Verdict from 74 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: Most buyers consider the Nike Air Max 3 as cozy to wear.
  • Breathable: Its upper is well-ventilated, according to numerous reviewers.
  • Timeless: Many reviewers like the classic appeal of this model.
  • Durable: For numerous wearers, this Air Max sneaker is sturdy.
  • Fashionable: A handful of respondents have mentioned that they like the trendy profile and hues of the AM 3. 
  • Upkeep: Some praise the easy to clean materials used on the Nike Air Max 90 OG III.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Narrow: A couple of critics complain that the toe box of Nike Air Max III is tight.

Bottom line

Nike celebrates the 30th year of Air Max 90 by reintroducing it in its classic form and moniker - Nike Air Max 3. Delighting its retro fans, it is fashioned with its OG hues with the vintage chunky profile that takes us back to Nike's glory days. It can also be a great addition to any footwear lineup as it excels in comfort and durability, just like most of its siblings in the Nike Air Max line

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Nike Air Max 3: Reviving the Air Max grail

Initially released in 1990, the Nike Air Max 3 quickly gained popularity and tagged as one of the essential sneakers in history. In 2000, it was renamed to Nike Air Max 90 and seamlessly transitioned into Nike's ultimate casual footwear. Since then, Nike launched countless colorways, collaborations, and variations of the Nike Air Max 90 in the market, boosting its undeniable charm in the lifestyle category.

In 2020, to celebrate AM 90's 30th year in the market, Nike relaunched it in its OG name. The Laser Blue color scheme of Air Max 3 features the classic icy white leather and mesh upper with ridged cobalt panel for style and reinforcement. It has a black mudguard overlay and the grey Swoosh branding on the side to complete the retro look. To further emphasize its classic style and provide unmatched comfort, this kick has the visible Air sole unit on its heel.

What is Nike Air sole technology?

The Air sole unit was the first Air technology developed by Nike. It is made of pressurized air inside the durable and flexible bag and usually located at the midsole under the heel or forefoot, or sometimes in both areas. When the wearer strikes the floor, this Air sole unit compresses to provide cushioning and absorbs the impact from the foot. Immediately, it will return to its original shape, just in time for the next hit. 


Danny McLoughlin
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.