Spotlight: Nike Air Max ’97 Vac-Tech

The Air Max ’97 has always been a popular shoe in the UK, be it on the foot of the classic British chav or the esteemed sneaker head, it’s fair to say that it found it’s place here on our shores. So, it makes me very happy to see it getting a VT treatment that does it justice.

With the current popularity of Nike’s Vac-Tech, almost replacing it’s ‘vintage’ effect of the last couple of years, it’s becoming a dangerous game as more and more silhouettes get vacuumed. However, when I first saw these ’97 VT’s I fell in love. I’m a huge fan of the classic all-silver rendition of the ’97, a shoe that somehow holds and air of attitude and class at the same time, but these VT’s display the Japanese garden inspired silhouette in a whole new way and are a great example of how Vac-Tech can be used to show a shoe in a new light.

The one-piece upper only adds to the smooth, flowing nature of the original design, and the laser perforations pop so well against the Midnight Fog suede. A crisp white sole unit finishes off the shoe with classic class, allowing the infamous ’97 air bubble to shine through. This shoe also features Nike grind material on the outsole, made from recycled athletic shoes and manufacturing scraps, making this shoe that bit closer to environmental (a great way to justify the purchase to yourself).

You can pick up a pair of these gems right now from Nike for £130.

Photography: Alex Synamatix

Alex Synamatix

One of three co-founders at THE DAILY STREET, Alex is our Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all TDS activity. Outside of TDS, Alex is a respected creative in his own right, from art directing club nights (comm•une) to consulting for some of the largest global brands.

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  • RIQO

    copped these as soon as i saw them. will be the best release from nike this year. fttk

  • rob

    these look so good as a VT shoe. best of all the VTs so far

  • Sophie

    But on the link where you write that you can buy them you get to the nike page with the same model – but different color. I want that color!! Can anybody help me there???

  • Jay

    I think it’s the same colour, just a darker picture. Just ordered some so we’ll see

  • francesco

    desperate for a pair of these in size 8 but they’re like rocking horse sh….

  • chavmax

    fucking chav shit, revolting look like boats

  • Em will

    Where can I get these?????

  • Em will

    Or any airmax97’s in reasonably small sizes like 6

  • Ryan

    Where can I get these light grey ones?