The Nike Air Max 97 is a legend in the sneaker game. Designed by Christian Tresser back in 1997, it took inspiration from the ripples of water droplets and the sleek silhouettes of Japanese bullet trains. Coincidently, on the same year, Nintendo debuted the iconic Nintendo 64 in Europe, changing the gaming industry as we knew it. To celebrate this, the Swoosh has taken both ’90s classics and have combined them to create one nostalgia-filled sneaker that we never knew we needed.
Arriving in an all grey colour scheme that’s inspired by the console’s controller, contrasting green, blue, red, and yellow accents shoot across the upper, paying tribute to the N64’s legendary 3D “N” logo. “POWER” and “RESET” patches make their way to to tongues, and three black dots can also be seen on the pull tabs, nodding to the controller port that all Nintendo fans are sure to be familiar with.
Around the heel, you’ll find “AirMax” written in Nintendo’s signature font, and to round it all off, the insoles are printed with a black and white Nike logo that’s an homage to the ESRB game rating icon that all gamers will know.
Set to drop very soon, this is the perfect sneaker for fans of both Nike and Nintendo. Let us know if you’ll be grabbing this retro-inspired Nike Air Max 97, and while you’re here, be sure to take a look at the full Nike sneaker range!