Nike Air Max 90 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This Nike Air Max 90 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my Nike Air Max 90 shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing and width. After trying these shoes, do Nike Air Max 90 shoes run big or small?

Nike Air Max 90 shoes fit true to size for most people. However, for men, when I directly compared the Nike Air Max 90 to the sizing of other popular shoes, I found the Nike Air Max 90 to fit just a tiny bit shorter in length than many other types of shoes. For women, the sizing length was much more standard when compared to other shoes. I would suggest you view my side-by-side comparison photos where I compared the sizing of Nike Air Max 90 to other popular shoes. Click here to jump ahead to the men’s side-by-side comparison photos. Click here to jump ahead to the women’s side-by-side comparison photos.

As I mentioned above, for men’s sizing, I found the Nike Air Max 90 to run a little bit shorter in length compared to other similar shoes. For example, below is a photo of my men’s Nike Air Max 90 shoes (left) compared to Nike Air Max Excee sizing:

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As you can see, the Nike Air Max 90 runs a little bit shorter in length.

But for women, the sizing of these two shoes was much more similar. Here is a women’s Nike Air Max 90 (left) compared to a Nike Air Max Excee:

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However, it is worth noting that some women do feel like the Nike Air Max 90 fits just a tiny bit smaller than their normal shoe sizing, so if you are between sizes, it may be best so size up.

For men, the sizing length definitely runs a little small compared to many types of shoes.

But there are also retro men’s athletic shoes that have similar sizing length when compared to NAM90. For example, below is a men’s Nike Air Max 90 compared to Air Jordan 1 sizing:

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In the sections below, I will compare both men’s and women’s Nike Air Max 90 sizing to the sizing of other popular shoe brands using comparison side-by-side photos. All men’s photos use a size 12 shoe and all women’s photos use a size 7 shoe.

Men’s Nike Air Max 90 Sizing Photos

Nike Air Max 90 (left) vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Nike Dunk Low Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Nike Dunk High Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs New Balance 997H Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Saucony Shadow Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Crocs Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Adidas 2K Boost Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Vans Old Skool Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Adidas Superstar Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs New Balance 550 Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 Sizing vs Vans Era

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Air Force 1 Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs New Balance 574 Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Merrell Nova 2 Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Merrell Hydro Moc Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 vs Converse Pro Leather Sizing

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Nike Air Max 90 (right) vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 Sizing Photos

Women’s Nike Air Max 90 (left) vs Air Max Excee Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Skechers Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 (left) vs Air Max 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Crocs Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Nike Dunk Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Converse Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 Sizing vs Vans

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Under Armour Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Max 90 vs Asics Sizing

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Are Nike Air Max 90 Shoes Wide or Narrow?

Most people find that the Nike Air Max 90 has a standard width. However, some people do feel like it runs a little bit narrow.

For men, the edge of the toe box area tends to run a little bit narrow compared to other types of retro athletic shoes. You can see that when you compare the NAM90 to AF1 sizing (which has a rounder, roomier toe box):

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You can also see it when you compare the Nike Air Max 90 to certain types of modern athletic shoes. For example, below is a photo of Nike Air Max 90 sizing compared Under Armour HOVR sizing:

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If you look closely above, you can see how the NAM90 has a slightly more pointed, narrow finish to the toe. For men, it may be best to expect the NAM90 to run a *tiny* bit narrow near the toes, but overall, the NAM90 has a width that most people feel like is standard.

For women, the Nike Air Max 90 does have a design that runs a little bit narrow compared to other similar shoes. If you look closely, you can see that when comparing the women’s Nike Air Max 90 (left) to the sizing of the Nike Air Max Excee:

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You can also see it when you compare the women’s Nike Air Max 90 to the sizing of Dunk Lows:

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Still, the width sizing of the Nike Air Max 90 is pretty close to regular for both men and women. If it tilts one direction, it tilts towards running narrow.

Nike Air Max 90 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the Nike Air Max 90 fits true to size for most people. However, some men find the NAM90 to fit just a little bit shorter than their normal shoe sizing. For men, it may be best to size up if you are between sizes.

The width of the Nike Air Max 90 can tilt towards fitting a bit narrow compared to other types of shoes. If you have wide feet, you may need to size up for extra space. This is where you can read more about the width of Nike Air Max 90.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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