Comme des Garçons announced the launch of its latest collaborative sneaker with Nike, the Air Max 97, which debuted in Tokyo in January 2022 during the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus FW22 show.

For this collection, Rei Kawakubo was inspired by the nomadic lifestyle of living freely by yourself, not flocking together, and not belonging anywhere. This mindset led to the subtly weathered, worn-in remix of one of Nike’s most iconic 90s silhouettes. First introduced in 1997 and originally designed by Christian Tresser, this Air Max model features a ripple-like upper and defining air cushioned sole. Incorporating an original double-layered distressed leather upper in two colorways (Black and Glacier Grey), Comme des Garçons Homme Plus was able to update the sneaker without breaking the iconic Air Max 97 silhouette.

Available in size EU 38.5-47.5, the Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Max 97 retails for 355€ and launches exclusively at all Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market stores globally as well as DSM E-SHOPs, followed shortly thereafter by Comme des Garçons’s wholesale clients.