ALL-DAY COMFORT WITH A RETRO LOOK. Inspired by a high-speed bullet train, the Nike Air Max 97 brings back a running icon with a plush, lightweight upgrade. It modernizes the retro design with soft knit, welded overlays and Max Air for all-day comfort. Benefits Knit material is reinforced with synthetic leather overlays. Max Air unit provides lightweight cushioning for all-day comfort. Low-profile rubber outsole gives you traction with a clean look. Welded design lines are inspired by the original Air Max 97 shoe. Shown: Bright Citron/Black/Black Style: AV8368-700 Nike Air Max Origins Nike's revolutionary Air-Sole unit made its way into Nike footwear in 1978. In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted with visible air in its heel, allowing fans more than just the feel of Air-Sole comfort—suddenly they could see it. Since then, next-generation Nike Air Max shoes have become a hit with athletes and collectors by offering striking color combinations and reliable, lightweight cushioning.