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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $175
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Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Max 97 Plus is exclusively available in men's sizes that stretch from 4 to 15. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. For the most part, the shoe 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.

Nike Air Max 97 Plus Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Nike Air Max 97 Plus History

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 pair 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.

  Colorways

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Nike Air Max 97 Plus is offered in Medium width.
  • The shoe’s midsole is made from Polyutherane material.

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