It has been just under 30 years since the release of the very first Nike Air Max. The brain child of Tinker Hatfield has since become a global phenomenon and with countless iterations in the Air Max family, its 30th anniversary is promising even more styles. Playing hero to the air cushioning technology from Marion Franklin “Frank” Rudy arrives the Air Max 2090 and Air Max Verona.
Leveraging the same DNA that made the Air Max 90 future-forward 30 years ago, the Air Max 2090 is designed to illustrate what the future holds. Fused with the same Air Max 90 mudguard, cassette and heel logo, the forthcoming style will not only boast design cues such as colour blocking through lightweight material and a cropped swoosh logo, but hero modern sneaker technology. With the aim of all-day comfort, the Air Max 2090 employs a larger Air unit than its predecessor, with a 200 percent larger window than traditional side-visibility Air units seen 30 years ago. And for added performance, the new style echoes the Air Max 90’s waffle outsole to employ distinct grooves for flexibility.
For women, Nike Sportswear pays homage to the women’s sneaker by introducing the new Air Max Verona. In 1992, Nike released its first women’s exclusive Air Max shoe: the Air Verona. Fast forward nearly 30 years and it will join newly-released styles including the Nike Air Max Thea and Nike Air Max Dia. The Air Max Verona borrows elements of the Air Max 90’s tooling and gives it a lifted, exaggerated heel for a unique new look. The latest women’s silhouette from Nike Sportswear also emphasises comfort as queen with the Air Max 200 unit, which as with the above, offers a window 200 percent larger than traditional side visibility Air units.
An official date for the Air Max 2090 has not yet been revealed, but will release this US Spring. As for the Air Max Verona, you can cop the look here from February 15 with additional colours available from March 5.