Let’s face it: unless you have a plug or were fortunate enough to win “THE DRAW” and nabbed a spot at Virgil Abloh x Nike’s “OFF CAMPUS” inaugural workshop this September 6, there’s a super slim chance that you’ll own a pair from “THE TEN” collection. Instead of purchasing an official collaborative shoe, an Instagram user by the name of @andy__blue decided to create his own pair.
Dubbed “I FEEL LIKE ABLOH,” he stylized a tonal black Air Force 1 sneaker with Abloh-esque design cues. The bootleg model is fitted with an oversized yellow pull tab, blue laces adorned with “BOOTLEGLACES” text, as well as multiple embroidered Swoosh logos on the lateral sides. Of course, you can’t forget the red industrial tag.
Moreover, the devious creative added his own heavy wording on the medial sides of the shoe, stating “My-Self™ c/o Энди синий/ “I FEEL LIKE ABLOH”/ Wherever, Neverland USAF/ © 2030.” The Cyrillic portion translates to “Andy Blue.” On the sole, you’ll find “ария” text — Blue presumably meant to reference “AIR” as seen on the legit pair, but he may have accidentally referenced the heavy metal Russian band, Aria.
Nevertheless, check out the bootleg pair of AF1s above and then let us know your thoughts. In related news, someone also imagined a Virgil Abloh x adidas UltraBOOST “Triple Off-White.”