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Brand: Nike

Model: Air VaporMax 97

Key Features: Nike’s VaporMax sole unit appears in place of the signature full-length bubble from the OG Air Max 97.

Release Date: March 2018

Price: $190

Buy: Nike online & select retailers

Editor’s Notes: Nike continues its march towards this year’s Air Max Day with this hybridized version of its talisman “Silver Bullet” Air Max 97. The VaporMax sole unit pairs nicely with the instantly-recognizable color scheme.

This Silver Bullet Air VaporMax marks an important time in Nike sneaker history, as one of its most iconic designs meets its most revolutionary Air unit sole.

Just how much work went into crafting the new sole unit is explained in full here. The VaporMax sole mold is composed of over 39,000 components, making it more complicated than a high-powered car engine. It took approximately 15 tries to get the shoe perfect, since the material is fused directly to the Air bag.

Christian Tresser, the man who originally designed the Air Max 97 spoke briefly about his inspirations and how the cult silhouette came to be: “Being an avid competitive cyclist, I had my eye on the mountain bike world. In that exact moment, it seemed like people were able to do a lot more with mountain bikes than they were with road bikes in terms of designs and finishes, polishes, use of titanium, anodizations. And all that inspired me. I thought mountain bikes looked very futuristic.”

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Words by Jake Boyer
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