With the release date for the KITH x Nike Air Maestro II High getting closer and closer, Ronnie Fieg took some time to sit down and talk about the significance of the sneaker. Fieg explains that he looked up to NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and found the shoe to be a fitting tribute to the Chicago Bulls legend.
When I had the chance of deciding which silhouette I wanted to work on, Pippen came to mind right away because I always felt that Pippen was the most underrated player and didn’t quite get all the respect he deserved while he was playing. I really think that his game aged like fine wine.
Fieg goes on to explain that he wanted to replicate the original Maestro II worn by Pippen during various all-star games and why he decided to keep a few aspects from the original shoe and change others up. In addition to using nubuck for the sneaker’s upper, Fieg explained the inspiration behind some of his design changes.
We were able to design a new upper that consists of a new lacing system which is this asymmetrical system that I really took inspiration from the Footscape, which is one of my favorite Nike silhouettes.
Watch the full unboxing video above and keep it locked here for an official release date for the KITH x Nike Air Maestro II High. While you’re waiting on that, see what else KITH has been up to with the Ronnie Fieg-designed Lebron 15 Zip in “Floral.”