Nike's Zoom Air cushioning wasn't brand-new for 1997 - it had appeared in 1995's Zoom Flight basketball shoe, and previously as "Tensile Air" in the LWP series. The Spiridon, however, a primarily mesh running shoe with major hits of 3M and a foil Swoosh, gave the technology an all-new showcase. And Air Max had a serious competitor, right in its own family.