A favorite amongst Air Max enthusiasts, the Air Max 97’s original ‘Silver Bullet’ colorway is a true classic. Designed by sneaker legend Christian Tresser, whose resume consists of working with Reebok, Adidas, and Nike, the Air Max 97 has become a cultural icon across the globe.
Sporting a sleek and futuristic look, it is widely believed that the inspiration for the silhouette was taken from Christan Tresser’s infatuation with Japan’s industrial design and bullet trains (hence the colorway name). However, according to Instagram posts from Tresser himself, the silhouette was originally inspired by the ripple from a drop of water, and the colorway came from a mountain bike.
In the graph above we look at StockX data for the 20th anniversary pair of the Air Max 97 Silver Bullet, released during the 2016 holiday season in Europe, and then saw a wider release in 2017. Here we can see two inconsistencies in the beginning of the graph, presumably due to the staggered releases, followed by a very gradual and consistent increase over the past couple years with prices hovering around the $400 range in the past year.