Air Max 90 By Nike. Grade school. Running silhouette. Black and silver colourway. Suede and duromesh upper. Thermoplastic straps and heel tab. Visible Air Sole unit. Rubber outsole with ribbed pattern for traction. About Air Max 90. The Air Max 90 was originally referred to as the Air Max III until 2000 when it was reissued and changed its name to the year of its release, 1990. With a more striking silhouette than its predecessor, the Air Max 1, the 90 added a thicker midsole, thermoplastic straps and rubber heel patch to the updated model. Keeping the Air-Sole unit visible, the Air Max 90 trainer is retro model that has timeless style with a premium look and feel.