Who should buy Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra is low top sneakers ideal if you look for:

  • minimalist, classic, and sporty shoe
  • a streamlined designed sneaker that adds allure to any casual laid back outfit

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 swoosh

Clean and sleek upper of Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17

However, the Ultra variety used synthetic materials welded to the upper to keep it clean and sleek as opposed to the heavily stitched, multi-layered elements seen in the traditional edition.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 upper

Stability of Nike Air Max

Lastly, among the recognizable updates made on the low-top Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 sneaker is the reduced volume of air in the midsole which puts the feet closer to the ground.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 grip

Cushioning of Nike Air Max 

The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 features a removable insole that offers additional cushioning to the foot. The Air unit is a patented cushioning technology by Nike which was conceptualized by aeronautic engineer Franklyn Rudy in the 1970s. It is made up of a shock-absorbing bag filled with compressed gasses similar to the blow rubber molding technique used by NASA in creating space helmets at that time.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 cushioning

History of Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17

2017 marks the 20th year of the iconic Nike Air Max 97, one of the uniquely styled trainers from Nike’s heritage line with a standout metallic cover and full-length proprietary Air bubble in the sole.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 toe box

Creative geniuses from Nike Sportswear headed by Senior Designer Dylan Raasch came up with the low-top Air Max 97 Ultra 17, a heavily re-tweaked version of the fast-forward-looking original model. This anniversary edition integrated modern technological updates, which cut down a great deal of weight from the earlier iterations of this shoe.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 pull tab

Nike eliminated the weighty overlays of its earlier models when it came up with the Air Max 97 Ultra 17. As an alternative, this shoe is built with a single-piece textured jacquard upper that makes this edition lightweight and air permeable. The pressure-volume in the Air bubble unit was regulated, the forefoot grooves plus other regions of the sole were cored out to keep this version ultra-lightweight as compared to its predecessors.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 outsole

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max 97
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max 97
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Woven, Synthetic / Fabric

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