As any sneakerhead knows, the Air Max line is heralded as both a pop-culture sensation and an iconic point in sneaker history - especially Italian sneaker history. The Nike Air Max 97 was popular all over the world, but especially in Italy, where hype reached unprecedented levels 20 years ago. Now, in homage to that same Italian enthusiasm, Nike is releasing the 20th anniversary silver Air Max 97 in a special Italian edition.

Originally designed by Christian Tresser and inspired by the high-speed Japanese bullet train, the new sneaker features an Italian flag detail both on the tongue and the heel. Adding to these new finishings are the sneaker’s original features, including the pearlized silver colorway and the full-length air sole unit.

Exclusively being sold in Italy at selected Nike accounts, including Slam Jam Milan and Slam Jam Ferrara, the new Nike Air Max 97 will be dropping on October 5.

If you're unsure whether the trip to Italy is worth it to cop, be sure to check out the video above courtesy of Slam Jam Socialism for a quick unboxing of the sneaker.

For more about the Air Max 97, check out what happens when you wrap the sneaker in camouflage.


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