Review of Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe
History of the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe
The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra is a shoe steeped in rich history for both the Nike company and fans all over the world. In 1978 Nike developed a revolutionary technique when it came to its footwear. The Air-Sole unit began making its first appearances in the company’s shoe and by 1987 an entire sneaker line was developed.
The Nike Air Max 1 debuted to much fanfare. This shoe broke away from tradition with a design that allowed air to be visible in the heel. Fans not only enjoyed the feel of Air-sole comfort, now they could see it and know they had the real deal in active footwear.
The world was never the same again and since then Nike has been producing Nike Air Max shoes. Because of the Air Max’s increasing popularity, Nike would eventually offer up stylish color schemes and designs while offering the same reliable Air-sole comfort. Athletes and sneaker collectors rejoiced, and with the new Nike Air Max Ultra, it isn’t hard to understand why.
Features & Benefits
Because 2017 marked the 20th year anniversary of the Air Max 97, Nike went all out for the revised version of this shoe to really commemorate the hard work and effort that went into designing what is arguably one of the best training shoes on the planet.
The geniuses at Nike decided that not only did the Air Max 97 deserve an updated look, it deserved upgrades worthy of some the best technology available. Starting with weight. The Air Max 97 Ultra loss a few pounds. The shoe was designed to be lighter than its predecessors. With a single-piece textured jacquard upper, the Air Max Ultra 97 is both lightweight and air permeable, giving your feet a fresh sigh of relief when running or performing vigorous tasks.
Additionally, the pressure-volume in the Air bubble unit became regulated and the various regions of the sole were cored out, making this shoe the lightest Air Max ever.
- Slightly wider than its earlier versions creating an extra level of comfort in the forefoot area
- Well-padded, the upper of this Air Max 97 Ultra edition is both soft and flexible
- Helps alleviate pain and complications from those who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
- Stylishly good-looking and very comfortable a perfect mixture of form and function.
- The crafty design with the synthetic upper helps block dirt and water from reaching inside the shoe.
- Many have complimented the reduction of air in the midsole which has made the shoe softer to the fee.
- Some have complained of blisters in this shoe as it may sometimes rub against the ankles in an unpleasant fashion.
- Some do not like the design and consider it look cheaper and the quality lacking unlike the previous versions of this shoe.
The traction of the Nike Air Max Ultra is similar if not a slightly more improved than its predecessors. Reduced Air in the midsole has helped this shoe hit the ground solidly, and people have noticed better traction and comfort without as much air.
Perhaps the best part about this Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe or any Nike Air Max ever has been Air-filled sole that provides comfort and ultimate cushioning. What set this shoe apart originally is the same thing that sets it apart today, the full-length Air bladder unit installed in the midsole.
While this new edition has reduced the amount of air in the midsole, placing feet closer to the ground, fans of the shoe say that less air has created even more comfort. Additionally, the shoe features a removable insole, in which you can add more cushioning and support to the foot if you choose.
The material in this shoe is quite simple and designed that way purposefully. The jacquard fabric is both stylish with its textured woven design and practical as it gives the shoe a very tough upper exterior. Additional materials include:
- Suede and velvet materials and synthetic leather upper
- foam sole with Max Air cushioning for comfort
- Rubber outsole
Sizing & Fit
Comparatively, the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe is slightly larger than any of the Air Max 97 versions. This shoe is ideal for those with wide foot measurements. In fact, this shoe is designed for those people in mind. While this may be disappointing to some Air Max fans, it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a pair of these amazing trainers.
Experts suggest that those with standard or narrow feet should find a pair that is half a size down from the usual size they would wear. This way you can get the best experience when wearing this shoe.
In the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe, ventilation is key to how comfortable the shoe is. By using synthetic materials as opposed to the multi-layered and heavily stitched materials that can found in the original, Nike was able to produce a shoe that could keep feet dry, cool, and well ventilated. The extra width within the shoe also aids in this experience.
Support and Stability
One of the best things about the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe is the Air bladder unit located in the sole. Not only does this help cushion impact, but it provides a sturdy support system helping to maintain stability when performing any physical activity.
Incredibly by streamlining the design of the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX, Nike created a lightweight shoe that offered secure support, increased flexibility, and phenomenal comfort. The reduced air in the midsole also helps this shoe maintain stability, especially on slippery trails and routes.
Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX Women’s Shoe Colorways
To fully celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nike Air Max, the Air Max Ultra comes in a variety of colorways. Making a comeback and a direct homage to the original shoe, the Nike Max Ultra 97 comes in Silver Bullet (named after the fast-moving Japanese bullet train), Metallic Gold, Black/Anthracite, Midnight Navy/Cool Gray, Platinum/White, Triple Black and Burgundy just to name a few.
Who SHould and Shouldn’t Buy This Shoes and Why?
Because of the shoe’s wide width, this shoe is especially comfortable with wider feet. In fact, one could argue that this shoe is specifically designed with wider feet people in mind, as the shoes “puffs-up” throughout the course of the day, many have suggested that this aids in their comfort while wearing the shoe.
The shoe is probably not suited for those with standard or narrow feet. Even though it has been suggested that by buying a half size lower would help with this problem, the Nike Air Max Ultra, would most likely not hold feet in a secure enough position as to feel comfortable.
The Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ’17 LX is one of the best running shoes on the market today. Carrying with it a rich heritage from the Air Max line, this shoe does not disappoint. Its sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable, three of the best traits one could ask for in a running shoe. Although some may dislike the appearance and design of the shoe as opposed to its predecessors, the Nike Air Max Ultra still boasts a futuristic style, while maintaining integrity. Overall this shoe is well worth the purchase.