Model: Air Max 90 "Phantom"
Release Date: 2022
If you've stepped outside in the last six months, I have absolutely no doubts that you've witnessed at least ten pairs of "Panda" Dunks proudly striding by. Whether you're a fan or not, we can all admit that Nike struck gold with the original release, but after the fourth or fifth restock, the appeal has dried up.
That being said, you can't go wrong with a balanced desaturated palette – there's nothing more wearable. Although simplistic, it doesn't have to be basic, and this take on the Air Max 90 is everything but.
Rendered in what I'm decided to call "Elevated Panda," but dubbed "Phantom" by the Swoosh, the 90s classic pairs four tones to create a luxurious finish.
Constructed in the silhouette's staple fabrications of mesh and leather, black fills the midsole, heel, lacing portions, lining, tongue, Swoosh, and border. What truly brings this pair to life is the white, pale grey, and off-white tones that fill the remainder of the sneaker.
This trio of summer tones gives the palette a vintage feel, showcasing the best elements of the AM90 and reminding us why the shoe has remained such a staple for three decades.
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