Nike Air Max 97 “No Bubble:” Release Date, Info, Price

Mark: Nike

Model: Air Max 97 “No Bubble”

Release date: 2022

Price: To confirm

To buy: To confirm

Editor’s notes: What’s the most iconic part of a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers? Well, I think that’s pretty obvious, don’t you? It would undoubtedly be their once revolutionary air bubbles.

While sneaker technology has come on leaps and bounds since the early 90s when many of Nike’s most iconic Air Max sneakers hit the market, their legacy remains just as strong. Put it like this; if you were to describe or draw a pair of Air Max, be it the 90, 95 or 97, all you would need to do is mention the number of bubbles present on the silhouette.

A quick look around the perimeter of the 97, and you’ll find three sets of bubbles – two longer ones that sit on the lateral and medial sides, with a shorter version that sits at the rear. These, along with the Japanese bullet train-inspired upper design, are the defining features that have made the shoe such a famous icon over the past two and a half decades.

Well, as we ride through the end of summer, those eta-defining bubbles are getting a makeover. Essentially, Nike removes the element that makes Air so captivating – its visibility.

The “No Bubble” 97 sees visible Air hidden under a coat of white paint, turning the sole into a chunky, textured block. Additional changes have been made to the upper, including a lace toggle and a mixed construction upper that sees the typically leather and synthetic trim replaced with black hairy suede.

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Darryl A. Chapin