'Sean Wotherspoon' Air Max 1/97
Released on Air Max Day 2018 as part of Nike's RevolutionAIR competition.
- Nike x Sean Wotherspoon
- Air Max 1 / Air Max 97 Fusion
- Corduroy Upper
- Multi-Colour (Gradient) Blend
- Tongue Tab Decal
- Denim Heel Tab
- "VA to LA" Text Detail
Air Max 1/97 'Sean Wotherpoon'. The Nike Air Max 1/97 is a hybrid model of two iconic silhouettes, fusing the Air Max 1 and the Air Max 97. The Sean Wotherspoon variant takes the most recognisable elements of both silhouettes, the ridged upper of the Air Max 97 and the Air Max 1 outsole and midsole with the signature small air bubble unit and blends them to form a perfect harmony. The design is from the mind of Sean Wotherspoon, sneaker collector and owner of Round Two. The special release comes as part of Nike's REVOLUTIONAir competition in celebration of Air Max Day 2018 & 3 decades since the inception of the Air Revolution.
Wotherspoon cited inspirations such as 80s and 90s hats, windbreakers and vintage Nike sneakers as components that ultimately produced the final result. The upper's construction is primarily corduroy in 6 pastel colours (or layers), the majority from the tongue to the lace cage is finished in a soft yellow. Extra details include denim detailing on the heel and tongue pull tabs. The heel tab features embroidered text "VA to LA", a reference to Sean's home town and his current homestead. The unique silhouette is completed with a set of tongue decals that feature a wave motif, which allude to Sean Wotherspoon's love of surfing. The insole features a Smiley face, which is taken from a classic Nike t-shirt, 'Have a Nike day'.
Available in 1 colour: Multi. Sean Wotherspoon has also teased a number of personal pair variants of the Nike Air Max 1. Explore the SW Air Max 1/97 on Shoe Shelf or get your own pair by clicking here.
Air Max 1 — Silhouette Explored — History
The Air Max 1, the originator. The Visible Air revolution headed by Tinker Hatfield begun in 1987, 9 years after the introduction of the Air Tailwind. Tinker Hatfield cited the inspiration behind Visible Air as the Centre Georges Pompidou, a Parisian building with all of its structural elements exposed (or inverted). The idea of removing part of the midsole to expose the Air unit was derived from the buildings architectural structure. The Air Max 1's release coincided with the release of the beloved Air Safari, the Air Trainer 1, the Air Revolution and the Air Sock, but the legacy of the Air Max 1 sits in its own lane. The 1 combined suede (or nylon) with mesh across its panelled upper, a mudguard was introduced that pervaded across the whole silhouette (from back to front). In 2002, atmos Japan and Hidefumi Hommyo collaborated with Nike on the Air Max 1, famously dressing it in the patterned upper of the Air Max Safari, the collaboration is celebrated as one of Nike's greatest and most important.
Air Max 97 — Silhouette Explored — History
Designed by Christian Tresser. A silhouette very much ahead of its time, the 97 is divisive with its fair share of critics, it took awhile before people caught on and could fully appreciate the qualities of the 97, but the 97 now holds a place of reverence within the sneaker community. The signature chrome waves that make up the 97 are derived from capillary waves, the ripple observed in water when movement occurs, the layers were actually similar to the gradient effect present in the Air Max 95 but are more pronounced. The lines in between each layer are 3M providing a glistening effect for the wearer. The never-seen before full-length Air cushioning unit in the midsole was an evolution of both the Air Max 180 and the Air Max 93. Whilst the concealed lacing system was up there with the Puma DISC system & the InstaPump Fury, as transformative shoe fastening systems. Tresser referenced Mountain bike construction as the inspiration behind the material construction, with the metallic hues a consistent theme in Tresser's work for Nike (Air Zoom Spiridon, R9 Mercurial). A number of people know the 97 in relation to the Silver Bullet train, a reflection of the 97's sleek curved form and projectile presence. Unlike other Nike models, the 97 features reductive branding, with a small embroidered Swoosh present on a panel on both the medial and lateral sidewall above the midsole.
The 97 entered in a period just before the new millennium, with society obsessed with the prospect of the future, particularly with visual presentation and new visual mediums, the Air Max 97 reflected this. In major Italian cities such as Milan & Rome the shoe has become somewhat of a cultural icon, with several sources providing contradictory reasoning - the 97 became a favourite of graffiti crews in Rome & Milan, whilst other accounts suggest they appeared on the '98 Giorgio Armani runway or cite their popularity as a consequence of Neapolitan nightlife. Regardless of the reasoning the silhouette is very much Italy's sneaker of choice, with it gaining the nickname 'La Silver'.