Virgil Abloh's longstanding partnership with Nike is coming to an end, but not before the designer releases — at least — 50 new Off-White™ x Nike sneakers. One pair that is expected to arrive soon is the "Lemonade" Air Force 1, previously referred to as the "University Gold" and "Canary Yellow."
LeBron James debuted the colorway prior to the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta earlier this year, as he sported the bright yellow Forces while walking down the tunnel, ultimately giving us our first real-life look at the anticipated iteration. Now, as we are seemingly nearing a release, official images of the collaborative pair have emerged.
The "Lemonade" Air Force 1 closely mimics Abloh's previous AF1 designs, being outfitted with a metallic silver Swoosh, exposed stitching, orange tabs, Helvetica branding, and the signature zip-tie. In keeping with tradition, Virgil personalized LeBron's pair by writing on the shoes with a black Sharpie. He penned “LEBRON” next to the "AIR" branding on the right lateral midsole, "BLACK LIVES MATTER" alongside the "AIR" branding on the left lateral midsole, and “VIRGIL WAS HERE” on the left medial midsole. The designer also added his last name to the hangtag on the right shoe.
Previously, we had only seen the "Lemonade" Forces via an 8-bit image on Abloh's Public Domain website, where he previewed his upcoming Off-White™ x Nike sneakers. Just hours ago, however, Off-White™ shared product photos on Instagram, also revealing the official name of the colorway, and adding that the Forces will be staff footwear for Virgil's upcoming exhibition at ICA Boston, which kicks off on July 3. Many expect the sneaker to release in conjunction with the event, although neither brand has made any mention of a lunch just yet.
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