Back in the '70s, Nike was having a little bit of an identity crisis. While the company was definitely making money by selling sneakers from other brands, Phil Knight wanted the Oregon label to be so much more than just that. Out of nowhere, NASA aerospace engineer Marion Frank Rudy comes along and introduces the idea of fitting air bubbles onto sneakers, and that's how Air technology came to be. To honor M. Frank Rudy and his incredible legacy, Nike has been unveiling a selection of sneakers that are inspired by him, including the Nike Air Max 90 "Barometer."
Named after the scientific instrument used to measure air pressure, Rudy utilized these while developing the Swoosh's signature Air units. Working on top of a summit white ballistic mesh base, leather and suede panels in sesame wrap around the lateral and medial sides for a subtle contrast. The top eyelets and Swoosh are both done up in safety orange, and of course, you can't talk about this Air Max 90 without mentioning the insoles that feature blueprint illustrations of the AM 90 and its Max Air midsole. To round it all off, the sneaker comes complete with a barometer-inspired keychain, finalizing the design.
The Nike Air Max 90 SE Barometer releases in March 2023 and it'll drop alongside an Air Max 97. They'll be available at Nike, the SNKRS app, and select retailers worldwide for $140 in men's sizes. Let us know what you think of this colorway, and for the hottest sneaker news and releases, make sure you follow Sole Retriever on Twitter and download our officialMobile App if you haven't already!
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