The Air Max 97 doesn’t receive the love that the Air Max 90 and the Air Force 1 Low receive but they are still quite popular to experiment with within the real world and also the concept world. These sneakers too, like the Air Max 90, feature paneling that’s fit for experimentation, leading to a myriad of new concepts that artists present to fans. This time, they’ve created yet another potential hit and it appears to feature a mix of Wolf Grey, Black, and Varsity red hues. Presenting, the Nike Air Max 97 Wolf Bred! An excellent amalgamation of fan-favorite colorways.
This silhouette emerged in 1997, as its name indicates. The low-top variant, designed by Christian Tresser, has long been touted as being inspired by Japan’s bullet trains. While this is somewhat accurate, the Air Max 96’s successor was inspired by Tresser’s observations of ripples in ponds. Furthermore, the “Metallic Silver” coloring was inspired by one of the designer’s lifelong passions: mountain bicycling. During the 1990s, most sports equipment and accessories were made of titanium and silver, which went nicely with the Air Max 97’s wavy upper. This interesting choice of design has inspired many to come up with their own concepts, including this Air Max 97 Wolf Bred.
As the moniker suggests, these sneakers feature a mix of Wolf Grey as well as “Bred” color tones that are short for “Black/Red”. Wolf Grey leather first appears on the toes and the mudguards that extend over the side panels all the way to the rears, only disturbed by a cut-out that features a small Swoosh against a vibrant Varsity Red background. Ripple-like effects also cover the side panels with a white leather strip atop the mudguards, followed by more red and white wavy patterns. Throats don a jet-black material that makes the grey and Varsity Red lacing system pop while moving up, we’ll find additional red hits on the tongues with embossed red Swooshes.
Sock liners and interiors also feature a bright red shade, likely leading down to more red inserts and black Nike branding. Although we do not have a view of the rears, we can just make out grey heel pulls that complement the other matching hits. Moreover, black midsoles with exposed grey full-length Air Units and titular Varsity Red outsoles finish off the design. If you’re interested in similar pairs, check out the Air Max 97 Black Red Silver that may scratch that itch for you! For more content such as this, stay tuned!