Facts

  • Top
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $170
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Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Majority of those who reviewed the Nike Air Max 97 Premium commended its trendy looks. Some of them wrote that they thought the design was amazing.
  • Plenty of individuals mentioned the Pink colorway as especially “fire” with the accents setting the shoe off very well.
  • The quality of the shoe got nods from several people who liked the materials used.
  • A number of people stated that the shoe felt very comfortable and the shoe felt great on their feet.
  • A couple of buyers said the shoe had just the right amount of cushioning.
  • A tester said the shoe seemed very durable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Plenty of reviewers wrote that the Nike Air Max 97 Premium was a bit too snug and runs too small. A few suggested going up half a size bigger.
  • A tester wrote in that the shoe needed a bit of break-in period.
  • One buyer said the shoe had a bit of quality control issue since the pair he bought(in a pink colorway) had the pink color stain the mesh.

Bottom line

The Air Max 97 Premium builds on the highly popular Air Max 97 model. It is as comfortable as it is stylish and has enough cushioning to make it ideal for walking or running. The shoe’s materials are also spot on regarding quality. Though the Air Max 97 Premium runs a bit small, this can be easily remedied by going up a half size or so higher.

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Nike Air Max 97 Premium History

The Air Max 97 comes from a long line of Air Max iterations, the original (Air Max) of which was released in 1987 and intended as a running shoe.  The Nike Air Max 97 is the brainchild of designer, Christian Tresser. It was actually inspired by a mountain bike’s metallic finishes, contrary to the popular notion that the shoe takes from Japan’s famous bullet trains. It had a hidden lacing system which was a first for Nike and a new technology at the time.

When it was initially released in 1997, the Air Max 97 had a love-hate relationship with the public, seeming to draw both admirers and critics. In fact, the shoe spent less than a year on shelves, quickly superseded by the Air Max 98. Despite the shoe’s divided audience in the US, Italian fans were quite the opposite. The AM97 became a phenomenon in Italy reportedly caused by the shoe being styled in the catwalk for the Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana shows staged in 1998. 

Although other models from Nike’s collection got far more than their share of collaborations, the Nike Air Max 97 did have a few. The first was with True of San Francisco which, in 1994, remade the Air Max 97 in neutral tones and added a speckled design to the sole. In the succeeding years, the AM97 would also be remade by Shady records and Sony PlayStation, and a tribute would be released in honor of Japan’s Kashima Antler soccer team.

By 2013, the hype was beginning to build up around the AM97 and in 2017, to celebrate the shoe’s 20th anniversary, Nike issued a few collabs for the shoe which few designers wanted to touch before. AM97 iterations came out from collaborations with Virgil Abloh, Undefeated, Skepta, and more. They also released two OG colorways as well a few new ones.

Premium colorways also dropped on Aug 4, called the Air Max 97 Premium. The first four premium colors were: Light Bone/Summit, Wolf Grey/Summit White, Particle Neige/Summit White, and Light Pumice/Summit White. These shoes featured contemporary color palettes and soft suede panels to go with the standard mesh material of the AM97. Other new premium colorways have followed since and a new one is scheduled for November 24 (Black Gold colorway).

Nike Air Max 97 Premium Style

Since the Nike Air Max 97 Premium low top is flashy enough on its own, a nice pair of rolled up selvedge denim and a T-shirt would be enough to accentuate your kicks. However, you can also wear it with a sharp jacket for a smarter look.

Fit & Sizing

The Air Max 97 Premium is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. For women, the sizes offered are from 5 to 11 while men’s sizes range from 6 to 15 (half sizes up to 12.5).

Notable Features

The Air Max 97 Premium utilizes Nike’s Air-Sole technology which allows the user to see visible air in the heel. The technology is also responsible for making the shoe lighter while at the same time providing superior cushioning from impact landings.

The shoe’s panelled upper features suede and mesh materials. Pull tabs can be seen on the tongue and heel and swoosh logos on the sidewall and tongue. The outsole is made of rubber.

Additional Info

  • The full-length and visible Air Max unit is prominently displayed in the midsole.
  • Nike offers adequate padding in the ankle collar and tongue for more comfort.
  • The thick rubber outsole enhances the Air Max 97 Premium’s cushioning.