Nike are celebrating the legacy of forgotten legend.
The Nike Air GX was the brand’s first football boot to drop after Nike’s Montebelluna facility was established in 1996. The facility famously provides Nike’s professional players with boots engineered to their exact specifications.
The Air GX was a game changer for its time and while it may look conservative by modern standards, the pop of colour and wavy quilting made the boot one of the most expressive releases of its era.
The Air GX was a game changer in 1997.
Now, as the iconic release turns 20 years old, Nike Football are paying tribute by dropping the limited edition Hypervenom GX. The boots feature supple Alegria leather as well as Nike Flyknit, merging traditional materials with modern technology in a boot that is 35% lighter than the original Air GX.
The Hypervenom GX retains the iconic lines of the Air GX, though without the quilting that originally perforated the leather. The upper also stays true to the asymmetrical lacing of the 1997 model, but without the oversized tongue rendered unnecessary thanks to advancements in lacing.
Numerous details honor the Monetebelluna team, several members of which have been with Nike since the launch of the first Air GX. The Montebelluna crest accompanied by the colors of the Italian flag appear on the shoe bag, sockliner, and heel. Italy’s flag also appears as a woven label on the lateral side of the boot. The Alegria leather symbol on the upper includes the number 20 to mark the anniversary.
Hypervenom GX will be available on October 12. Additional GX-inspired designs can be customized on NIKEiD.