Marion Franklin Rudy aka Frank Rudy is the engineer who created Nike’s Air technology, which forever changed the footwear business. In 1978, Nike released the first shoe using Rudy’s “Air” technology, the Air Tailwind. In 1980, he was a able to patent the technology furthering the “Revolution.”
To pay tribute to the latest engineer, Nike Sportswear will be releasing a new iteration of the Nike Air Max 97 arriving in a mix of Summit White, Black, and Safety Orange. It comes constructed in a mix of mesh, leather, and suede materials featuring EST. 1997 printed on the lateral Air unit, his name printed on the lace tips, and blueprint insoles showing off the technology artwork and his signature. An air pressure hangtag completes the design and theme.
Check out the official photos below, and look for the Nike Air Max 97 “M. Frank Rudy” to release in the coming weeks at select retailers and Nike.com. The retail price tag is set at $185 USD.
Nike Air Max 97 “M. Frank Rudy”
Color: Summit White/Black-Safety Orange
Style Code: DV2619-100
Release Date: 2022