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Nike Air Max 1/97 SW Performance Review

Last year, the Nike Air Max 1/97, designed by Round Two chief executive Sean Wotherspoon, won the Nike Vote Forward shoe design competition. So it instantly gets a lot of attention among the present sneaker market.

However, another model, the Nike Air Max 1/97 SW , arises in response to time and occasion. The Nike Air Max 1/97 SW integrates the vamp of Nike Air Max 97 and its outsole is full of originality. The vintage corduroy material and a variety of color combination show the sincerity of the designer. Other details like tongue stickers with wave elements and smiley faces on the insole make the shoes look very appealing.

Looking at the front part of the shoe. The corduroy uppers gives us a retro feeling toward the shoe. And many consumers adored the Nike Air Max 1/97 SW’s unique corduroy-crafted upper. Some even remarked that the material reminded them of their childhood ensembles. And with a striking mix of contrasting colors and a retractable tongue tag available in small hooks and waves, the shoe stands out among the many sneakers of today. For the shoe tongue, there is a number of video reviewers commending that the patch’s feature is on the shoe’s tongue as it offers the option for customization and self-expression.

The vamp, as you can see, is layered. And the color changes from light to dark. There is also a small hook mark on the front and middle part of the side. In addition, the outsole which is made of four colors is very fruitful. Many Air Max fans just expressed excitement over this sneaker’s unique design concept of combining the Air Max 97’s upper and Air Max 1’s sole. And as a fan of Air Max, I am also into the design.

At the heel, the collar extends from the sole to the shoe opening and there is also embroidered with the delicate letters “VA, LA,”fully showing an exquisite design.

Out of question, comfortable is a frequent word used in describing this pair. Unlike the stiffness of leather uppers,  the vamp of this one is made of soft corduroy material, which is super soft to wear. Softness and comfort are all you  can feel inside the shoe. However, despite the fact, the performance of air permeability is not outstanding; it is slightly muggy. A few buyers complaint that the shoe is simply passable and the price for it  is a bit high then.

But the soft upper, on the other hand, offers quite enough flexibility. When the player change directions suddenly, the upper responds quite well.

Consisting of corduroy vamp, a single shoe of this pair is not that heavy. Conversely, it is somewhat lightweight or in other words, its weight is moderate.

The upper is only  single-layer corduroy, thus it can not offer a very nice wrapping for the feet. It just cannot fit your feet well, so you will not feel your feet tightly wrapped inside the shoe. According to a number of consumers that they can feel the roomy shoe box and they sometimes experienced slipping in the shoe.

Then as for support, I had thought that the single-layer corduroy uppers would show insufficient support, but it just turned out to be very excellent. Unexpectedly, when you change direction you can see that the vamp has very little deformation and the foot remains stable inside the shoe.

The heel wrapping has somewhat made up for the insufficient upper wrapping. There is a soft sponge inside the heel. And the thickened heel performs nicely in terms of support. When running and the heel has some direction changes ,  the foot will undergo obvious deformation whereas the heel is still very stable.

For the traction, I just want to say that it is a colorful outsole an dis also the most colorful one I have ever seen. And the four colors respectively corresponds to different patterns. The blue part of the forefoot is a raised waffle grain with extraordinary grip and the yellow, indigo and pink parts are all latticed, providing all-round and multi-angle grip.

The thickness of the rubber outsole is considerable and you do not worry about wear problems in daily wear or sporting. The sole can stand the tests of wear and tear. And besides the durable outsole , a couple of shoe users are also pleasantly surprised at how the corduroy upper held up longer and better than they expected.

Nike Air Max 1/97 SW midsole adapts the midsole of Air Max 1 and sets up half foot visible Air cushion. Not only does the pair look perfect in reproduction, it also does a tremendous job in cushioning.

The midsole is relatively hard and the soft bouncing feeling is not apparent when walking. When running, the soft spring feeling will be obvious then and the pressure for the foot is all released.

Only a slight cushioning is felt during movement.


The shoe’s wrapping is passable though, you can make up for this by tightening the shoe laces. But the support performance is superior and can fully protect the foot. To some extent, as a fashionable shoe, I believe there are few people who are willing to wear it out to exercise. In short, the Nike Air Max 1/97 SW is a fusion of Nike’s two well-loved silhouettes and if you wan to cop one pair, you’d better take action now.

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Nike Air Max 270 Performance Review

What kind of feeling for walking in the cloud? NIKE Air Max 270 will give you the answer. Air Max 270 has the highest AIR MAX cushion, which brings the super comfort level.

NIKE Air Max 270 is the first model of NIKE Air models for sports and casual shoes. The design and performance have high standard.

The classic black and white colorway is easy matching color. A lot of hipsters choose this special design. It becomes present fashion sneaker.

Height: 175cm, Weight: 57kg

The front view:

The shoe head is printed with MAX. The vamp has different sizes of air holes to guarantee the ventilation. It looks good for the irregular integrated shoe tongue design and the tridimensional NIKE logo and AIR 270.

The side view

The sole design is low front and high rear sole. The insole of forefoot is white foam. The 270° outward big area air cushion is special.

The shoe heel:

The air cushion almost takes up 2/3 of the shoe heel. The black shoe tongue is convenient for taking off and putting on.

Comfort Level

The unit weight of US8.5/EUR42 is 323g. The weight is moderate.

The vamp is elastic fabric which can be bended freely to make sure the flexibility. The socks type design makes the vamp fit the foot well.

The different sizes mesh air holes on the vamp can make sure the air permeability.

The 270° air cushion thickness of rear sole is about 3.2cm. The low front and high rear sole design can push you to go forward. It has obvious soft and resilient feedback.

Fit & Support

The elastic fabric vamp and socks type design can fit the foot very well.

The special material on the front of vamp can protect the toes and also enhance the support. The vamp doesn’t have deformation when running. It can offer excellent support when turning or abrupt acceleration.

The shoe heel uses tenacious material. The rubber material of air cushion is extended to the upper to offer strong support to ankle. When changing directions, the upper of shoe heel doesn’t have big deformation, and it can stable the ankle well.

Traction and Abrasive Resistance

The outsole is rubber material. As Air Max 270 is mainly as casual shoes. So it doesn’t have deep grains. The traction performance is not obvious.

As the thickness of rubber sole is thick, so the abrasive resistance is good. But we don’t suggest to wear it on rough road surface, it will reduce the lifetime.

Cushion Performance

My weight is 57kg, The feeling is not stiff after wearing. I felt the soft and elastic feeling obviously.

The feedback of foam on forefoot and air cushion on rear sole is obvious when running.

The super big air cushion can accommodate more air. It has excellent cushion performance.

After jumping and fall to the ground, I can feel the compression and resilience of air cushion obviously. And it’s stable after jumping to floor. It can protect the foot well.


I normally wear EUR41 or EUR42. The size that I wear for this model is EUR42. It’s very comfortable.


The appearance and performance of NIKE AIR MAX 270 is excellent.

The different sizes of air holes on the elastic vamp can make sure the air permeability. It’s comfortable.

The soft and elastic foam of forefoot can offer strong support. The big air cushion of rear sole offers great cushion feedback not matter walking or running.

Overall, the appearance of NIKE AIR MAX 270 is special. The performance is also great. It can satisfy the request of daily exercise and is also suitable for daily wearing.