Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17
The Nike Air Max 97 has had anniversaries before, but given that its 20th birthday ties in with a revival of late-'90s style, it’s a slightly bigger deal. This is one of those shoes that’s both loved and hated — an object that’s very much of its time, but one with an undeniable identity. Last year was about the Air Max 95, but next year belongs to the 97. From its inception to the strange forms it took throughout the years, Nike designer Christian Tresser’s creation has had an interesting couple of decades so far. An updated rendition of the epic running shoe. The Nike Air Max 97 was inspired by Japan’s high-speed Bullet Trains and brings back a running icon with a plush, lightweight upgrade. It modernizes its retro design with a knit upper, welded overlays and a Max Air unit for all-day comfort.
•Modernized, lightweight knit upper
•Welded overlays are a direct callout to the original Air Max 97 and provide durability
•Plush Phylon midsole for responsive cushioning
•Full-length Max Air unit for lightweight cushioning
•Waffle rubber Outsole for durable traction
NIKE AIR MAX ORIGINS
Nike's revolutionary Air-Sole unit made its way into Nike footwear in the late '70s. In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted with visible air in its heel, allowing fans more than just the feel of Air-Sole comfort—suddenly they could see it. Since then, next-generation Nike Air Max shoes have become a hit with athletes and collectors by offering striking colour combinations and reliable, lightweight cushioning.