Although overshadowed by some of its visible Air cushioning counterparts, the Nike Air Max 97 has maintained a healthy following thanks to its importance in NIKE, Inc.’s history, boundary-pushing design and array of styles. For its latest proposition, the Christian Tresser-designed silhouette has appeared in a “Dark Smoke Grey” denim makeup.
Unlike previously-released Air Jordan retros of yesteryear, the forthcoming pair doesn’t feature co-branding from a leading jean manufacturer. Instead, the greyscale option comprises of rich red swoosh branding throughout the mid-foot, tongue and outsole. Mudguards and vamp overlays are constructed from denim swaths, but they vary in shade, with the former components boasting a “Vast Grey”-reminiscent tone. All layers, however, partake in a slight-frayed aesthetic that injects a “raw” design to the classic Air Max model. Underfoot, sole units forgo any denim fabric, but maintain a predominantly dark palette, with tread introducing an icy blue into the mix. Insoles feature non-traditional branding, with those in the left shoe donning a heart graphic that ostensibly hints at a larger love-inspired collection.
Elsewhere under the NIKE, Inc. umbrella, the Air Jordan 11 “Citrus” in arrives May.
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Nike Air Max 97 "Denim"
Release Date: 2021
Color: Dark Smoke Grey/Vast Grey
Mens: N/A Style Code: DJ4643-070
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