Nike Weathers the Air Max 97 With a Flaky “Cracked Gold” Treatment

As the interest for aged and distressed footwear has increased, Nike (NYSE:NKE -0.23%) has taken notice as it debuts a new Air Max 97 with a “Cracked Gold” treatment. While some may prefer to slip on crisp fresh-out-of-the-shoebox sneakers, a good multitude have been trying their hand at aging the uppers or soles such as Daniel Arsham’s distressed Dior x Air Jordan 1 and Nigel Sylvester’s distressed Air Jordan 1 collaboration.


The silhouette takes on a gold mesh upper build lined with strips of reflective overlays above an underlay of black that peeps out from the overlays and mudguards dressed in gold flaky cracked foil leather. A black sock liner and mesh tongue with silver shoelaces contrast the metallic domination over a white midsole which houses a full-length Air unit sealed with a black rubber outsole.

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