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Nike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Max 97s last year by blinging-out the shoe in Swarovski crystals across the uppers. To continue the celebration, another colorway will also get the luxe treatment.
Arriving next week is the “Metallic Gold” Air Max 97, which is executed with a traditional mesh-based upper that’s accented by the Swarovski crystal fabric – a material that incorporates both tiny cut and uncut crystals to create a unique sheen.
The crystal fabric is applied through a heat-fusing process that forms onto the kicks without using any stitching (a women’s size 7 containing approximately 55.690 Swarovski crystals on the uppers). Adding more flair is the red Swoosh branding on the tongue and the sides with the midsole boasting a classic full-length visible Air unit in white.
This isn’t the first time Nike have sprinkled thousands of Swarovski crystals over the Air Max 97. In September 2017 the Swoosh dropped a two-pack of silver and black colourways in the same style as this “Metallic Gold” update. Ah yeah, that date; we’re all set for a December 26 launch with the time TBC. Call it Unboxing Day if you must. The price? $400. Nothing covered in crystals comes cheap.
The Swarovski® x Nike Air Max 97 “Metallic Gold” LX arrives on December 26 at select Nike Sportswear retailers in addition to Nike SNKRS. In related Nike news, you can take a look at Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers-inspired Air Foamposite Ones.