Who should buy Nike Air Max 1/97 SW

The Air Max 1/97 SW from the Swoosh brand is a unisex shoe that's exclusively available in men's sizes. The guys can choose from sizes 3.5 to 18 while the ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. This sneaker reportedly runs bigger than expected and consumers recommended sizing down half a size. The Air Max 1/97 is a great choice for anybody who is looking for:

  • a low-top shoe's one kind, and hybrid design that exudes a vintage yet contemporary aesthetic, with the familiar look of both the Air Max 97's upper and Air Max 1's sole
  • the combination of both old-school kicks and pastel hues sneakers that have never been done before, moreover, its retro roots offer versatility and can easily be incorporated into most ensembles
  • an extraordinary sneaker that’s bathed in unique, eye-catching color schemes and crafted with an unprecedented upper material 

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW logo

The nostalgic and exceptional style of Nike Air Max

This shoe’s colorway provides a stylish aesthetic that could be a fashionable focal point to any outfit, while the corduroy upper with changing patterns offers nostalgia and exceptional style.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW details

Superb comfort and cushioning

Lastly, the Air Max 1’s sole with the infrared bubble not only complements the upper but also provides superb comfort and cushioning.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW upper materials

In-step comfort

It utilizes traditional lace-up closure for a lockdown fit while a plush velour lining and cushioned insoles provide in-step comfort.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW heel

History of Nike Air Max 1/97 SW

The Nike Air Max 1/97 SW is the brainchild of Sean Wotherspoon who got to see his design come to life by winning Nike's Vote Forward competition in 2017.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW lacing

Nike invited a dozen creatives, whom they called "Revolutionaries," to come up with their shoe designs.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW sole

Consumers had to vote which shoe they wanted most, Wotherspoon's design won and beat the other 11 kicks. Wotherspoon's sneaker hybrid of Air Max 97 x Air Max 1 features a corduroy-crafted upper that's inspired by Nike's 80s vintage hats. Design details also add character and value to the shoe. 

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW materials

The sneaker was first released in ultra-limited amounts in November 2017. Then on 2018's Air Max Day, those who voted in the competition were given a chance to cop their pair, and another exclusive release was held in June 2018.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW back

Today, acquiring this kick is difficult, but die-hard fans with money to spare can buy it through resellers, although it would not be cheap as it sells for $600+.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max 1, Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 97
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Sean Wotherspoon
Material: Rubber Sole, Corduroy / Fabric

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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.