Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Most are delighted that the shoe comes with an extra set of laces
  • A handful of sneaker fans have mentioned that the midsole is softer than other Air Max models.
  • There are some who like the color contrast of the Swoosh logo located on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe.
  • A couple of reviewers advise that the black colorway looks perfect during the Christmas season due to the green and red linings around the shoe.
  • One commenter says that the Nike Air Max 97 x Undefeated provides excellent traction.
  • The majority are in agreement about the stylish design of this pair. They even said that it is certain to turn heads.
  • Some buyers find the shoe very comfortable.
  • A purchaser has praised the colorways available for the Undefeated x Nike Air Max 97. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • One blogger warns that the patent leather makes the upper more susceptible to scuff marks.
  • A sneakerhead comments that the white colorway of the Undftd x Nike Air Max 97 was only available at the Undefeated website when it was first released, making it very difficult to secure a pair.

Bottom line

As one of Nike’s most popular shoe lines, the AM97 became a must-have for many years to sneaker fans and casuals. One of the recent renditions of the iconic sneaker, the Nike Air Max 97 x Undefeated is a collaboration between Nike and Undefeated, names that any sneakerheads are awfully familiar with.

This footwear displays a sleek premium design but also packed with support details to offer a quality stance. As one of those “hype” shoes, the price should be the least of the concerns of the potential buyers.      

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The low-top Undefeated x Nike Air Max 97 is offered in US men’s size from 4 to 14. Generally, it fits according to size. There are, however, some who suggested adding a half size to have a bit of wiggle room.

Its leather and textile upper construction deliver breathability and flexibility while the hidden lacing enclosure offers a secure fit.

The Nike Air Max 97 x Undefeated showcases a distinct aesthetic which is called “Gucci-esque” by some reviewers due to red and green linings around the sneaker. Pairing it with skinny dark jeans and a white shirt further define its premium details. If going outside in a chilly weather, wearing a denim jacket and a red cap makes for a fresh look.      

As with the case of other AM97 models, the Nike Air Max 97 x Undefeated also exhibits the innovative Air-sole unit which provides durable cushioning and support.  The rubber outsole provides traction and grip for various surfaces.

The Nike Air Max 97 is one of the many versions of the ever-popular Air Max shoe line. Designed by Christian Tresser, it represented another innovation in Air technology. Its Air-sole unit spans the length of the entire shoe. Along with the Air-sole unit comes the inclusion of a layer of polyurethane foam, which offers runners the sport-specific crash padding to deliver more durable cushioning.  This Air-sole is also the first to be engineered specifically for running.

The Air Max 97 OG Silver Bullet is recognized as one of the iconic sneakers in shoe history. Inspired by the Japanese bullet train or Shinkansen, the Silver Bullet emanates a futuristic appearance while possessing modern support features. Its line is soft and fluid, and the color looks pristine, with a red Swoosh along the bottom side. Additionally, it is the first Air Max that displays a see-through outer layer of the Air-sole.

Nike attempted to fuse the Air Max 97 with the Air Force 1. After some trials, it was able to produce some hybrid shoes in 1998, but those didn’t generate a buzz. Another was conceptualized in 2007; an AF1 with the midsole translucency of the Air Max 97 but the public release is still tentative up to this point.

The first collaboration for the AM97 is with True, a San Francisco-based apparel store. Over the years, collaborations with various figures such as Shady Records, Sony PlayStation, and even Japan’s Kashima Antlers soccer team came about. These collaborations are coveted by collectors.    

In 2017, the sneaker store and street clothing brand Undefeated celebrated its 15th year anniversary by collaborating with sneaker giant Nike. Inspired by the OG Silver Bullet model, the Undefeated x Nike Air Max 97 is highly anticipated by fans ever since its announcement. Thanks to its heritage, style, and quality, its availability is already in doubt moments after its release.    

  • On some online shops, reselling price is at least worth a thrice more than its $180 original price.
  • The pull tab on the back displays the Air Max label while the one on the top of the tongue displays the Undefeated insignia.
  • It comes with removable insoles.
  • Hits of 3M can be found on the tongue and the panels on the mesh for an added pop at night.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com