Surely they won’t botch this release again, right? It might be a case of third-time lucky for Nike, who look to deliver 2021’s Puerto Rican Day release on the Air Max 97. It follows two major fuck-ups from Nike in 2019 and 2020 respectively, which delivered both culturally-flawed and flag-faulted Air Force 1 Lows. Now, you would expect Nike to take some extra precautions for 2021’s release — so much so that they’ve even ditched the Air Force 1 for the 97 as if it were some sort of superstition.
Sneaker-sleuth @PY_Rates has dropped the information on the release, which once again is expected to arrive before the annual June celebration. But whilst we know the model, its release window, and its color scheme, just exactly how it will be constructed and blocked remains a mystery. Listed colors of Metallic Silver and Varsity Red give us some insight into the release, though you can also expect to see both white and blue arrive, too, along with Puerto Rican flags throughout — hopefully, depicted in the correct manner this time around.
Update 04.30.21 // A first look at the Nike Air Max 97 SP “Puerto Rico” has landed. It undoubtedly pays tribute to the Air Max 97 “Silver Bullet” colorway, with an almost identical build to the OG. In place of the original black, there is navy, while subtle PR flag accents at the tongue pulls and underfoot badge give the pair a distinctly Puerto Rican flavor. Insoles read ‘Aquí me quedo” — I’ll stay here — while a special towel set inclusion reads ‘Puerto Rico Te Quiero’ — Puerto Rico, I Love You.
Update 06.01.21 // The Swoosh has officially unveiled the Nike Air Max 97 SP “Puerto Rico” alongside a confirmed release date of June 5th. Grab an updated look at the pair here below, and If you’re planning on picking up a pair on the day, make sure you head to our dedicated Nike Release Dates Calendar to set yourself a reminder for the drop.
Release Date: June 5th, 2021
Style Code: DH2319-001
Color: Metallic Silver/Varsity Red
Where to Buy:
Nike.com @ 10 am ET
First Looks 04.30.21 //
Images via @cheddar2345