Trying to explain “Aussie Rules” to the uninitiated is a bit like explaining the latest NC-17 horror movie to someone who hasn’t yet seen it: no matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to convey how brutal it really is.
This weekend marks the AFL grand final — the highest rating game of the year Down Under — between Sydney Swans and Melbourne’s West Bulldogs, and to celebrate, footwear magazine Sneaker Freaker has joined forces with local customizers Bespoke IND for two special iterations of the Nike Air Force 1.
For the one-off silhouettes, leather has been sourced from the same Sherrin day (red) and night (yellow) footballs which will be used in the final, with each utilizing all four panels. In keeping with the Antipodean theme, both shoes are then lined with black kangaroo leather, while waxed cotton laces have been used in homage to the white stitching featured on the AFL ball.
Each shoe features a clutch of painstaking details, with both going under deconstruction before being restitched by hand courtesy of Bespoke IND.
Currently, the shoes are not available commercially, but as always, bespoke AF1 appointment’s are available at NikeLab locations.
The AF1 also recently dropped in a “Chicago” colorway. Check it out here.