Air Max 97

Year Released: 1997

The Air Max 97 brought the first full-length Air Max system. The Air bag expanded from being separate pieces that were separated by pieces of midsole, to a full-length unit that was not only exposed on the side of the shoe but also on the bottom. It was also the first Air Max unit designed solely for running. By directly molding the midsole to the Air Max unit, it not only saved weight but also created a dope sneaker that non-runners would sport.