Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Air Max 97/BW is durable, according to several shoe users.
  • Majority of the reviewers found this sneaker to be very stylish.
  • This shoe fits true to size, according to most reviewers’ opinions.
  • Comfortable was a word frequently used by the consumers to describe the Nike Air Max 97/BW shoes.
  • Most fans of hybrid sneaker models were ecstatic and referred to this shoe as one of the best hybrid releases of 2018.
  • Long-time aficionados of the OG models, Air Max 97 and Air Max BW, adored this kick’s colorways as the hues were derived from the originals.
  • A significant number of purchasers praised this pair’s construction as well-made and of excellent quality.
  • Some buyers were pleased with their purchase and added that it is well worth its price.

1 reason not to buy

  • A number of online shoppers said that the blue colorway looked different compared to the photos online.

Bottom line

A fusion of two of 90’s iconic Air Max models, the Nike Air Max 97/BW’s hybrid design sent plenty of sneaker fans into mania. An integration of Air Max 97 and Air Max BW’s design and colorways, this shoe offers something unique and fresh to its market while bearing both shoes’ rich history and reputation, which most sneaker enthusiasts appreciate. More importantly, this kick is endowed with excellent comfort, durability, and stylish design - essentials of excellent everyday Nike sneakers.

Tip: see the best sneakers.

Good to know

The low-top Nike Air Max 97/BW is a unisex shoe. This kick runs true to size.

It utilizes the traditional lace-up system with an additional set of eyelets as an option for an adjustable snug fit.

A culmination of Nike Air Max shoes from the 90s, the Nike Air Max 97/BW exudes a retro 90s aesthetic through and through. The BW’s stylish mixture of materials accentuated with prominent Swoosh logos on the side exudes classic old-school good looks that perfectly complement the 97’s futuristic full-length Air Max sole.

The hybrid kick easily matches with almost any casual ensemble. From shorts to leggings, pants to skirts and dresses, it could amp up your outfit with its versatile and simple yet profound aesthetic.

A unique approach of taking two 90’s running-inspired silhouettes, the Nike Air Max 97/BW hauled the BW’s upper and set it on top of the 97’s sole marrying two icons to forge its own narrative. With an upper crafted from a combination of textile and synthetic leather materials, the rubber Swoosh design gives homage to the original BW design while the 3M reflective accent gives an ode to the OG Air Max 97. Finally, the iconic full-length Air Max unit of the AM 97 is not only innovative and historic but also provides time-tested cushioning.

Carrying on the collaborative flow between British Grime artist Skepta and giant sportswear brand Nike, the two entities introduced their third synergetic model called the Nike Air Max 97/BW SK. This collaborative model is a hybrid design that features for the first time the upper of the BW fused with the 97’s Air Max unit. The SK version intentionally bathed the shoes with mismatched accent colors with a dominantly white upper with blue rubber Swoosh and Air Max sole for the left shoe and red Swoosh and Air Max unit on the right giving a nod France’s flag and Skepta’s infatuation for Paris.

After an outpouring of positive reviews for the Nike Air Max 97/BW SK, the Swoosh brand speedily released more colorways for the hybrid model’s general release. These hues harken back to Air Max 97 and Air Max BW’s original colorways producing not only a hybrid of designs but also of iconic colorways.

Some of the Nike Air Max 97/BW’s colors are gold, silver, and hematite. Official colorway names are as follows: deep royal blue/university red/metallic silver/black also known as “Deep Royal,” metallic gold/white/black/ university red also known as “Metallic Gold,” black/metallic silver /Atlantic blue/white also known as “Big Window,” metallic silver/black/white/Persian violet also known as “Persian Violet,” and black/metallic hematite/black also known as “Hematite.”

  • The insoles are detachable.
  • The shoe’s tongue, quarter panels, toebox, and heel counter are made from mesh providing enhanced breathability.


How Nike Air Max 97/BW ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 48% sneakers
All sneakers
Top 43% Nike sneakers
All Nike sneakers
Bottom 48% low sneakers
All low sneakers


The current trend of Nike Air Max 97/BW.
Compare to another shoe:
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.