Year Released: 1997
Standout Feature: Debut of full-length Air unit
Nike set off the Air Max’s 10th anniversary properly with the introduction of heel-to-toe visible Air cushioning. After a decade of pushing toward more Air, the Air Max 97 marked a huge achievement for the brand and gave runners more of the industry-leading cushioning than ever. It also provided more safety than ever, upping the 3M Scotchlite seen on the AM 95 for an all-over 360 degrees treatment.
From a style perspective, the Air Max 97’s speedy look and heavy levels of glowing 3M have made it something of a cult classic.