I had to chuckle when I read the backstory behind the Nike Air Max 97 Golden Patchwork; it seems like brands these days will create a shoe out of any story- you could just sneeze and next thing you know a brand is creating a shoe referencing your sneezing. But I’m sure Cristiano Ronaldo will appreciate these AM 97’s as they bring back his childhood memories, reminding him to never forget his humble beginnings.
Ronaldo grew up in Portugal, one of the poorest European countries; growing up he supposedly only had two sneakers, one for soccer and the other for regular wear. And because he loved playing soccer so much, he used to literally get holes in his shoes and would have them patched up by his mother. He is also the first European player to win the Golden Shoe award four times hence the gold color on the Air Max 97.
The shoes feature a gold upper with green on the air vent swoosh logo; material wise, what we have is tumbled leather on the mudguard with mesh and synthetic leather on the uppers. You’ll spot the patchwork all throughout the shoe referencing Ronaldo’s patched up childhood soccer cleats. Additional features include lateral crash pads at the heel for a secure fit and a PU midsole with full length visible air units for maximum impact protection.
Nike Air Max 97 Golden Patchwork
Style#AQ0655-700, October 23
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