Who should buy the Nike Air Max 97 CR7

This low-top Nike Air Max 97 CR7 could be a great match for you if:

  • You are a fan of one of the sport's greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, and you want a shoe that is made in collaboration with him.
  • You want a shoe that gives a sleek, classic, goo-looking, and futuristic style that offers comfort for all-way wear.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Logo

Style of the Nike Air Max 97 CR7

University Red and Metallic Gold are the two colorways available for the low-top Cristiano Ronaldo x Nike Air Max 97 CR7. Due to their eye-catching flair, these colors may be limiting when it comes to styling.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Upper

Black pants or other dark colors will work best with the gold version, while black or khaki pants will pair well with the red color option, putting all the attention on the shoes. Neutral-colored clothing for the rest of the outfit would be ideal.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Mouth opening

Notable Features

Water-ripple panels or Air Lines dominate the upper of the Cristiano Ronaldo x Nike Air Max 97 CR7. It’s the same head-turning design that made the original model famous when it was first released. Leather and mesh make up the upper, featuring an almost monochromatic look for a sleek appeal.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Tongue

Completing the shoe's smooth appearance is the patchwork design near the white midsole, with different materials and stitch detailing.  For branding, the Swoosh is embroidered on the sides and the tongue in contrasting thread. Exclusive CR7 pull tabs are also on the heel.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Midsole

Tonal rope laces are on the front in a hidden design. There are also two additional pairs of different-colored laces that come with the model to change up the look. Yellow and green aglets are fitted on each lace end. A pull tab on the tongue assists in sliding the foot in.

History of the Nike Air Max 97 CR7

In 1997, Nike released the Air Max 97, taking inspiration from Japanese bullet trains. It was the first shoe to utilize full-length Air technology while introducing a new, hidden lace-up system. 

A year later in April 2018, Nike released another version of the iconic sneaker in collaboration with Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. The Air Max 97 CR7 is named after the player’s initials and shirt number.

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Outsole

The Nike Air Max 97 CR7 design was inspired by Ronaldo's childhood where his mother would patch his only shoe up repeatedly, covering the holes and tears to make them wearable again. It’s dubbed the Portugal Patchwork and comes in a University Red colorway, a reference to Ronaldo's Portuguese nationality. It also comes in a Metallic Gold option to honor Ronaldo’s stellar sports career.  

Nike Air Max 97 CR7 Lacing system

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 97
Style: Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: Cristiano Ronaldo
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 97
Closure: Laces

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