Nike Air Max 97
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Nike Air Max 97 for men

The Air Max 97 was not very popular during the very first release. The Air Max 98 came out six months after the release of the Air Max 97. The Air Max 98 soon overshadowed the Air Max 97, but the 1997 sneaker remained. The wavy pattern on the side of the shoe is inspired by the drop of a drop in a pool of water. This created an effect of small waves that can be seen in this. Although the first release was the 'Air Max 97 Silver Bullet' and was thought to be inspired by the Japanese metro, this is not the case. Designer Christian Tresser has said that this color scheme is inspired by the silver and metallic finish on a mountain bike.

When the Air Max 97 celebrated its twentieth birthday, Nike has fully returned the shoe, and with great success. This sneaker immediately became very popular due to the retro appearance. After the release of the Air Max 97 OG, the Silver Bullet, more and more color combinations were added. Nike has also started an Ultra line with the Air Max 97, where different materials could also be used. Since 2017 this sneaker can be found a lot and there have also been several collaborations with, among others, OFF-WHITE and UNDFTD, both of which have designed their own Air Max 97.