the heel, meantime, provides the needed stability and shock absorption that keeps every stride with a protective bounce, smooth, and lightweight feeling.

Designed by veteran shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, the first Air Max highlighted air cushioning technology that was once only hidden inside the shoe.

Hatfield, the same creative genius behind the most popular Air Jordans and several other iconic Nike shoes, stressed the Air Max was a revolutionary design in 1987. This is because the running shoe displayed this previously hidden feature to the amazement of many sneaker fans.

Displaying the air bubble in the back sole was then thought as a provocative idea at the time when most shoe designers would have wanted it hidden. Designers wanted then to design the air cushioning unit smaller for fear that it gets punctured or makes the shoe’s transparent bottom look structurally weak.

But finally, Hatfield was able to convince Nike that such fears are nothing compared to the admiration of many sneaker fans to the Air Max silhouette which is now probably one of the most successful designs of the brand.

The Nike Air Max 90, one of the line’s most successful releases and constantly ranking well among its retro shoes, came out three years later in 1990. Also called the Air Max 3, the design is sleek with all elements that seem to fall in place.

But its most distinguishing attribute was its iconic Infrared colorway which was only applied in retro releases several years later. The OG colorway was then the Hypervent Orange which can be recalled as the one worn by six-time Ironman champ Mark Allen.

Several retro iterations and collaborations of the Nike Air Max 90 soon followed in the past 25 years while the brand continues to release the shoe in its OG form continuously due to demand.

The Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle is one model of the iconic running shoe that has been released in several colorways from 2016 to 2017 continuing the legacy of the OG Nike Air Max 90.

  • sizes to the current size for women.
  • Perforated leather in the upper keeps feet cool and well-ventilated.
  • Premium leather used in the upper gives these sneakers a high-end treatment.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.