According to House of Heat, Nike is releasing Air Max 97 inspired by Nintendo's beloved 64-bit system. Both the shoes and the system were released months apart back in 1996/97, so it's fitting to see these generational icons honoring the era together.
The grey on the shoe symbolises the system's controller and the splash of green, blue, red and yellow is inspired by the Nintendo 64's logo. On the tongue, there are three black dots representing the controller inputs, along with a "POWER" and "RESET" button. On the sole of the shoe there's an ESRB-style rating and on the heel is a Nintendo-shaped Air Max logo.
The Nintendo 64 Air Max 97 will set you back $170 and are expected to arrive in select stores and on Nike.com over the coming months. House of Heat also speculates a potential release could align with the console's 23rd birthday, on 26th September.
What do you think of these kicks? Drop a comment down below.
They're pretty cool looking, but they'll probably be hella expensive, which is a shame.
@T0M0 nah, only a modest price of $170 + tax.
Do they smell like the 90's?
Its just Red Green and Blue, I don't get it? The buttons are a nice touch, but the rest of the design is just too understated to incite any inkling of nostalgia for the 64. Hell, it's closer looking to the Super Famicom logo!
I'm an air max guy.....and an n64 guy......but these look awful
Nike: "How about we just release N64 sneakers? No controvery or angry consumers there, just good ole retro fun."
Nintendo Fans: "Whats this? What the %&#@ am I even supposed to be looking at right now?"
But can they make me double jump?
Too bad the workers that make them weren't alive in the 90s.
i want it so BAAD but my wallet can't take the heat 😭😭😭
@Desrever Just what I was thinking! Haha 😂
I had an Air Max in the middle of the 90s, I have an Air Max now.
Both look miles better than this.
I'm all for quality retro geekness but I don't understand this design.
Definitely getting a pair of these, think they look awesome!!
50-70 dollars for a pair of New Balance that will last me 1-2 years. Or 170 dollars for the same thing but with a fancy brand name tacked on.
Shoes are meant to be worn. I don't want to spend all that money on a product like this. The cost would make me reluctant to wear them.
And honestly, if you didn't tell me, I wouldn't have guessed the theme.
Did they run it by Kapernick?
If they made it more obvious that they were based on the N64, then I would pick them up. It doesn’t even have the N64 logo anywhere on it.
Damn, I own too many air max already. But this look great. I'll have to convince myself not to find an excuse to buy them.
@GetShulked if they would have a N64 logo, it will be an instant buy for me.
I'm offended by this design. They should pull it.
@TactileSpore If by 90's, you mean "gross-out humor," then it depends on how long you walk in them.
This along with canning the shoes celebrating 4th July the one with the "Betsy Ross American Flag" they don't deserve a signal dime from me.
Well now a good time to get a new shoe from Nike - Sales up 7%
Who new pissing off lunatics was so good for business 😂
Anyway, that silver gray is not for me. But Outside running shoes I know nothing about sneakers.
Way too high-poly.
crazy price but nice l guess
@LaytonPuzzle27 - Well, till they start making shoes sans sweatshops and child labor, they haven't seen a dime from me since 2001.
Bruh, that price...
This really offends me.
Sorry is this real? .
Erm, have they ever seen an N64?
Footwear of the chavs.
They are ugly as heck
I don't know why they say they are N64 inspired, Power and Reset and grey, to me that's more PSone.
And for that price and as ugly as they are, I don't think so
@Carck What about these shoes justifies an extra 100 dollars over an ordinary brand like NB? Even the filthy rich don't just burn money on nothing.
I wouldnt say these remind me of the N64 in any way whatsoever.....
the real shame is how little the people who produce them earn and under which circumstances they are being produced. Haven't bought any nikes since I got to know about it.
Ever played GTAIII? Ares running shoes? Today I made a dollar?
Yep, it's disgusting! Screw u Nike!
Meh. Me don't like
Why does it say designed in 1997?
@Pazuzu666 Couldn't agree with more!
If you’re an American you should never buy a Nike product Again!!!
I feel like they should have mimic the console and been black instead of the controller and grey.
Not into them
You lost me at Nike. I haven't bought anything Nike branded in years.
I don’t get the N64 out of it. Also, I don’t spend 170 on sneakers when 50-60dollar/euro ones will do the same. Black and white Vans old skool or something.
If you're American you should be free to buy what you want. Or not. That's how it works.
Nothing about these even remotely scream anything about 'n64'
I'm not seeing it... And I see the N64 in everything!
They look kind of cool, but definitely not my style.
And $170 for sneakers is really dumb. That's nearly Goodyear welt territory.
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