Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Raekwon’s heralded debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, often refereed to as The Purple Tape. In paying homage, Packer Shoes has linked with the veteran rapper to release the Diadora N.9000 “Purple Tape.”
The sneaker draws clear inspiration from the purple-colored cassette tape that accompanied the original album release, as the shoe appropriately notes an overall purple look. The collaborative pair has been done up in premium suede and leather, featuring co-branding on the tongue as well as “1995” tagging alongside to coincide with the music project’s drop date. “Side 1” and “side 2” embroidery are then showcased on the heels, and Purple Tape track listing is then noted on the insoles. Four different sets of laces accompany the kicks, which will be releasing on August 20 exclusively at S.O.B.’s in NYC.
Packer Shoes also recently collaborated with FILA on the “ATP Newport” pack.