Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 Review

Twenty years after its original release, the Nike Air Max 97 returns in the form of the Air Max 97 Ultra ’17. The model receives a modern update by paying homage to the original multi-layered design with a new lightweight rendition of the classic silhouette.

With all of the new technological developments that have been made since the original release of the OG model in 1997, Nike has been able to incorporate new technology with this update while staying true to the original design. They created a new one-piece Jacquard upper to replace the original multi-layered piece, and through this update, they were able to construct a more breathable and lightweight shoe while maintaining the wavy aesthetics that made the original design so beloved. The signature 3M reflective tracks have been updated as well, with the iconic design element now being taped on the upper rather than embroidered.

In addition to the changes that were made to the upper, they were able to bring the same ideology of the update to the bottom half of the shoes to make it more comfortable and lightweight. Small details that may not be noticeable have been implemented, such as coring out some of the foam on the midsole and adjusting the pressure in the full-length Air unit by lowering the Psi in the Air bags. The lower level of pressure in the Air sole provides a softer feel and improves on the comfort of the updated model.


The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 is available now in a wide array of colours at Foot Locker Canada and other retailers for a Canadian retail price of $215. Don’t forget to check out our recap of Site 97 by Nike Toronto & FM Founders which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Max 97 and the launch of the Air Max 97 Ultra ’17!

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