After the Air Max 95 revolutionized sneaker design, the unspoken question that hung in the air was, how exactly do you follow up such a game changing, impactful design. While the first follow up, the Air Max 96, worked in the same neighborhood as the 95, the next year’s model, the Air Max 97 turned heads immediately with its sleek, ultra modern, metallic silver look.
Depending on whom you ask, the design for the Air Max 97 was inspired by Japanese bullet trains, (hence the “silver bullet” nickname) the aluminum finishes applied to mountain bikes, and the rippling waves made by raindrops on standing water.
Whatever inspired the Air Max 97, the shoe looked like it had been dropped off directly from the future. The silver colorway was the first impression, but the debut of the full-length Air sole, and the hidden lacing helped make the Air Max 97 a classic on par with the 95.
With the shoe’s twentieth anniversary quickly approaching, Nike has rereleased the original, silver version of the Air Max 97, for the first time since 2012, just in time for the Holidays. After twenty years, it still looks like it’s from the future.
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