Air Max 97

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The Nike “Air Max 97” (aka “Air Max 1997”) was the first Air Max running shoe to feature full length Nike Air Max cushioning. While the color of the original laces will depend on the pack / colorway / release, the OG shoelace style and sizing is the same across all. The Air Max 97 come equipped with standard, ropes made with a cotton / poly blend, generally between 45 and 50 inches (137 CM). If you prefer to wear your laces untied, we recommend going with a slightly shorter, 50 inch shoelace – it’s a better fit for laid back styles.

Sneaker Air Max 97
Lace type Rope
No of Eyelets 6
Lace size 45″ or 50″


Depending on your personal style, tastes and preferences, you could swap out OG laces with a variety - below are some of our favorites. Also, be sure to check out our 15 favorite lace swaps for Air Maxes

  1. Gold tipped "ROPE" laces
  2. Black "FLAT" 3M laces
  3. White / grey "FLAT" 3M laces
  4.  Red x Black "ROPE" laces

More About The 97s

The Nike Air Max 97 was first introduced to the public in 1997. As a result, Nike Air Max 97 was the first Air Max running shoe to feature full length Nike Air Max cushioning. AM95 broke barriers by being the first to have Air Max underneath the forefoot and heel, as the sneaker placed one long Air Max unit that went underneath the entire foot. Moreover, the Air Max 97 continued the tradition started by the Air Max 95 and Air Max 96 by having a prominent amount of 3M reflective material on the shoe. On the 95s and the 96s there were a few accents, but the Air Max 97 was literally covered in 3M material. This caught the eyes of many runners for making themselves that much more visible, and caught the attention of many fashion forward collectors as it separated itself from anything on the market that year.

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  1. Aileen says : Reply

    Perfect, this is exactly what I needed!

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