We all love a good-looking shoe, but innovation and new ideas lie at the core of every Nike product, way before the styling and aesthetics are applied. Watching our beloved silhouettes from the past get reworked always creates feelings of apprehension: fortunately, the results are rather good here yet again. The NIKE AIR MAX LUNAR90 C3.0 takes the best parts of the Air Max 90 and dips them in Lunarlon and seamless technology, making for a less-chunky shoe that still holds true to the original Air Max look. Let’s look under the hood and see what’s going on…
Many lightweight models over the past few years have sacrificed either fit or comfort in favour of reducing weight. Slipping your foot into the Lunar90 proves that this isn’t the case here at all: a soft collar and long tongue proves to be both comfortable and functional, holding the foot securely without the need to tighten the laces. Engineered mesh has been used extensively throughout, but the ventilation benefits are really felt on the toe box: your feet aren’t going to seat in these bad boys.
The seamless construction of the Hypermesh uppers is reminiscent of a technical jacket – all panel edging has been carefully covered with a slick translucent tape that’s both functional and pleasing to the eye and looks like it might outlive stitched fabrics as there are no edges to catch anywhere. The Lunarlon midsole has rapidly become one of the most well-respected pieces of technology in recent years, with good reason. The functionality and comfort is unquestionable and the rippled contours add an essence of movement to the appearance of the lower section of the shoe – the small Lunarlon identity is nicely printed on the medial side of the midsole too, which is a nice finishing detail.
Flip the shoe upside down and you’ve got a classic Waffle pattern: tried, tested and trusted for decades, it’s only been very slightly updated from the original in its application here. From the back view, it’s business as usual: the much-loved Nike Air logo patch is slightly less-embossed than on a regular Air Max 90, but other than that, it’s identical. The insoles are slightly thinner but a lot lighter than a regular Air Max 90, losing the functionless tread pattern underneath in order to shave a few milligrams off the package.
The only thing left to discuss is perhaps the most subjective of all aspects: the colourways. The men’s shoe here is a smart navy and grey scheme, with a hot magenta fade on the midsole, whilst the women’s is a visual antonym with wolf grey and black on the uppers and a mid-blue fade on the midsole. Either colourway works well for both sexes, so it’s simply a matter of taste here (and we’ve seen a very nice Mowabb-esque colourway in the men’s shoe too).
The verdict? These are truly premium offerings and a worthy addition to one of our favourite ranges of all-time. A flawless meeting of technology and style will always get the thumbs-up from us – and we hope to see more colourways in this model soon. The NIKE AIR MAX LUNAR90 C3.0 range is starting to drop now, and can be found via the link-through below.