Verdict from 9 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers say the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 sneaker feels comfortable because of its heel to toe Air unit cushioning.
  • Some wearers say the nylon shoe upper feels lighter and breathable compared to the classic Air Max 97.
  • The special edition kicks are extremely fashionable that many sneakerheads are willing to buy them for double the retail price at resellers.
  • Wearing these eye-catching shoes had a few owners claiming to receive compliments and praises for their sneaker style.
  • Shoe elements from the detail prints, translucent upper, exposed stitching and orange tags are neatly placed and executed in the design, according to many commenters.
  • Some customers say the Virgil Abloh x Nike collab shoes are very stylish and functional.
  • Numerous buyers are quite impressed with the shoelace detailings from the color popping lace tips to the Off-White signature quotation print.
  • A few buyers are willing to spend and wait in line for the high-priced shoe because they can eventually resell the shoe.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some buyers have shared that the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 fits a bit narrow.

Bottom line

Following the successful run of the Air Max 97 silhouette in the previous year, the Off White x Nike Air Max 97 collaboration brings us to a new level of streetwear combining nostalgia and modern styling from Virgil Abloh’s Italian fashion label. 

The result of this much-awaited collaboration is a highly coveted silhouette that exemplifies the deconstructed and minimalist design of the Off-White brand. While it is steeply-priced, it continuously attracts fashionistas because of its stylish detailings like the zip tag, printed quotation, and shoelace accents.

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Good to know

The special edition Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 is available in men’s as well as women’s sizing. It has a sleek construction that can fit a bit narrow, especially to those with wide feet. With a low-top silhouette, it allows the foot and ankle to move without restriction. 

Fashionistas and hypebeasts have long awaited the release of this special edition collaboration between Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label and the Swoosh brand. As part of The Ten Collection, the Off White x Nike Air Max 97 has been given an even prominent status that sneakerheads donning a pair are transformed into serious street style patrons.

Some wearers of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 who love wearing these fashionable collab kick have worn joggers, track pants, and above the ankle trousers to get their sought after kicks noticed. These stylish kicks in white or black colorway are the epitome of luxe athleisure as their steep prices only mean this particular footwear is only accessible for those who can really afford to rock its sophisticated style.

The minimalist feel and premium detailing of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 sneakers are beautifully executed in the silhouette imagined by Christian Tresser. These shoes are given a modern Virgil Abloh touch in the white seamless upper contrasted by black printed Swoosh, “AIR” printing, and the signature orange zip tie and tags of the Off-White label. 

Retaining the comfort of the original, the shoe has a full-length visible air unit at the midsole for a lightweight, responsive, and comfy cushioning. The shoelaces of the shoe were also given premium detailing with a “SHOELACES” print and green lace tips.

One of the bestselling designs of the Swoosh brand is the Nike Air Max 97 sneaker. Designed by Christian Tresser as a homage to the Japanese bullet trains and inspired by the reflective materials and metallic curves of a mountain bike, the design is among the most popular among the Nike Air Max shoe collections. The Air Max 97 sneaker is the first to feature a full-length visible air unit at the bottom with pressurized air enclosed in the air units to provide superior cushioning and comfort.

The bestselling design is now given a distinctive makeover by Italian fashion label Off-White led by its chief executive officer Virgil Abloh. The Off-White x Nike Air 97 is patterned, however, after the Ultra-version of the sneaker with fewer overlays and sleek and lighter design. The design is part of the Off-White The Ten Collection which celebrates the most iconic silhouettes of Nike, Converse, and the Jordan brand. The collection includes the Air Jordan 1, Nike Air Presto, Nike Vapormax, Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Blazer, Nike Hyperdunk, Nike Zoom Fly, Converse Chuck Taylor, and the Air Max 97.

The Off-White makeover on the Nike Air Max 97, however, is rather minimalist highlighting only the best features of the design and stripping into the basics. In The Ten: Nike Air Max 97, Off-White blurred the often recognizable wavy lines in the upper to offer a seamless nylon-like upper making the full-length Air unit shine even more.

The futuristic design also plays with translucent styling and outrageous branding evident in the large Swoosh and Off-White’s Helvetica font in the quoted “AIR” printed in the upper. The design is also further given an Off-White makeover with the orange zip-tie and tags that give the all-white Ghosting design a much-needed color pop.

  • Aside from the all-white colorway of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 that came out in The Ten Collection, several other iterations of the Off-White x Air Max 97 collaboration came out including  Black, Menta, Serena, and Queen colorways were also dropped.
  • Celebrities and personalities spotted wearing the collaboration shoe include ballers, Russel Westbrook, Jason Tatum, and Landry Shamet, musicians Skepta and Chance the Rapper.


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