Fall is in the air, and many will be retiring their flip-flops and slip-ons for something more weather-appropriate. And if you’re looking for some city-friendly kicks that are still capable of battling the elements, you’ve probably had your eye on Nike’s gear, especially since they’ve been perfecting this blend between style and function for years (the Lunar Force 1s are a perfect example). The Air Max 90s originally dropped in 1990, and remains one of the most iconic runners to this day. While you may not think “weatherproof” when Air Max 90s comes to mind, Nike is aiming to change that with the Air Max 90 GORE-TEX, a rugged reimagining of an absolute classic that’s perfect for staying warm and dry this season.
The construction starts with a tough textile upper featuring leather and synthetic overlays (covering the Swoosh in a unique way), and it’s finished with GORE-TEX protection and branding on the tongue and lateral side. In the middle, you get a foam midsole with the iconic Air cushioning below for both style and lightweight support. Finishing it off, a rubber waffle outsole captures the classic style and gives you reliable traction on the streets and the track.
A lot has been said about the legendary Air Max lineup, but the release of the 90s marked Nike’s second flagship sneaker, and even though they’re undeniable ‘90s, the design has managed to stay modern over the last three decades. These shoes also marked a turning point in Nike’s status, where the label became just as much of a streetwear authority as an athletic powerhouse.
The Nike Air Max 90 GORE-TEX shoes are available now for $160, and you can get them in the black, anthracite, mica green, and honeydew colorway featured above that dropped at the beginning of this month.