Who should buy the Nike Air Max 90 Surplus

The Nike Air Max 90 Surplus is an absolute buy for: 

  • those who want a weatherproof kick
  • sneaker enthusiasts who want a tough and rugged shoe
  • those who love to tackle outdoor adventures
  • Nike fans who want a tough shoe that can withstand harsh elements

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Who should NOT buy it

Don't get the Air Max 90 Surplus if you want waterproof shoes. Its weatherproofed upper is not foolproof when it comes to keeping water out. 

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus weatherproofed

And if you want a featherlight sneaker, you can write this off too.

Digs into the ground

Many Nike Air Max 90 Surplus wearers affirm that the trail-looking lugs dig into the snow. It minimizes slippage and offers stable footing.

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus grippy lugs

According to them, the larger lugs  "grips better" in contrast to the waffle tread on the previous models.

Whatever the weather, take the Nike AM 90 Surplus 

Sneaker buyers brag about its strength to “survive in wet and cold conditions” due to its windproofing and liquid-resistant capabilities. 

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus water-resistant

It has a Cordura nylon fabric — a non-porous and water-resistant textile — that takes up a large portion of the upper. Water beads up and trickles down, so it doesn’t get absorbed by the shoe. 

On top of this, its tactical mudguard can repel water. 

Your friend for the outdoors

Unlike other Air Max 90 varieties, this tough one is useful for camping and walks on partially rugged surfaces. 

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus mudguard

Built for the roughest conditions

Its toe cap and outer edges are reinforced with a material that doesn’t wear off quickly. With its muscles, numerous say that the AM 90 is a "tough one," given its hard-bitten overlays and tough-wear plasticky accents. 

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus heel

This military-style, workwear-inspired kick adds up to Nike’s retro lineup that’s wearable under light rains, snowy, and rugged terrains. 

The Nike Air Max 90 Surplus loves the feet! 

The shoe's midsole foam is very cushy while its Air unit provides a responsive and shock-absorbing ride. 

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They do their jobs so well; there are NO reports of sore feet. 

Tough-lookin' stunner

Even as it appears like a safety shoe, many wearers find this "chic" and wearable with street-style outfits. 

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus lacing system

It comes in earth colors, which you can pair up with outdoor, athletic, and casual wear. The Desert Camo colorway comes as a cheaper alternative to the Off White spinoff

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus padded collar

Not your typical weatherproofed sneaker

It doesn’t make their feet steam after a few walking miles.

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus breathability

Easy on the wrinkles

Wear testers express that it creases across the forefoot after a few uses.

Nike Air Max 90 Surplus forefoot

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 90
Style: Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 90
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Nylon, Cordura / Fabric

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