Nike has long been inspired by their “Animal Instinct,” putting animal prints on almost everything they make. Even though it hasn’t been fully let loose yet, this new Air Max 95 still has some of this energy because the tongue is covered in a leopard print.
Hint of snakeskin and side layers make the sneaker stand out
The rest of the colorway, however, is considerably more plain, without the huge, fast cat’s markings. Only a hint of snakeskin is mixed in with the layers on the sides, which culminate with olive-colored crushed leathers and moss green corduroy. The midsole, mesh top line, and surrounding paneling, on the other hand, lack much of the same punch, changing between neutral tones of white and “Sail.”
The Air Max 95 “Leopard Tongue” looks like an interesting combination of the original AM95 design and the WMNS AM95 “Atmos” from 2014. It’s not as flashy or ostentatious as the original, but it’s a great tribute to what made the 95s so popular in the first place.