Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max 97 Plus on feet is unique and a standout, according to several commenters.
  • This sneaker is available in a number of colorway options.
  • The majority of the users recall good experiences with the Air Max 97's full-length air cushioning, which makes every step comfortable.
  • Some fans of both the Air Max 97 and Air Max Plus are ecstatic with this model's hybrid design.
  • Most buyers of the shoe have said that they would recommend it to anyone.
  • Reflective 3M details provide visibility whenever needed and add a stylish feature to its overall design, others have noted.
  • A number of wearers remark that the air circulates well thanks to the upper's breathable textile material.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer noted that the upper took some time to break-in as it was too stiff at first.
  • A few commenters didn't think that the Nike Air Max 97 Plus’ fusion of two models looked as appealing as how others have put it.

Bottom line

Nike decided to combine some of their best 90s silhouettes. One of the results of the different fusions is the Nike Air Max 97 Plus, a mix between the Air Max 97 and the Air Max Plus.

The Air Max Plus's lightweight and breathable upper combined with the time-tested comfort of the Air Max 97's full-length cushioning have received positive reviews. Ultimately, if you are seeking new sneakers that are unique and offer excellent comfort, then this might be worth considering.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Max 97 Plus is exclusively available in men's sizes. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. It fits true to size but some of the Nike Air Max 97 Plus reviews state that it could feel stiff at first but would eventually feel comfortable after some break-in period.

The Nike Air Max 97 Plus is a new silhouette that's stemmed from two of Nike's most popular releases, which resulted in a stylishly bold and futuristic-looking pair. Fans of these two silhouettes were treated with a new and refreshing take on the 90's penchant for originality and vibrant style.

Its low-top profile could easily be paired with almost any casual ensemble while adding oomph to it at the same time. For an effortlessly cool look, opt for a pair of joggers and topped off with a sweatshirt and a 5-panel cap while the ladies can match it with a simple dress or skirt outfit for a cute and fun outfit.

This shoe's notable features are basically based on the fusion of two of Nike's most popular designs. The Air Max Plus's upper that features the iconic TPU cages and several reflective 3M hits offer a futuristic vibe that is stylishly unique whereas the Air Max 97's sole design with the visible Max Air cushioning provides a sleek look that perfectly finishes the aesthetic of the shoe.

Sneaker designs and innovations during the latter half of the 90s were big, gutsy, and loud. Two of Nike's models are a testament to this statement - the Nike Air Max 97 and the Nike Air Max Plus. The Nike Air Max 97 debuted in 1997 and became significant in the history of sneakers due to it being the first Nike shoe to showcase a visible full-length Air cushioning unit and hidden lacing system. This combined with the shoe's innovative ripple-inspired upper design made it an instant hit among sneaker fans.

The Nike Air Max Plus was released a year later in 1998, which is also another big hit for the brand because of its futuristic-looking design that seemed to originate from outer space. It was nicknamed as the Nike TN or Tuned 1 for some OG fans. The upper features TPU cages which some call the exoskeleton that provides stability and reinforcement, while its cushioning system "tuned" Air Sole units to specific parts where it is needed the most. It was also known for its colorways with ombre effects.

Fast forward to 2017 when the 90's trends became fashionable again, retro releases were obvious, but Nike decided to step it up a notch by fusing some of their best silhouettes into one design. Hybrid models became incredibly popular thanks to the Nike AM 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon. Examples of these hybrid sneakers are the Nike Vapormax 97, Nike Air Max 90/1, Nike Air Max Plus 97, and its counterpart the Nike Air Max 97 Plus.

The Nike Air Max 97 Plus displays the Air Max Plus's futuristic upper and melded it with the Air Max 97's iconic full-length visible Air unit. This model has been released in some fresh, new colorways to match its brand new aesthetic.


The Nike Air Max 97 / Plus has been released in quite a number of stylish and unique color schemes. Check these following out: black/anthracite/white, racer pink/hyper magenta/total crimson, orewood brown/rattan string/black/emerald rise, and mica green/leche blue/orange blaze/barely rose.

Some of these colorways have background stories and special monikers from consumers. Take for example the wolf grey/metallic silver/midnight navy which is also known as Nike Air Max 97 Plus in "Silver Shark." This color scheme earned its nickname from the Air Max Plus' upper famously called by the French "Le Requin," which means The Shark, due to resemblance to the sea creature. Another example is the black engine/shock orange colorway, nicknamed "Bullet Shark" which came from the Air Max 97 and Air Max Plus' monikers combined.

  Nike Air Max origins

The Swoosh brand’s innovative Air Sole technology first made its debut in 1987, but it was conceived nine years earlier in 1978. The sneaker model that was first introduced donning this technology is the Nike Air Max 1, providing consumers the experience of not just feeling but also visually seeing it.  From then on, enthusiasts and athletes have coveted sneakers with this feature.

  • The name of this shoe is stylized as the Nike Air Max 97/ Plus.
  • Instead of TN Air displayed on the heel’s counter, it says “MX Air” to symbolize the two shoes’ fusion.
  • The shoe’s midsole is made from Polyutherane material.


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