The Nike Air Max 97 “Shanghai Kaleidoscope” is one of the six winning designs from Nike’s “On Air” collection of Air Max models. In 2018, Nike invited locals from Shanghai, Seoul, New York City, London, Paris, and Tokyo to design their own colorways on an Air Max model of their choosing. Eighteen finalists were then voted on by the public, with one winner from each city. Cash Ru was chosen to represent Shanghai and created this special version of the Air Max 97. According to Cash, the thoroughly unique construction is inspired by the “buoyancy and disappearance of clouds over the futuristic city of Shanghai.” The “Kaleidoscope” nickname comes from the way the clouds in the sky interact with the tall skyscrapers in Shanghai. The cloud-like aesthetic is achieved with multiple layers of open-ended panels made from a translucent blue material that create an airy effect across the wavy upper. The refreshing light blue shade is complemented by a white tongue and sole unit, with the red Swoosh branding providing contrast. Multiple pull tabs on the tongue and heel add a final unique touch. The Nike Air Max 97 “Shanghai Kaleidoscope” released on April 13, 2019.
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