OK, we know the Yeezy 350 V2 Beluga 2.0 is releasing this Friday, and… so do you probably. So let’s sidestep that one and move onto more engaging matters, one that will be polarising for sneakerheads after two classic Air Max’s sole swap, giving birth to two brand new models.
The Nike Air Max Plus and the Nike Air Max 97 are both dropping today, with a difference, as the AM Plus will feature the AM’97 sole unit while the AM’97 upper will boast the AM Plus sole.
At first glance it looks wrong, two classic silhouettes stripped of one of their defining features, but you know what, before 2017 the ’97 was a scarce sighting, and a glimpse in public would produce gawks from passers-by as they notify their friends to do the same. The year is starting to draw to a close now though and the 97 is starting to feel like an ageing model feeling the effects of a flurry of re-releases, new releases and ultra updates. But with its new facelift, the Nike AM ’97 Plus looks elevated and rugged while the Nike Air Max Plus ’97 is looking a lot more laid back with it’s sleeker new sole.
Not totally unheard of from Nike to release a model with the sole of another, however it was mostly kept to independent customers looking to differentiate their kicks from the rest. Recently though, RevolutionAIR winner, Nike and vintage fanatic Sean Wotherspoon’s AM ’97/1 creation saw him see off competition to have his sole swapped pair hit the shelves but with pairs going for $1k online maybe we’ll stick to the ’97/Plus crossover and as mentioned earlier is available today.