Nike’s Air Force 1 frenzy continues with another collaborative effort. This time around the Swoosh calls upon the mind of John Elliott to help commemorate the silhouette’s 35th anniversary. Shared via Instagram, Elliott details the process of its development which began about a year ago. Elliott was presented with the sole stipulation of keeping the shoe all-white which led him to favor its detailing during its design process. As a result, layering was incorporated into the sneaker to create shadows in areas from its Swoosh to intricate areas such as its dubraes, aglets and tongue.
Unfortunately, the John Elliott x Nike Air Force 1 Low will not be released to the general public and is reserved for Friends and Family at this weekend’s ComplexCon. Take a look at the imagery below and let us know your thoughts on the design.
FINALLY…Beyond excited to share these!!! About a year ago, we had the opportunity to work on the 35th anniversary project for what is in my opinion the most iconic shoe ever, the @nike Air Force 1. There was one stipulation: it had to be all white. When tasked with working on such a culturally significant silhouette under the restriction of keeping it in an all white palette, I wanted to make sure that we included our DNA in the silhouette and tried to craft details that could potentially create color. To me the only way to do that was by adding and reducing layers to create shadows. Since this shoe is so rare lets run through some of what makes it special: Each overlay is doubled up to add dimension. We die-cut the swoosh out of the foxing and quarter and put pebbled leather underneath to create the appearance of it going inward and to create shadows. We took this layering theme and applied it to the smallest details – everything from a layered deubré, double lace keepers, layered aglets, and a double (layered) tongue. We then reduced small details like eyelets and vents down to a bead size. The finished product is something that I am excited to own and share with friends and family members this weekend at ComplexCon. ??@nikesportswear
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