Model: Air Max 97
Key Features: The Air Max 97 features a predominantly silver upper constructed of mixed materials. Red, green, and blue detailing shout out the “Start,” “A,” and “B” buttons on a Nintendo 64 controller, while a yellow Max Air sole unit is a nod to the “C” buttons. Nike branding on the tongue tags is replaced with the words “Power” and “Reset,” and the ESRB rating logo is printed on the insole. The Air Max branding on the heel tab is rendered in a Nintendo-style font.
Release Date: TBC but soon
Editor’s Notes: Following leaked product images of the Nintendo 64-inspired Nike Air Max 97, German retailer 43einhalb has placed the nostalgia-inducing sneaker on its release calendar. Although the retailer hasn’t provided an exact release date, the website states that the sneaker is “coming soon.” There has been no official announcement from Nike as yet, but if retailers are starting to announce the drop, a SNKRS release can’t be too far off.
It isn’t believed this is an official collaboration, as there is no Nintendo co-branding anywhere on the shoe. What’s more likely is that the colors and tongue tag detailing are an unofficial nod to the Japanese gaming titan and a much-loved machine that was launched in 1996.
If you want to see more about Nike’s Air Max sneakers, check out the video below.
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