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.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