I did it. I finally did it. I got my hands on a pair! I mentioned the Air Max 97 Silver Bullets in my top 10 picks of 2016 in terms of the Italian edition. So now that I actually have a pair from the 2017 release in front of me I can review them for you!
This 20-year-old silhouette, created by Christian Tresser, was influenced by Japanese high-speed trains… hence being called ‘the silver bullet’. It was the first of the Air Max range to showcase the full-length air cushioning technology, letting the bubble run from under the toe riiiiiight to the heel. The upper is built up of tracks all made from leather, mesh and M3.
The M3 is what gives the kick that glow when hit with the flash of a camera and looks hella jazzy in pictures, plus you’re not going to be run over at night wearing these crepes, safety first and all that ha. The M3 flows into the centre of the shoe, which locks down the traditional silver rope lacing and is topped with a baby swoosh at the peak of the tongue. Around the back, the pull tag is abolished with horizontal silver ‘Air Max’ lettering. Instead of Nikes HUGE iconic swoosh stitched onto the side, the 97 continues its legacy of miniature branding with the side panel swoosh, tiny in size but bold in colour. The logo is a statement red, contrasting from the clean silver.
You get the gist anyway, the photos showcase it all, the shoe is iconic and to anyone collecting sneakers they are a must have in your collection! The first time I saw them in the flesh I’ll admit I wasn’t 100% keen on them, I thought they looked bulky, and for anyone with a size 10 foot they would look ridiculously large. But inevitably they grew on me and the more I saw them the more I wanted them. They have released a few times this year celebrating their 20th anniversary, however, this time the drop was on a much larger scale, so many stockists had them both online and in store, making them much easier to cop this time around.
Most sites released them at 8 am GST, so I got up, loaded my tabs and hit refresh when the time came. Nike let me in first so I copped them for 130 but me being nosey I wanted to see how quick they were selling out, so I refreshed other sites, and it’s a good job I did. Footasylum stocked junior sizes for EIGHTY-FIVE POUNDS so I copped again. At times like this I am grateful for my tiny feet but then I felt sorry for my bank balance, lol student life, so I cancelled my Nike order and kept my Footasylum steal. Yeah, some of you might call me daft for not keeping the other pair and reselling, but am not into that, I don’t agree with it but that’s just me.
I love unboxing any pair of kicks, and when I flicked back the lid and saw these I was more than happy, they are so damn fresh! I’ll admit I still stand by my point about them being bulky on a bigger foot but on my size 3s they look amazing. In terms of comfort, they are a narrow fit like most other Nike kicks, so if you like them to fit snug stay true to size but if you find yourself wanting a little more room then go up by half a size.
Usually, they would be going straight on foot but the morning they came I was heading off to the gym and I obviously was not going to flex them in there. When I did get round to wearing them I wasn’t disappointed. Although slightly heavy on foot I didn’t experience any rubbing around the ankle, to be honest, I don’t with Nike kick. For some reason selected Adidas/Vans sneaks decide they want to slice my ankles open for fun.
I’m buzzing that the silver bullets are a part of my collection but there is more to look forward to in terms of the 97. May sees the release of the Air Max 97 OG Gold at leading stockists such as Nike, Size?, End and Sneakersnstuff so make sure you keep your eyes out for that one if you missed the silver bullet drop! If you managed to cop a pair of the Nike Air Max 97 OG QS Silver Bullets or you actually have a gold pair in your collection I’d LOVE to see your picks of these statement kicks, so send them over on twitter @b3cksthompson or if you want to see what is on my feet on a daily then head over to my Instagram @b3cksthompson.
If you managed to cop a pair of the Nike Air Max 97 OG QS Silver Bullets or you actually have a gold pair in your collection I’d LOVE to see your picks of these statement kicks, so send them over on twitter @b3cksthompson, or if you want to see what is on my feet on a daily then head over to my Instagram @b3cksthompson.