The Nike Air Max 97 hasn’t reveled in the spotlight like some of its milestone anniversary-celebrating counterparts, but it’s appeared in a handful of impressive arrangements throughout 2020. While an official release date is unknown, its recently-surfaced “White/Purple/Black” colorway complete with “Kaomoji” patches delivers a proposition sure to sell out whenever it becomes available at retailers.
At a glance, the forthcoming take on Christian Tresser’s 23-year-old design seems semi-inspired by a Halloween palette. The mesh base and signature full-length mudguard indulge in a “White” scheme, while the vamp overlays boast either silver or “Black” shimmering finishes. Collar lining, profile swooshes and pull tabs on the tongue opt into a rich “Purple” tone that’s prevalent on footwear prepped for the October 31st holiday, but ellipses near the most latter component suggest a different theme. “nike!” branding on the sockliners appears in form of a speech bubble, which is complemented by the five Japanese emoticon patches included with the Air Max pair. Underfoot, the sole unit deviates from the upper’s palette in favor of a neon green and blue combination that also appears on the lace aglets.
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Nike Air Max 97 "Kaomoji"
Release Date: Jan 19th, 2021 (Tuesday)
Mens: $180 Style Code: DD9598-100
After MarketAvailable Now
North AmericaJan 19th, 2021 (Tuesday)