Round Two co-owner Sean Wotherspoon’s retro-inspired Nike Air Max 1/97 won’t release globally until March 2018’s Air Max Day festivities, but some sneakerheads will have a chance to get their hands on the sought-after look early.
Richmond, Va., retailer Need Supply announced yesterday that it will be stocking the shoes on Nov. 21 with further details to be announced Saturday. This will mark the first launch for the sneakers, which are also expected to be prereleased in Los Angeles this month ahead of the global drop.
Last week, a pair of the unreleased kicks surfaced on eBay, where bidding quickly reached the five-figure mark and eventually ended at a stunning $96,100, with a total of 189 bids. There are currently no other new in-hand pairs available on the auction marketplace.
Wotherspoon’s hybrid design was inspired by vintage Nike hats from the ’80s and features a multicolor corduroy Air Max 97 upper with intentionally unfinished edges to allow for fraying with wear. Its midsole is culled from Nike’s first Air Max sneaker, 1987’s Air Max 1.
In October, Wotherspoon unveiled the sneaker and announced that it would be released in limited quantities in Richmond, where Round Two opened its first store in 2013, and Los Angeles, the home of its second and most prominent location to date.
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