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Exclusive: 1997 Nike Air GX Remake Football Boots Leaked

Update #2: To give you a full look at the design, we have created a basic illustration of the 2017 Nike Air GX remake football boots.

Update: Following up on our original leak, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi was spotted wearing a pair of blacked-out Nike Air GX 1997-2017 remake football boots in training this week. Thanks to everyone who sent in this story on Instagram and Twitter.

The boots worn by Icardi are all-black apart from the partly exposed Flyknit cabled, which are visible in their default blue. Along the side of the shoe, we can make out the outline of a large Swoosh. The Nike Air GX remake boots could be released in the near future and the Icardi spot suggests that they'll be worn on-field as well. For more details on the remake as well as the 1997 original, read our previous report below.

We can exclusively reveal that Nike will soon celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Air GX soccer boot, an important piece of the brand's history in the sport, with a modernized remake.

Nike Air GX - Black / White / Varsity Royal

This image shows 2017 Nike Air GX remake cleat.

Back in 1996, Nike established its famous football boot factory in Montebelluna, Italy. There, the Nike Air GX soccer cleat was created, produced and subsequently released in 1997. To this day, the facility remains key to development and testing of key Nike soccer launches. It's also the place where the most decorated professionals get their customized boots produced.

The 1997 Nike Air GX boot can be seen as a predecessor of sorts to the later Air Zoom / Total 90 football boot silo, which really kicked off at the start of the new century. It went on to be discontinued in 2013, in favor of the Hypervenom.

For the 2017 Nike Air GX remake boots, Nike will combine the iconic design of the original with a modernized construction ready for today's challenges.

Recognizing its heritage as ancestor of the modern Hypervenom line, Nike chose to take from the modern-day Hypervenom Phantom III. This includes the sole plate, which is nothing like that of the original boot, and the tongue, made of Flyknit and used to create the type of one-piece construction that's seen on so many soccer boots these day. Flywire strings are run down along the sides for a better lockdown.

Although the upper remains to made of kangaroo leather, the stitching present at the front and along the sides of the original is replaced by carvings, which serve the same purpose. Finally, an Italian flag detail is present on the outside rear, while a special 'Montebelluna 20 Years' logo is visible on the heel as well as the sockliner.

The 2017 Nike Air GX remake football boots are expected to be released in the coming weeks - the original was launched in June 1997. No details on pricing and availability are known as of now, but expect the boots to be very limited and retail at USD 250-300.

Are you glad to see Nike recognize its heritage and bring back one of its most iconic boots ever? Drop us a line below, and check out the Boot Calendar for more.