As the Nike Air Max 97 steps confidently into its next quarter-century, it does so by revisiting the old and embracing the new. Its latest iteration subtly nods to the iconic hues of Boston's sports lore.
This model starts its visual narrative with a dominant "Photon Dust" shade, a near-white that sweeps across most of the upper landscape. This neutral territory extends from the seamless leather mudguard to the laces, encompassing the mesh tongue in a gesture that speaks to the silhouette's original design language. However, it's the strategic "Obsidian" notes that disrupt the monochrome narrative, lending depth to the mesh underlay and mid-foot before culminating in a definitive presence on the heel tab and inner lining.
Yet, the real conversation starter is the infusion of “Malachite” green, a choice that doesn't just add a burst of energy but also serves as a loose homage to the renowned colors of Boston's sports franchises. This green makes its unmissable mark on the tongue tab, profile Swoosh, and a singular, forward-moving TPU strip, symbolizing both motion and progress.
But perhaps the most nostalgic nod is the gum rubber outsole, a classic, understated element that echoes the hallowed parquet floor of Boston's famous Garden arena. This touch of basketball heritage, paired with the Air Max 97's distinctive full-length air unit now bathed in a vibrant green, bridges eras and genres.
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Enjoy a first look at the pair in question below, and look for these to arrive on Nike.com on December 12, 2023.