Sportswear giant Nike has teamed up with founder of streetwear-inspired fashion label Off-White and personal creative director to Kanye West, Virgil Abloh to reconstruct 10 iconic Nike items, including Hyperdunk, Air Jordan 1, Nike Air VaporMax and Nike Air Max 97.
‘The Ten’ is a special edition of classic Nike styles reinvented by Abloh, including the original elite basketball shoe Chuck Taylor by Converse (recently bought by Nike).
Abloh, along with his pals sketched shoe ideas inspired by Michael Jordan and mailed them to Nike.
“We were enamored with Air Jordans,” says Abloh
“Michael Jordan was larger than life — he was Superman to me. My entire design background and ethos came from the ‘90s. What we’re talking about here is larger than sneakers, it’s larger than design culture.”
The shoes were divided into two themes. ‘Revealing’ for an accessible, hand-cut, open-source and reconstructed look and ‘Ghosting’ with translucent uppers using common materials.
“It’s nothing short of state-of-the-art design. These 10 shoes have broken barriers in performance and style. To me, they are on the same level as a sculpture of David or the Mona Lisa. You can debate it all you want, but they mean something. And that’s what’s important.”
The full collection will be available from November 2017. See below for a sneaker peak!