The futuristic Air Max 97 gets a Grime inspired makeover, as genre kingpin Skepta brings the gritty, urban realism and dark electronica that define the Grime sound to an iconic silhouette.
Incorporating visual influences taken from Moroccan landscapes, Nigerian fashion, and the aggressive design of the 1999 Air Tuned Max, a cult favorite among Air Max enthusiasts, Skepta’s signature take on the Air Max 97 seamlessly blends a street ready, performance aesthetic with the decorative embellishments seen in Moroccan design.
The shoe’s single layer upper features iridescent, polyurethane coated, rose gold leather and black mesh, while Nike Ultra tooling creates a lighter weight version of the original Air Max 97. Braided embroidery along the tongue and heel, along with a printed insole provide the Moroccan inspired adornment. As a reference to Skepta’s love for the late 90s Nike design, the insole also features a signature ‘Sk” logo, in the style of the Tuned Air logo.
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