If you’re a fan of the Air Jordan line, chances are you already know that the man behind a majority of the Jordan designs is the same mastermind behind the Air Max 90. Yes, Tinker Hatfield gets the credit for designing yet another timeless sneaker that is still just as popular today as the day it originally released 30 years ago.
The Air Max 90 was originally known as the Air Max III as it was the 3rd edition in the Air Max lineup. It wasn’t until the 2000s before it became known as the Air Max 90. Believe it or not, the Air Max 90 was actually designed to be a running shoe, but over time it’s become a must-have casual sneaker in every sneakerhead’s collection. To celebrate its 30th anniversary Nike is delivering two pairs on June 6th known as “Home” and “Away” in Safety Orange and Royal Blue paying tribute to Baltimore.
Cream-colored leather, which is said to rub away after casual wear, wrap the forefoot and side paneling while a dark navy is used in contrast to the ankle collars and mudguards. The midsole, heel counters, Air Max Panel, Air Unit window, lace stays as well as the jeweled Swooshes show off a more royal blue color to help give the shoe a punch of color. Finally, and to give the shoe a more casual and street look, a gum outsole is used to complete the look.
The same creamy leather is used around the forefoot and side paneling and is contrasted with black for the suede mudguards, mesh tongue, and collar. Safety Orange is used on the eyelets, laces, heel counter, Air Max Panel, Air Unit window, and again on the jeweled swooshes. Keeping with the same casual look at the Royal Blue pair, the Safety Orange colorway also features a gum outsole.
Both pairs feature compass-inspired tongues that read “Home” and “Away” on the right and left foot, respectively.