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Givenchy creative director Matthew M Williams almost incidentally gave us a first look at 1017 ALYX 9SM's Nike Air Force 1 collaboration. Funny how that works.

ALYX's Nike AF1 Low was first seen in early January 2023 images showing Williams sitting with Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2023 campaign star Alkaline, in which the American creative director is sporting an interesting pair of Nike sneakers.

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In the photos, Williams, who founded 1017 ALYX 9SM, sits alongside the Jamaican dancehall artist wearing ALYX and Nike's next Air Force 1 shoe collab.

The designer actually commented on the rumors when Highsnobiety reposted his Instagram image: "Work in progress prototype," Williams winked. "The shoes are just dirty because I have been wearing the samples testing how the leather ages."

Sounds like new ALYX Nike AF1s are indeed on the menu, and they are. The ALYX x Nike Air Force 1 is officially slated to release in black and white colorways on December 7 on ALYX's website.

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ALYX is no stranger to a collaboration with the Swoosh, having linked on numerous occasions in the past for takes on the AF1 High and various pairs of Zoom 005 Slides, to name only a few.

After seeing Williams rocking these new Forcees throughout the year, it turns out that they are next in line. You'll have to have your wits about you to get your hands (or feet?) on a pair.

There are few sneakers more universally beloved than Nike's Air Force 1s, especially when it comes to a premium pair of Lows.

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Meanwhile, Alkaline — who also fronted Givenchy SS22 as well as having a selection of his songs played at the French house’s Paris Fashion Week show — returns for SS23 in a campaign shot by photographer Heji Shin, which was revealed on Williams’ Instagram earlier that week.

Many, many months later, in August 2023, the ALYX x Nike AF1 Low returned, but also not.

Seen in various photos and videos of Matthew Williams with fans and friends, ALYX's next Nike shoe is both an all-white AF1 and all-black AF1, sufficiently worn-in and creased.

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Obviously, that's just due to Williams wear-testing his prototypes but, point is, expect ALYX's next Nike to be of the utmost quality and designed to get better with age. As for when fans can cop, again mark your calendars for December 7.

This article was published on January 11, 2023 and updated on December 1

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