Nike will be liberal with the VaporMax tooling going forward, pairing the bubbly sole unit with all sorts of uppers. Not all of those will be new—these leaked images depict a hybrid style that uses VaporMax cushioning with the upper of the Air Max 97, a shoe that's gotten plenty of attention in its 20th anniversary year.

Before the arrival of these images, there was already talk of such a shoe happening. Early rumors suggest that a gold version in line with the original gold Nike Air Max 97 will release in 2018.

This silhouette, which looks like it could be a grade school shoe, is actually not far off from one of the concept Air Max designs from Nike's 2017 Vote Forward contest.

Nike Air VaporMax 97 Profile
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Nike Air VaporMax 97 Reflective
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Nike Air VaporMax 97 Heel
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Nike Air VaporMax 97 Sole
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