Unfortunately, the U.S. is going to have to sit this one out and admire from afar. What you see above is the Nike Air Max 97 OG. The shoe was re-issued earlier this year in Italy and now we got word the it will get an even wider release but unfortunately the U.S. will not be getting them.Getting ready to celebrate the model’s 20th anniversary, Nike has decided to bring back the model in the original colorway. The Nike Air Max 97 was a special model because it was the first Nike shoe to feature a full-length Air unit on the sole. The Silver Bullet colorway was designed by Christian Tresser and it was an instant hit in Italy, for that reason, Nike has decided to make this retro an Italy exclusive to help celebrate the models 20th anniversary.
Italy’s colors appear on the tongue and heel to help give the shoe a nice personalized touch. The Nike Air Max 97 LA Silver is set to release in Italy on December 2nd and a wider release is soon to follow for the rest of Western Europe on December 14th.The Nike Air Max category is one that’s never been too big on the translucent outsoles. Sure we’ve seen scattered styles for various pairs in that realm that go icy, but for the most part the likes of the Air Jordan line has been a bigger proponent of that treatment. Playing catch up however is the new Nike Air Max 90 ICE, a style that features geometric patterns up top and varying degrees of clear outsoles on bottom. Stay with us after the break to see a full set of images on this new pair in white/cool grey/black/infrared and look for them to launch at NSW accounts near you soon.
Taking the translucent sole to a whole new level, the Nike Air Max 90 ICE applies the see-thru effect to one of the more recognizable midsoles in sneaker history. Combined with Hyperfuse upper that reinforces the theme with a geometric pattern of ‘shards’, and this particular colorway in Wolf Grey, white and Anthracite with blue on the sole might just be the coldest of them all. This icey heat is depicted further with more photos after the jump, and you can pre-order ahead of the February release from End.