Nike Air Max 90 Vegan

The Nike Air Max 90 is an excellent model to make as vegan, since it can be used for running, and it’s got classic style.  The upper is made of synthetic leather and mesh.  It comes in black/black or grey/white.  Personally I am hating the black colorway, it looks like a pair of old man shoes.  But as NiceKicks put it, wear it if you work somewhere that makes you wear black shoes.

I don’t think these are widely available on the web.  Don’t be fooled!  There is a black/black leather version of this, and it looks exactly the same.

For more pics of the grey.  For more pics of the black.

10 thoughts on “Nike Air Max 90 Vegan”

  1. I wouldn’t worry much about the leather or the suede on the infrareds.
    On sneakerpedia it says that the leather and the suede are synthetic. I’ve chatted with a few people who work at Nike via their website and they confirmed that most of the leathers and the suede are synthetic because it is lighter than real leather. And if they were real leather they would put it on a list. I saw the link of the list somewhere on but the link didn’t work anymore. I also asked if the glue was vegan and they answered that the glue is not made from bones or hooves. So I don’t really know what’s not vegan about them.

  2. Hey everyone, I came across this and was super stoked that the Air Max 90’s were vegan, but I wanted to double check with Nike. Apparently the shoe is (possibly) vegan, but they are not sure about the stearic acid, which is used in the adhesive. Stearic acid can come from animal or plant-based sources, and Nike was unable to confirm where the stearic acid for this shoe comes from. Here is the e-mail correspondence (left out my name):

    Nike Important Information

    Discussion Thread
    Response Via Email (Bryce) 02/14/2017 03:02 PM

    Unfortunately we are unable to specify more information about the stearic acid and whether the Air Max 90 Ultra Essential contains adhesive with plant or animal based stearic acid.

    For any other questions you may have about this product or other Nike products please contact Nike customer service at 1-800-806-6453 or respond directly to this email.

    Have a great day.


    Elite Services Athlete

    Customer By Email (Customer) 02/14/2017 01:47 PM
    Hi Bryce,

    Thanks for the follow-up. I do appreciate it.

    Is there a way for me to speak with the manufacturer of the shoe, (or the source where it was made) so that we could find out about the stearic acid? I think if we go to the source, we could get an answer. Please let me know if we can do this. And just as a reference, the shoe in question is the Air Max 90 Ultra Essential (

    I really truly want to buy this shoe, but I just can’t if I’m not certain of it’s materials. It has been so difficult to find quality, stylish shoes that align with my purchasing values, so I truly appreciate all of the work the Nike customer service team has been doing on my behalf. Thanks and have a great day.

    On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 12:55 PM, Nike wrote:

    Response Via Email (Bryce) 02/14/2017 09:55 AM

    Thank you for contacting Nike with interest in our products.

    As our athlete detailed, we no longer keep a non-animal product list due to the vast product line Nike offers.
    Depending on the style, the shoes may contain both leather or synthetic materials and in some cases both leather and synthetic materials. typically highlights the materials if they are leather. If there isn’t mention of leather on a PDP, the product is likely vegan. Unfortunately we are unable to specify whether the adhesives that we used contained stearic acid derived from plants or animals.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Nike customer service at 1-800-806-6453, or respond directly to this email.

    Have a great day.


    Elite Services Athlete

  3. The Nike response is a cop-out. I’m an engineer producing electro-mechanical devices and every single item in an assembly we manufacture is specified and will have a datasheet. If they cannot be bothered to give a damn then boycott them. Simple.

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