Verdict from 72 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • This sneaker looks better in person, nearly all have confirmed.
  • One user likes the barefoot-feel the shoe provides.
  • Many appreciate its lightweight construction.
  • Among the Nike shoes, the Current Slip-On has gained recognition for its nice and clean aesthetics.
  • Others have considered this shoe as being made of quality materials.
  • This model is among the reasonable and affordable Nike sneakers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Among the few user reviews about the Current Slip-On, one user dislikes the addition of the shoelaces on this iteration.
  • Another buyer says this model is hard to put on.

Bottom line

Unknown to many, the famous Air Max 90 Current actually has borrowed elements of its design from a heritage runner called the Nike Air Current. This year, the global giant has decided to bring this classic back with a re-engineered upper and sole unit.

Dubbed as the Nike Current Slip-On, despite the presence of laces, this shoe definitely made the loyal fans of the retro runner jump for joy. Folks are happy to see the modern look and comfortable sock-like feel it is able to provide.

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Good to know

A revamped version of a classic runner, the Nike Current Slip-On is crafted with a stretchy, cleatie-like foam/textile upper with a neoprene collar. With this said, count on this lifestyle sneaker to mold to the shape of your feet, narrow or wide.

Reliable support can still be expected with the addition of the seamless taped reinforcements as well as the external heel counter. It is available in men’s sizing. 

Despite having a clean and simple-looking upper, the Current Slip-On is still a head-turner for its modern and fashion-forward aesthetics. Men, whether easygoing or always on the go, need not worry about what to wear. Versatile and fuss-free, this casual sneaker can be paired with anything including jeans, sweats, and shorts.

The familiar elastic midfoot strap and lacing system placed atop set this runner turned casual shoe apart from other form-fitting footwear. These also help improve the shoe’s fit. Moreover, its recognizable upper lays on top of an Air tech-equipped midsole and flexible rubber outsole. The former offers reliable cushioning while the latter provides adequate grip.

A lot of today’s iconic Nike models would not have been born if not for the existence of archived silhouettes, the Nike Air Max 90 Current included. Its design is reminiscent of a classic runner dubbed as the Nike Air Current which was created back in the year 1989.

Its sibling, the Nike Air Flow, launched in the same year. Both having angular cut out details in the quarter panels, these two creations were liked by many and instigated a cult following back in the days. Lightweight and form-fitting, it shared a lot of similarities with the iconic Nike Sock Racer designed by famous Swoosh designer and genius Bruce Kilgore.

Running enthusiasts and sneaker fanatics got to re-experience the Nike Air Current in its true form in 2012. A year after the Nike Air Flow was reissued, the brand decided it was time for its sibling to get a taste of the limelight. Outfitted in simple yet visually-attractive black/neon colorways, followers of this classic were pleased to see this back on the shelves.

After five years, this retro runner returns with a streamlined upper and a slimmed-down sole unit. Known as the Nike Current Slip-On, its function, however, has taken a backseat, in order to give this version a more contemporary look. Nonetheless, it still carries the original’s elastic midfoot strap and lacing system.

  • For easy on and off transition, “Swoosh” marked pull tabs are added on the tongue and heel.
  • The 1989 version had a three-eye lace-up closure. This, on the other hand, has only two eyelets for its bungee lacing system.
  • The textile lining improves the Current Slip-On’s in-shoe feel.
  • Airflow is enhanced with the addition of the Swoosh branded quarter inserts on the lateral and medial side.
  • The iconic “Air” callout can be found on the heel’s midsole. A “Swoosh” logo can also be seen embossed on the rear part of the undersole.


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Danny McLoughlin

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.