Brand: Skepta x Nike
Model: Nike Air Max 97/BW SK
Key Features: The hybrid sneaker features a white Air Classic BW upper with honeycomb-style detailing on the mesh, which sits on the full-length Air Max 97 Air unit. The Swoosh and Air unit both feature alternate colors – blue on the left and red on the right.
Release Date: May 14, with a wider release to follow on May 19. With the release having officially kicked off, find a detailed list of retailers stocking the pair below.
Price: £150 // $190
Buy: An initial launch of the Air Max 97/BW SK took place via SNEAKRS STASH in Paris on May 14. App users who found hidden locks (replicating those used in the design) around the city were able to open access to purchase the sneaker.
The full release of the shoe today, May 19 will comes through the following locations in Paris: Pigalle, The Broken Arm, Starcow, Shinzo, Acte 2, SNS and Footpatrol.
Additionally, the Air Max 97/BW SK will be available digitally from SNEAKRS in Europe and SNKRS in Japan. Select retailers, including Patta, Très Bien, Concepts, END. and more will carry it globally.
Editor’s Notes: The hotly-anticipated second collaboration between Skepta and Nike was just announced officially by the Swoosh in Paris, at the same time that Highsnobiety is on hand to document the journey on Instagram Stories.
Last summer, Skepta released his first collaborative sneaker with Nike, the Air Max 97 SK. The design featured cues from the grime star’s local London scene combined with inspiration drawn from trips to Essaouira, Morocco. Skepta's second Nike collab follows the theme of connected culture, this time drawing on his relationship with Paris, which was one of the first places he found an audience outside of the UK, by bridging a gap between Paris and London.
This time around the sneaker features a tricolore reference but more subtly honors the Nike Air Max BW’s cultural cache in both cities. Another subtle touch is the honeycomb-style mesh pattern on the upper, which was seen on his first Nike collaboration from last year and is borrowed from the Air Tuned 99.
Flip through the official images above and let us know if you'll be copping in the comments section below. Take a closer look at the details thanks to END. below.
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