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The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 HAL is a bit wide than previous Air Max 97 variations and comes in medium width but is also suitable for those with a wide foot. Those with narrow foot measurement may opt for a half-size down to ensure a perfect fit. This low-top sneaker is available in men’s size 6 to 15 with half-sizes for an accurate fit. Women should go 1.5 sizes down to get equal sizes for this sneaker.
With a Velcro tongue where you can place some 15 patch designs created by the brand, imagine all the possibilities of customization and display of personality that can be reflected once you stick a beautifully stitched patch into this unique low-top sneaker. With a dark colorway of black/dark hazel/medium olive that resembles military air-flight themes, the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 HAL gives you the freedom to customize the look of your kicks just the way you want it.
Pair these low-top running sneakers with some patched jacket or some rugged and tattered jeans to reflect your style. With this playful design for this Nike Air Max 97 variant, it is not only a creatively designed sneaker but allows you to be creative as well.
The modern touches made on the iconic Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 HAL includes a creatively placed Velcro material on the tongue that allows wearers to set unique patch designs to customize the look. The hook-and-loop tongue top will enable you to accessorize with badges that can be placed anywhere in the tongue.
Aside from this unique addition to the iconic silhouette, the Nike Air Max 97 iteration includes an updated upper comprised of synthetic, mesh and knit material for added durability. Also retained in this Air Max iteration is the full-length air bubble midsole that is improved through the years for a softer cushioned sole.
Shoemaking giant Nike dropped the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 in time for the 20th anniversary of the model in 2017. The Air Max 97 is a trailblazing design for a running shoe as its popularity scored favorably with many sneakerheads through the years with its recognizable metallic cover and full-length signature Nike Air sole unit. Behind the design, the of the revamped sneaker is Nike’s senior designer Dylan Raasch who came up with a low-top design that integrated modern updates which significantly reduced the weight of the shoe.
To recall in the Fall of 1997, the release of the Nike Air Max 97 was often dubbed as ahead of its time with its futuristic look when its designer Christian Tresser presented the design to Nike executives. The shoe was supposed to be the first shoe to use the full-length air bubble-cushioning unit in the midsole. The first colorway was the Silver Bullet which according to Tresser was conceived after taking inspiration from metal components of a mountain bike which he initially called Nike Air Total Max. The design indicated the use of pearlescent effect with a 3M reflective material for that metallic finish to the new running shoe silhouette.
Aside from the Silver Bullet colorway, other favorite colorways for the Air Max 97 silhouette followed like the Obsidian/Royal Blue, Navy/Volt, and the Metallic Gold colorways. In 2016, Nike had a limited launch of the OG Silver Bullet colorway in Milan, Italy with an Italian flag on the tongue. A few months later in 2017, the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 was released with a single textured jacquard upper and tongue and heel pull-tabs. Also updated was the full-length Air-Sole unit that removed forefoot grooves and other parts of the sole to make the design as lightweight as possible. The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 were dropped in varying colorways that included the OG colorway Silver Bullet and Metallic Gold with Varsity Red hits.
With renewed interest in the return of Velcro material, Nike resumed selling the Air Max 90, Air Max 95, and the Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 HAL with Velcro material on their parts so that wearers can customize the look of their shoes with the use of the brand’s patches. The three HAL or hook-and-loop designs allows a personalized or customized look like the buyer of the sneaker gets to choose and buy patches and design shoe according to their style preferences. Some 15 patch designs are now being available for those who would want to customize or personalize their sneaker design. The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 HAL was released in the first quarter of 2018.
- Each shoe comes with a set of individual attachments including the Nike Swoosh logo and several other embellishments.
- Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 HAL upper is comprised of knit, mesh, and tough synthetic materials for extra durability.
- Velcro material is concentrated at the tongue where shoe owners can place brand-made badges.
- A solid rubber outsole provides traction while reflective piping at the bottom boosts visibility at night.