Sean Wotherspoon recently shared his out-there new Nike creation, a bespoke Air Max 1 made at NikeLab’s 21 Mercer location in New York City. In the caption of his Instagram post showing off the kick, the Round Two co-founder explained how the corduroy on the upper can be torn away to reveal Liberty floral fabric beneath.

The inspiration behind the design was artist Geoff McFetridge, who had a similar Nike collaboration in 2003: a pinstripe gray/blue Vandal Supreme that featured tear-away fabric on the upper with a colorful design lurking beneath. A second, gray/orange version followed in 2005.

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Wotherspoon has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Nike gear, with a knack for identifying old designs and trends for revival.

For a closer look at how the tear-away design worked on McFetridge’s Nike collab from 2003, check out the video below.

The idea is similar to the customizable concept behind the Lance Mountain x Nike SB Air Jordan 1. But whereas the Lance Mountain AJ1’s extra layer of paint chipped and scuffed off over time, the Vandal Supreme and Wotherspoon’s Nike Air Max 1’s separate, destroyable layer of fabric presents a more physical approach to customization.

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