The Air Max 2090 comes in a nylon base upper, with mesh on the tongue and heel, and a transparent plastic mesh on top. Whilst in photos this covering looks similar to a ripstop material, you can see the holes in the mesh when you have the shoe in the hand, which does make the model very breathable,but also sadly means it is not waterproof. As previously mentioned, the sneaker takes inspiration from the Air Max 90, and you can see this
influence on the upper, as the 2090 features a similar leather mudguard on both the medial and lateral sides and a similar TPU accent on the heel of the sneaker. Other details worth mentioning are the synthetic overlays around the tongue and laces to give the sneaker some durability, and reflective 3M accents on both the pull tab and the shoe's eye stays, which will flash depending on their proximity to a light source. The upper easily molds on your foot for maximum comfort and breathability, making them an excellent shoe gym or casual wear.
The sole unit of the Air Max 2090 is just as, if not more impressive than the upper, featuring a foam midsole in the front of the sneaker, and a large encased Air unit in the heel. If this shoe was to be anything like the Air Max’s that debuted before it, it would have a stiff sole with the Air unit feeling like a wedge underneath the heel of your foot, but this could not be further from the truth. Granted, the Air Max unit isn’t especially comfortable, but it looks great, particularly because of its rubber casing that is ribbed at the heel, and its foam carrier gives such a cushioned ride, that it easily makes up for the Air unit. Nike has not given us a name for the midsole foam, so you wouldn’t be on your own if you expected it to be no better than phylon, but in reality, it is amazing. During this Nike Air Max 2090 review, we have found it extremely comfortable, and it compressed very well underneath your feet, yet our pair still shows very little signs of wear. To top it all off, the Air Max 2090 features a thick rubber outsole that is very reminiscent of the lightning bolt pattern found on the bottom of the Air Max 90. It also has the same square nub traction pattern that gives the wearer a bit of grip on hard surfaces, and like the rest of the shoe, we are yet to see any wear and tear on the outsole.
To conclude this Nike Air Max 2090 review,, this is one of the best lifestyle models of this year, rocking a stunning futuristic look, and providing an extremely cushioned ride. From the tech specs and the images online, you would not expect the sneaker to justify its $150 price tag, but once you have a pair in hand, you will understand why the shoe has received such glowing reviews. The only thing worth mentioning is that the shoes are quite wide, so we recommend most people go true to size unless you have particularly narrow feet in which case it wouldn’t hurt to go down half a size.