The Air Max 90 was immediately acclaimed for its running performance 26 years ago, but in the intervening years it’s carved out an enduring legacy as a lifestyle model. That’s how golf superstar Rory McIlroy came upon the shoe, and it’s McIlroy’s love of the AM90 that inspired its next transition: into a golf shoe.
Despite the name, the Nike Air Max 90 IT golf shoe actually foregoes the Air Max entirely, instead opting for a custom Zoom Air sole in the forefoot, promising lightweight, responsive cushioning. Nike’s Integrated Traction is utilized over the outsole meanwhile, a spikeless golf-specific tech that allows for wear both on and off the course.
Shifting to the upper, a waterproof, one-piece bootie construction keeps the foot stabilized and dry. Despite that seamless composition though, the sleek synthetic materials, the aesthetics are all too familiar. It’s the Air Max 90, after all; form and function go hand-in-hand.
Rory McIlroy is debuting the Nike Air Max 90 IT this week at the Players Championship. The shoe will then release May 13 in the black/white colorway and June 1 in white/black.