Twenty-six years after its introduction, Nike brings back the Nike Air Python for Fall 2013. The basketball shoe has become a lifestyle shoe in the meantime. Shortly after having seen the sneaker at the Hood by Air Spring 2014 runway show during New York Fashion Week today, the official announcement of its retro release has followed.
“An exotic cross between the Nike Air Jordan II and Nike Air Force II, the Nike Air Python first appeared in 1987, an era in which revolution was in the air, pop culture was upended by the golden age of hip-hop, and sneakers were transforming from pure performance pieces to fashion icons.
In this dynamic age, the Nike Air Python was equally brash–a sleek, swooshless high top basketball shoe with snakeskin wrapped around the heel, upper quarter and tongue. But similar to the elusive serpent for which it was named, the shoe was rarely seen, released in limited-edition within the U.S.
Decades later, the sneaker is back having replaced its original skin with a bold, new style that reflects the shoe’s basketball heritage and progressive aesthetic. It boasts an upper crafted of premium, full-grain leather, while the tongue, heel, and quarter panels are formed from debossed, printed leather that emulates snakeskin. And just like the original shoe, the sneaker exudes strength and a smooth attitude that set it apart from the pack.”
The Nike Air Python Retro will release in two colorways – white/silver will drop September 2013 and white/brown will drop October 2013.