Classics never go out of style. Case in point: The Nike Air Max 97 sneakers. This '90s stunner has been a favorite among sneakerheads and casual wearers alike since its release. For decades, the unique upper design - inspired by the rippled lines caused by a raindrop in a puddle - has had a polarizing effect. Various iterations have hit the shelves over the years, but one thing has stayed true about this futuristic-looking sneaker - the full-length Max Air cushioning with bubble design. Twenty years in the making, the latest models of Air Max 97 sneakers stay true to the original makeup with subtle technology upgrades.
Sneaker lore has it that this model was inspired by the lines of a high-speed Japanese bullet train, but in recent years it has been revealed that designer Christian Tresser was actually seeking to emulate the metallic finishes on mountain bikes. Boasting a layered, upper design with visible Max Air cushioning, the Air Max 97 struck a sleek pose that had never been seen before. Buried within the layers of the upper material was reflective technology, ensuring that these sneakers grabbed the light with every step the wearer took. Today, the curvy, stitched upper design and reflective accents make the Air Max 97 a true standout.
Dating all the way back to the late 1970s, Nike Air technology set tongues wagging—and soles soaring—when it debuted. These small air pockets were first featured on the 1978 Nike Tailwind Runner. Athletes clamored for it, but it was everyday sneaker wearers who made the cushy, cloudlike technology a hit. Since 1978, it has seen multiple iterations and taken the comfort level of thousands of sneaker models to new heights, but its OG flavor remains the same.
With fluid lines and an iconic Air Max cushioning, the Nike Air Max 97 has a sleek look for style-savvy ladies everywhere. First released in 1997, this Air Max model has seen several iterations to end up with the design we know and love today. A low-key sneaker that has a futuristic vibe, the Air Max 97 will reign as a favorite among trendsetters and throwback sneaker-lovers alike. Originally built for running, the model has truly thrived as a lifestyle sneaker, meant for wearing everywhere your busy day takes you.
New Air Max models continue the reflective heritage of the original sneaker, with gold and silver hues for that space-age look. Other men's and women's Air Max 97 shoes are hitting the scene in trend-savvy colors like metallic rose gold and sleek monochromatic all black. Whether you've been a fan for years or are just noticing these 1990s icons, there's an AM97 for you. We recommend selecting ½ size larger from your typical shoe size to ensure the most comfortable fit as you show off these sick sneakers.