Key Features: The updated ’80s silhouette plays with texture and proportion in a big way, merging suede and nylon on the upper, with a car spoiler-like detail jutting out of the shoe’s heel. UNDERCOVER branding is present on a speckled midsole, while Nike branding can be seen on the tongue tag.
Release Date: June 7
Buy: TBD (likely Nike and select retailers)
Editor’s Notes: After the first teaser at Paris Fashion Week SS19, we now have a closer look of the unreleased UNDERCOVER x Nike Daybreak courtesy of Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 18 (see below).
Three colorways of the remixed runner feature in the issue’s ongoing Selections segment, where we are privy to a look at the vivid green and red colorways, as well as a more pared back black version.
Additional shots underneath show details of the leather lining, TPU plastic heel counter, and branding on the midsoles and heels. Given this closer look at UNDERCOVER’s flip on the Daybreak, it’s up in air as to whether sacai’s might be the better remix of the classic runner.
The UNDERCOVER x Nike Daybreak has a tough act to follow after the two brands’ incredible React Element 87 last year. It will also serve as the precursor to the two sneaker styles unveiled at Paris Fashion Week FW19, which you can check out in detail here.
In addition to the Daybreak, UNDERCOVER and Nike have worked on a complementary apparel collection challenging static volume and utility norms. The four garments boast Velcro tabs offering an adjustable fit and personalization. The width of the long-sleeve top can be modified, while the arm holes of the T-shirt can be altered, for example. As functionality is key, the hood of the tracksuit then acts as a pocket, and the body has a kangaroo front pocket and zippered mesh pockets at the back. The tracksuit pants welcome cargo pockets as well as a zippered mesh pouch at the rear.
UNDERCOVER’s Summer 2019 Nike collection — including seven colorways of the Daybreak — is scheduled to release globally on June 7.
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