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In late 1996, when this version of the Nike Air Max Uptempo released, it was easily one of the most mind boggling styles to ever come out from Nike Basketball. This version was the first to feature the three-quarter-length Air Max unit, a necessary step that helped technology in the Nike Basketball line develop into the full-length Air units that make their way into shoes like the Nike Air Max LeBron VII. Details like the exaggerated “Air” tag on the ankle and the TPU jewel-like teardrop shapes on the side, combined with the largest and most eye-catching Air Unit to make its way on to basketball courts, turned heads to say the least.

The original colorway of White/Black-College Navy already released earlier this summer, and now a second colorway will begin shipping soon. The latest is a combination of Black and Metallic Silver, which has been subtly accented with a hint of red on the heel pull and the bottom side of the Air Unit.

Available now: Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Black/Metallic Silver

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