Size and fit

The upper of the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit has strategic areas for stretch, support, and ventilation. Expect to find these in areas where it is needed the most to provide a very comfortable fit. The Ultra 2.0 midsole delivers superb cushioning and comfort while maintaining the lightness of this pair. It has a low-cut profile with a well-cushioned collar which allows the wearer to enjoy maximum range of motion. The lace-up closure is present for a personalized, secure fit. 

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit Style

The comfort and the cushioning of the low-top Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit are superbly executed as testified by the majority of its users. One cannot deny the first-rate design of this pair, which in turn, making it a lovely choice for casual events.

The classic profile has been loved for 30 years, adding a modern technology will surely make it more lovable. Many wearers sport this sneaker with their casual outfits such as jeans, jogger or shorts and the ladies, sometimes, don this with their dresses. This chunky shoe will surely break some necks.

Notable Features

The Nike Air Max line is remarkable due to the visible Nike Air technology. In the Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Fkyknit casual shoe, Nike extended the plastic window to have a better view of the Nike Air unit. Another notable feature is the presence of the Hyperfuse overlays on the upper. This no-sew technique allows the shoe to retain its clean and modern finish. It also contributes to the ventilation, durability, and structure of the entire shoe.

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit History

Nike introduced the Air-Sole unit technology in 1979. This technology is a little pocket of air that provides superb cushioning and support during landings. It was first used in the Tailwind running shoe and was first visibly seen in the Nike Air Max 1.

Nike Air Max 1 was released in 1987, and it was the first footwear that has a window on its heel for users to see as well as feel the benefits of the Nike Air. The succeeding versions of the Air Max sneakers were launched using striking color combinations making it an instant hit for many fans and athletes.

  Birth and evolution of the AM90

The subsequent flagship model in the Air Max line is the Air Max 90 that was released in 1990. It was originally named as the Air Max III as the third installment in the Air Max line. It was the pet project of the legendary Tinker Hatfield which was inspired by Parisian architecture.

The Air Max 90 was easily recognized globally for its outstanding comfort. The original Air Max 90 model showcases an overlapping Duramesh, synthetic suede, and leather. The Nike Air Max 90 was able to keep its popularity 27 years after being launched in the market.  It has undergone countless collaborations and hybrids, which were admired by many fans and collectors.

Meanwhile, in 2012, Nike launched another innovation that will change the sneaker game forever. The Nike Flyknit technology is a knit fabric that has static properties of shape and toughness. The strategically placed support, flexibility, and ventilation were fine-tuned to give a light, form-fitting, and seamless upper. The Flyknit is the product of Nike’s 4-year mission with a wide array of team members.

In 2017, the Swoosh brand unveiled the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 just after the celebration of the Air Max Day. This remodeled version bore lightweight materials and constructed with weight-reducing method dubbed as the Ultra technology.

In that same year, Nike released a contemporary version of the classic Nike AM 90 by combining it with the Flyknit technology. The Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit is the remodeled version with an upgraded midsole called Ultra 2.0 and the Flyknit upper for a lighter and comfier ride.

Aside from the AM 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit, there are other adaptations of the Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 in the market. Here are the most popular variations:

  Nike Air Max 90 2.0 SE

This lightweight AM 90 2.0 version has a unique upper design that resembles the Oxford-style leather shoe without foregoing its athletic heritage. This kick kept the excellent cushioning and breathability with a price point considered affordable by the majority.

  Nike Air Max 90 2.0 Breathe

This well-ventilated version of the AM 90 Ultra 2.0 features textured mesh upper dipped in monochromatic hues giving its wearers stylish, summer-ready footwear. This sneaker also highlights its Air Max sole that maximizes its comfort and overall lightness.

  Nike Air Max 90 2.0 Essential

This streamlined version of the AM 90 features sleeker suede and leather layers found on the toe cap, eyestay, and Swoosh. The mesh was modernized into a more ventilated version. Because of its contemporary details, the men's Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Essential is suitable for the lifestyle scene as well as for short-distance running.

Additional Info

  • It has a supportive dual-density foam Nike Ultra 2.0 midsole that provides maximum cushioning and support while maintaining the lightness of the Nike Air Max Ultra 2.0 Flyknit.
  • The sockliner is made of memory foam for an enhanced cushioning
  • The AM 90 Ultra 2.0 FLyknit has a flexible Ortholite sockliner.
  • The outsole has rubber lugs for added traction and durability.


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