Trailing closely behind Riccardo Tisci’s partnership with NikeLab on the Free Train Force Flyknit is the Givenchy designer’s brand new project with the Swoosh: the Nike Air Zoom Legend. This groundbreaking collaborative offering takes on a high-top silhouette that sees tonal topstitching reminiscent of a Chelsea boot. What’s more, the futuristic model culls a protruding rubber heel and sole that pays homage to the Greek mythological hero, Achilles.
Here’s what Tisci had to say about his latest basketball iteration, as per Vogue:
The inspiration is very Tisci–it is very much me. The rubber heel and sole are very Nike but with a new interpretation inspired by a futuristic take on Brazil, waves, and movement. The front side is more classic, a sort of opposite of sports. Chelsea boots are my obsession in the male wardrobe. This is a strong shoe with a dual contrast and an experimental style. And the heel had to be important–its aesthetic has always represented strength since ancient Greece, where Achilles’s heel represented the human male force.
Alongside the jacquard black color scheme above, the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Zoom Legend will boast another sleek colorway yet to be announced. Both pairs are due for an exclusive release starting November 11 at NikeLab’s SoHo store in New York City.