Flaunt the authentic '90s spirit with the Nike Air Max 96 II

Are you a diehard Air Max fan heading towards the chunky or dad shoe lane? Nike’s twice retroed Air Max 96 might give you the style satisfaction you’re craving for. From the original Sergio Lozano design, the AM96 received its first retro spin with the Air Max 96 II XX, dropped in 2016 on the shoe’s 25th anniversary. Nike remastered the shoe by replacing its underside with the Nike Air Max Plus' sole

The underrated Lozano masterpiece gets another retrospective makeover, this time with a noticeably bulkier heel but slimmer air bubble. Nike Air Max 96 II is a genuine dad shoe, a bait for those who love anything and everything with a '90s vibe. Aside from the OG Goldenrod, which is an addition to the bed of yellow sneakers in the market, this shoe is also available in Comet Red. Both colorways mirror the era of oversized shirts (and pants!), loose-fitting shirts, and bombastic graphics, no less, the 1990s.

What makes it a dope retro?

  • Air cushioning that's fused into the heel and forefoot may not be pillowy, but it delivers shock absorption and optimum comfort.
  • This shoe gives the nod to its roots, a piece of welcome news for the Air Max purists, as it utilizes the outsole last and midsole of the original shoe for a more mid-1990s flair.
  • It comes with a modified upper that incorporates more mesh against a series of flashy white synthetic leather overlays for upbeat styling.
  • This throwback shoe is waving to the younger generation with a design that comes close to the newer breeds like the Vapormax Plus and Air Vapormax EVO


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