Just after collaborating with NikeLab on a mid-top Dunk Chukka, former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci is back again, this time with a mid-top take on the Air Max 97. The Air Max 97 Mid R.T. is apropos for the Italian fashion designer. After all, the iconic “Silver Bullet” colorway has a special place in the hearts of Italy’s sneakerheads.

Designed by Christian Tresser, the Air Max 97 embodies the late ’90s obsession with products designed with an implicit technological bent. Though common mythology ties the sleek lines of the shoe to Japanese bullet trains, in actuality Tresser was inspired by the similarly clunky yet functional aesthetics of mountain bikes.

Tisci filters Tresser’s original vision through a predominantly black colorway, melding luxe pebbled leather with hits of hairy suede. Gold accents at the forefoot, tongue, and aglets channel the 97’s penchant for metallics, and a raised padded collar transforms the low-top into a mid, replete with a leather pull tab on the back secured with a golden button. The Air midsole is given the spotlight with a contrasting translucent and crisp white sole.

The Air Max 97 Mid R.T. is slated to release on March 17 in Rome, followed by a series of global releases on March 24 in Asia, and March 26 (that’s Air Max Day!) in Europe and the rest of the world. It will retail for $200. You can sign up to be notified when it’s available on Nike.com.

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