How the Air Max 97 Became One of Nike’s Best Sneakers of 2017

The Air Max 97 was a first for Nike. Not only was it the brand’s original sneaker with full-length Air, but it’s also served as a re-introduction to the Air Max line, 20 years after its initial introduction in 1997. The most surprising thing about the shoe now isn’t that it’s survived and made its firm stamp in Nike’s archive, but how it also became one of the brand’s best sneakers of the year—and no one saw it coming.

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