Who should buy the Nike Air Max 97 Premium

Nike Air Max 97 Premium comes from a long line of Air Max iterations, which was released as a running shoe This is definitely a must-have if you opt for:

  • A low-top shoe that is comfortable for any casual activity
  • A lightweight shoe with superior foot protection

Nike Air Max 97 Premium logo

Nike Air Max 97 Premium Style

Some people fear styling the Nike Air Max 97 Premiums, but the shoes are actually easy to match with outfits. A number of users usually pair them with sportswear such as tracksuits and joggers, but you can also wear them with everyday casual clothing.

Since Nike Air Max 97 Premium low tops are flashy enough on their own, a nice pair of rolled-up selvage 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.

Women can put on a knit dress, denim jacket, and these kicks for a more styled-up outfit. You can also up the notch just a bit more by putting on striped black trousers, a tee, a black blazer, and the Nike Air Max 97 Premiums in the silver bullet colorway.

Nike Air Max 97 Premium upper

Hidden lacing system

The shoes have an adjustable fit courtesy of round laces and a hidden lacing system.

Nike Air Max 97 Premium laces

Comfortable Air sole tech

The Air sole tech keeps the shoe light while keeping the feet cushioned and comfy for any casual activity

Nike Air Max 97 Premium air sole

Insoles with great arch support

Adding to the kick’s comfort level are the removable insoles that have anatomical arch supports for superior foot protection against jarring landings.

Nike Air Max 97 Premium lining

Regrind outsoles

The thick rubber BRS 1000 Regrind outsoles enhance the Air Max 97 Premium’s cushioning and offer excellent traction.

Nike Air Max 97 Premium outsole

Nike Air Max 97 Premium History

Air Max 97s come from a long line of Air Max iterations, the original (Air Max) of which was released in 1987 and intended as a running shoe.  Nike Air Max 97 sneakers are the brainchild of designer, Christian Tresser. They were actually inspired by a mountain bike’s metallic finishes.

When the sneakers were initially released in 1997, Nike Air Max 97 shoes had a love-hate relationship with the public, seeming to draw both admirers and critics. In fact, the shoes spent less than a year on the shelves, quickly superseded by the Air Max 98s.

Nike Air Max 97 Premium collar

By 2013, the hype was beginning to build up around Nike’s Air Max 97s again and in 2017, to celebrate the silhouette’s 20th anniversary, Nike issued a few collabs for the shoes, which few designers wanted to touch before.

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 beige/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 Air Max 97s.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 97
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 97
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Christian Tresser

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.