Nike Is Making Nintendo 64 Sneakers

An upcoming colourway of Nike’s Air Max 97 doesn’t make an official mention of the console—gotta keep those lawyers at arm’s length—but its inspiration is clear: this is a Nintendo 64 sneaker.

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The colourway (which appears to be drawing influence from the N64's logo and controller) matched with the sneaker’s vintage might have been enough of a nod, but the shoe goes a bit further than that, adding a Nintendo-style “AIR MAX” logo at the heel, putting “POWER” and “RESET” buttons on the tongue and a modified ESRB logo on the insoles.

They’re releasing before the end of summer for $160.

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Older heads might remember that this isn’t the first time an Air Max shoe has dabbled with a Nintendo console; back in 2008 Nike released one based on the NES, and 11 years on it has aged very nicely.

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