When Nike‘s Air Max 90 first debuted back in 1990, it boasted the largest exposed Air unit to date — and by doing so, it paved the way for other max-sized Max silhouettes like the Air Max 95, Air Max 360 and Air Max 720. Now, it’s paying homage to that conspicuous cushioning unit with a new “bubble” makeup that’s covered from heel to toe in tiny Air Max bubbles.
White mesh uppers are completely coated by these glistening globules, adding a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pebbled texture to the classic Tinker Hatfield design. Meanwhile, overlays add a visibly bold iridescent sheen that’s constructed from high-gloss synthetics and proffers multi-colored detailing.
The somewhat puzzling inspiration behind this bold choice of accent is made evident by the insoles, which feature an all-over soap bead graphic. A white rubberized Air Max heel badge and plain nylon tongue with more droplets on its patch add classic style. Down below, crisp white midsoles encase a clear Air Max cushioning unit, and unadorned white outsoles finalize the styling.
A release date for these bubbly Air Max 90s has yet to be announced, but you can expect them to hit retailers like Noir Fonce soon, complete with an MSRP of $140 USD.
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