A few years back in 2017, Nike linked up with Swarovski for one of the best renditions of the Air Max 97 “Silver Bullet” of all-time. Currently above four figures on the resale market, the release sparked a trend throughout sneaker culture at the time, begetting even a sequel the year thereafter. And though the execution has been spread across other models and even appearing in a collab with Cactus Plant Flea Market, Swarovski is due to make a comeback on the Air Max 97 in 2021 in an OG-style colorway.
Like its predecessors, the scheme itself is relatively faithful to the original. Silvers dress the majority of the exterior construction, adjusting its shade depending on the panel. The thick mesh base leans towards a softer, light variant, while the crystalized overlays contrast in a glossy, somewhat darker sheen. Overlaid taping, then, wraps the eyestays, matching the lace unit immediately adjacent. And though these may not be reflective, the heel pull’s “Air Max” branding certainly is, a touch perfect to complement the jewels themselves. Elsewhere, miniature Swooshes then finish in blue along the profile, tongue, and outsole. The packaging’s been changed as well, with a match Polar Blue slide-out box and dustbags included.
For a better look, see the official images below. A release is due to arrive at Nike.com on March 25th in Asia.
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Swarovski x Nike Air Max 97
Release Date: Mar 25th, 2021 (Thursday)
Womens: $400 Style Code: DH2504-001
After MarketAvailable Now
North AmericaMar 25th, 2021 (Thursday)