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Nike’s latest Air Max 97 pays homage to the father of Air technology

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In 1978, NASA engineer Marion Frank Rudy (1925-2009) presented Nike founder Phil Knight with the innovative idea of ​​adding an air unit to the midsole of sneakers. In 1980 the revolutionary technology was patented and the rest was history. To celebrate the man behind this breakthrough, Nike Sportswear released a Nike Air Max 97 “M. Frank Rudy” colorway earlier this year and now follows with another take in bright retro tones.

Upcoming pairs arrive in a “Summit White” canvas base with a light gray suede wraparound mudguard. “Safety Orange,” yellow and blue piping provides eye-catching pops of color, and a tan leather patch is layered on the tongue. Additional details include a hand-drawn Swoosh decorating the side cutouts, featured plane graphics on the insoles, “Est. 1997” branding on the air bubble midsoles, and yellow rubber outsoles. The finishing touch to the themed offering is a Nike Air gauge label.

Grab an official look at the new Nike Air Max 97 ‘Mr. Frank Rudy’ above and look for pairs dropping in the coming weeks on Nike’s website and at select retailers for $185 USD.

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