Without Marion Frank Rudy, the sneaker industry would look totally different.
Nike is widely regarded as the biggest sportswear brand in the world, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in the ‘70s, the Oregon footwear company was having a little bit of an identity crisis. While they were doing well selling sneakers, they needed something completely different that would set them apart from the rest of the competition. Luckily for them, Marion Frank Rudy would come along around the same time to usher in a new era. An aerospace engineer from NASA, Mr. Rudy was the father of Air technology, and the Beaverton giant is celebrating him and his legacy with the release of the Nike Air Max 97 "Barometric Pressure!"
Taking on Christian Tresser’s Air Max 97 which just so happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this brand new colorway works on top of a summit white mesh base while safety orange, lemon wash, and old royal leather stripes run across the upper. An Air pocket adorns the side panels complete with an illustrated Swoosh, and “Est. 1997” printed on the full-length Max Air unit nods to the year that the AM 97 debuted. Of course, you can’t talk about this special edition colorway without mentioning the Barometric Pressure tag that comes complete with Nike branding.
The Nike Air Max 97 Barometric Pressure is scheduled to release in Spring 2023 in men’s sizes for $185. Expect these to be available at Nike, the SNKRS app, and select retailers both online and in-store, and if you plan to cop, make sure you go true to size! Let us know if you’ll be going for these, and keep it locked to our Twitter and Mobile App to stay up to date on future releases.
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