This time the inspiration behind the  red colourway with a slightly metallic hue, is clearly to honour The flag and domestic colours for Ronaldo’s home country, Portugal.

The swoosh on the midsole is metallic gold but the swoosh on the tongue goes for that Portuguese fiery Red

The sneakers are a follow up to the “Gold Patchwork” sell-out release at the latter part of 2017.

Now this new Portugal Red iteration brings back the patched midsole which in of itself tells a heartwarming story. The short version is Nike and Ronaldo chose this unique upper design in tribute to the football stars mother. She supported Ronaldo’s love for religiously playing football as a child.

The result back then ofcourse is Ronaldo constantly wore holes into his shoes which he used for both playing and school. So his mother would patch up his shoes because they couldn’t buy him new shoes. For the full story check out our post for the Golden Patchwork CR7 AM97 here.


So we now look to this Portuguese Red second entry…and they’re hot. As you can see the midsole is a chillI red made up of tumbled and patent leather sitting on a pure white and black rubber outsole.

The Heel/Pull tab comes in black featuring the usual “Air Max” text followed by CR7 in tribute to Ronaldo and his Shirt number (7)

The signature Air Max 97 360 Air unit remains unchanged, but does maintain the red theme within the pods of the Air bubble. As with the previous Golden Patchwork version mentioned earlier, the heel tab combines Ronaldo’s famous shirt number and abbreviation of his name displaying his signature acronym “CR7”.


The tongue brings things home with the black air max swoosh logo (with red swoosh) sitting behind the tried and tested looped air max 97 lacing system.

Now there’s no release date yet but we can almost guarantee that with official images like these…an actual drop let alone release, is a matter of weeks away.

These will be highly limited and likely to only be sold by Nike via the Nike SNEAKRS App and a very VERY limited number of  designer sneaker and boutique retailers…So sport retailers may not be stocking, even as a limited release.

So, will you be trying to grab a pair ?

In the meantime check out the current Air Max 97 Range via the links below, it’s always a good thing to try on a pair before embarking on a limited release !

Shop The Nike Air Max 97 Range at Offspring

Cop The Current Air Max 97 Heat over at Footasylum

The Best Women’s Air Max 97’s OUT NOW via OFFICE Shoes