Model: Air Max 97 “Black/University Red”
Key Features: This AM97 sports an all-black nylon and leather upper atop an Air midsole, with subtle “NIKE” branding hits on the mudguard, red mini-Swoosh, and red details on the tongue and heel tab.
Release Date: Available now
Price: ¥18,000 (approximately $164)
Editor’s Notes: Upon the first inspection, Nike’s latest Air Max 97 kicks appear to be a simple uniform black upper with red accents. However, a closer look reveals the sneaker’s mudguard is marked with discreet Nike wordmark branding throughout.
As seen in the gallery above, as well as this subtle black-on-black branding, the kicks carry “air max” text in the brand’s iconic “University Red” colorway on the heel tab, as well as the mini-Swooshes on the tongue and lateral. Although a far-from-dramatic makeover for the silhouette, this subtle black take on the Air Max 97 all black is a welcome change for those looking to cop something that speaks in a whisper rather than a shout.
A U.S. release has yet to be confirmed, but shoppers can head over to Japanese retailer atmos for more details. The sneaker is currently retailing for ¥18,000 (approximately $164).
In related news, the AM97 has also surfaced in “Summit White.” More on that here.
The Nike Air Max 97 is slated to drop in yet another colorway before 2019 concludes, and it’s in this stealthy iteration with a premium detail. Black mesh and leather comprises its upper, while a trim of woodgrain print is seen encompassing the base. Additionally, a soft pink hue is applied beneath the trimming, as well as the tongues and stitched mini Swooshes. Finally, reflective detailing on the upper and a black rubber sole tops off the design.
Retailing for $160, look for this colorway of the Nike Air Max 97 at select Nike stores and online very soon. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.