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Travel in time with different Nike Air Max models

11/14/2021
Travel in time with different Nike Air Max models

Everyone knows the iconic Air sneakers from the Swoosh Brand. Many of the Nike Air Max models have achieved incredible popularity over the many years they have been around. But, do you know how the models have changed in recent years? What materials and designs are new and is the cushioning technology still the same as it was some 31 years ago? JD Sports has dealt with this very topic and today we want to take a detailed look at it. We look at three models and jump into the past and the future to compare.

Let's start travelling into the past.

Nike Air Max 90 vs 2090

Our first stop on the journey is 1990, the year the legendary Air Max 90 was released. 30 years later, in 2020, Nike celebrated the 30th anniversary of the silhouette and also released a new futuristic edition of the sneaker. The Nike Air Max 2090 is the successor model of the icon.

You can directly see the differences between old and new. The Air Max 2090 uses different materials and also looks more futuristic. The leather has been replaced by textile, the logo is much more minimalist on the side of the sneaker and the cushioning is also more intense and visually dominant, which has a positive effect on the running experience.

Nike Air Max 90

I have also picked out two popular colorways for you. Feel free to take a closer look at them.

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There are many different colorways of both the classic Air Max 90 and the 2090 on offer at JD. Click the button to go directly to the offer.


Nike Air Max 93 vs 270

Our next time jump takes us back to 1993, because three years after the Air Max 90 was released, the Nike Air Max 93 came onto the market. The sneaker was designed by Tinker Hatfield and also made it into the list of popular Nike Air Max sneakers. The thicker Air Unit technology also made this sneaker a popular running shoe.

Then in 2018 came the successor model. The Nike Air Max 270 replaced the old design and took a lot of inspiration from the 93 silhouette. Although the Air Unit became even thicker, this shoe is a pure lifestyle sneaker.

In direct comparison, you can see that the upper material, which was previously leather, has been replaced by textile and synthetic. Other changes include the addition of a Swoosh on the side of the toe box, a tab on the heel and Air 270 lettering on the side. All in all, the AM270 looks like a futuristic running shoe, even though it is a lifestyle sneaker.

Nike Air Max 93 vs 270

Once again, I've picked out two popular colorways of the AM270 for you at JD Sports.

There are, of course, many different colours of the AM270. Our partner JD Sports has a large selection on the website, so just click on the button here and browse a bit.


Nike Air Max Flyknit vs Vapormax 2021

Our last stop is 2017, the year Nike first released a Vapormax model. The sneaker was again a revolution of the times with its evolved midsole with multiple Air Units and breathable Flyknit upper.

This year, the new Nike Air Vapormax 2021 came out with a very similar look to its predecessor four years ago. However, there are a few notable changes: the new materials of the Vapormax are now made from recycled raw materials and thus also do their part for more sustainability.

Furthermore, we find an almost seamless surface on the Vapormax 2021. The new additional Nike Grind outsole also provides an improved running feel. The Nike Air Vapormax 2021 is more advanced and modern and a must-have for every Nike Air fan.

Nike Air Max Flyknit vs Vapormax 2021

Of course we also have two popular colorways of the Nike Air Vapormax 2021 for you.

Click here if you want to see more colours and versions of the Nike Air Vapormax 2021.


You can get even more insights on this exciting topic in this article from JD Sports: How have the Nike Air Max models changed? Here you can also find out, for example, how the Air Max 97 is developing and what successor the Air Max 95 has got. So feel free to take a look there.