Verdict from 10 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the consumers adored the Nike Air Max 1/97 SW's unique corduroy-crafted upper. Some even added that the material reminded them of their childhood ensembles.
  • Almost all of the reviewers loved the sneaker's stylish and one of a kind color scheme. They said it was refreshing and new.
  • Comfortable was a frequent word used in describing this pair.
  • A number of video reviewers commended the patch feature on the shoe's tongue as it offers the option for customization and self-expression.
  • Many Air Max fans expressed excitement over this sneaker's unique design concept of combining the Air Max 97's upper and Air Max 1's sole.
  • Most purchasers admired this pair's aesthetic.
  • A couple of shoe users were pleasantly surprised at how the corduroy upper held up longer and better than they expected.
  • Some sneaker fans appreciate the fact that enthusiasts like themselves designed this kick.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Many international consumers were bummed because the kick is ultra-limited and it was harder to find a pair outside the US.
  • Majority of the reviewers said that the shoe ran big.
  • A number of wearers said that the corduroy frays quicker than leather uppers.
  • Some shoe users said that it is not as breathable compared to shoes with uppers crafted from traditional shoe materials.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max 1/97 SW is a fusion of Nike's two well-loved silhouettes – Air Max 1 and 97. This unprecedented mix of sneaker designs was enough to garner excitement and positive response from long-time Air Max fan, sneaker enthusiasts, and fashion-savvy consumers alike.

In addition to its aesthetic is the time-tested comfort that the Air Max 1’s sole provides. Despite some minor issues, most consumers wanted to get their hands on a pair due to its numerous advantages.

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Good to know

The Air Max 1/97 SW from the Swoosh brand is a unisex shoe that's exclusively available in men's sizes. The guys can choose from sizes 3.5 to 18 while the ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. This sneaker reportedly runs bigger than expected and consumers recommended sizing down half a size.

It utilizes traditional lace-up closure for a lockdown fit while a plush velour lining and cushioned insoles provide in-step comfort.

This low-top shoe's one of a kind, and hybrid design exudes a vintage yet contemporary aesthetic. With the familiar look of both the Air Max 97's upper and Air Max 1's sole, consumers recognize it and have a sense of nostalgia towards the shoe.

However, the combination of both old-school kicks and pastel hues has never been done before which intrigued and excited most consumers. Moreover, its retro roots offer versatility and can easily be incorporated into most ensembles.

A hybrid sneaker that’s bathed in unique, eye-catching color schemes and crafted with an unprecedented upper material – if this isn’t the formula for extraordinary sneakers then we don’t know what is. This shoe’s colorway provides a stylish aesthetic that could be a fashionable focal point to any outfit, while the corduroy upper with changing patterns offer nostalgia and exceptional style. Lastly, the Air Max 1’s sole with the infrared bubble not only complements the upper but also provides superb comfort and cushioning.

The Nike Air Max 1/97 SW is the brainchild of Sean Wotherspoon who got to see his design come to life by winning Nike's Vote Forward competition in 2017. Nike invited a dozen creatives, whom they called "Revolutionairs," to come up with their shoe designs. Consumers had to vote which shoe they wanted most, Wotherspoon's design won and beat the other 11 kicks.

Wotherspoon is a sneakerhead, a vintage collector, and the owner of a vintage boutique called RoundTwo. He gathered a group of people that consists of sneakerheads, designers, consumers, and creatives to help him brainstorm and design the shoe. Color-wise, the group started with brown and thought of other colors that complemented it including green and purple. Then Wotherspoon went for the pastel colors to match his signature white tee look.

Wotherspoon's sneaker hybrid of Air Max 97 x Air Max 1 features a corduroy-crafted upper that's inspired by Nike's 80s vintage hats. Design details also add character and value to the shoe. Elements such as interchangeable tongue patches, embroidered "VA -> LA" at the heel pay homage to Wotherspoon's roots in Virginia and move to Los Angeles, and a smiley face with the Swoosh logo as its mouth on the insole is inspired by the vintage "Have a Nike Day" shirt design.

The sneaker was first released in ultra-limited amounts in November 2017. Then on 2018's Air Max Day, those who voted in the competition were given a chance to cop their pair, and another exclusive release was held on June 2018. Today, acquiring this kick is difficult, but die-hard fans with money to spare can buy it through resellers, although it would not be cheap as it sells for $600+.

  • Denim heel and tongue pull-tabs are provided for easier on and off.
  • The shoe comes with three extra laces and a corduroy dust bag.
  • Added patches are available for separate purchase to interchange and customize it.
  • The yellow shoelaces are the only ones with metal lace tips.
  • The insoles are detachable.
  • SW stands for Sean Wotherspoon.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.