The Air Max Shoe Inspiration Behind Every Nike 20-21 Third Kit (Except Liverpool)

In January 2020, we leaked that the Nike 2020-21 third kits will be inspired by iconic Nike Air Max sneakers - one shoe for each club. Today, after we have been able to leak every kit except Liverpool, we want to share what is the Air Max inspiration of each jersey (except Liverpool FC again). Sometimes it is easy, sometimes it is more difficult to see the links between the shoe and the kit.

Last season's (2019-2020) Nike third kits has 1990s-inspired designs which proofed to be very popular among fans and kit enthusiasts as well.


The Nike Chelsea 20-21 third kit is inspired by the Nike Air Max 180 - the red-and-blue colorway is a nod to a classic colorway. Nike will also release a Chelsea pre-match jersey with a pattern inspired by the sneaker's logo.


Liverpool's 2020-2021 third kit will be black with a checkers designs. Unfortunately it's now known which Air Max will inspire this one (yet).

Tottenham Hotspur

The Tottenham Hotspur 2020-21 third kit is inspired by the Air Max 95 - it comes with a subtle gradient design. Nike will also release a Spurs fourth kit of which the design is more or less directly taken from the Air Max 95.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico's 20-21 third kit is inspired by the Nike Air Max 2.

FC Barcelona

The pink Barcelona 20-21 third kit draws inspiration from the Nike Air Max 98 Tidal Wave.


The Internazionale 2020-2021 third jersey takes its design from the Italy-exclusive Air Max 97 Silver Bullet.


AS Roma's 20-21 third kit is inspired by the classic Air Max 'Safari' - it is black and orange with a white / black Safari design on both sides.


The PSG 20-21 third jersey is inspired by the Air Jordan 11 "Red Velvet".


The Galatasaray 20-21 third kit is inspired by the Nike Air Max Tn "Ultra Tiger" with its trademark red-to-yellow gradient design.

RB Leipzig

Nike's new team to get a third kit is RB Leipzig, whose 2020-2021 third shirt is roughly inspired by the Air Max 98. In fact, there's a 'white / deep royal blue / total orange' colorway that's similar to Leipzig's 3rd jersey.

Which is your favorite Nike 2020-21 third kit? What do you think about Nike looking back to its iconic Air Max sneakers for the 20-21 third kits? Comment below, and check out the Kit Overview for all leaks.