Nike Air Max Tailwind IV "Black/Metallic Gold" Goes From Earth to Mars

With the makeup of each planet’s atmosphere listed in nutrition facts-esque style on the insole.

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A versatile running shoe that originally debuted in 1999, Nike‘s Air Max Tailwind IV has since found a second life as a popular Nike Sportswear lifestyle silhouette, one that’s now surfaced in “Black/Metallic Gold.” With a rich, bold, colorway and an interesting concept — it’s inspired by the atmosphere of Earth and Mars — the “Black/Metallic Gold” serves as an apt follow-up to the polka-dotted Tailwind IV “Nippon” that released earlier in the month.

Uppers are made of black mesh, with overlays done up in a high-gloss black synthetic material. The Tailwind IV’s signature plastic overlays serve up a gradient fade that shifts from black to grey, and select pieces also add metallic gold piping with a slight iridescent sheen that makes it appear green from certain angles. There’s also black and white stripes on the toebox, throat and heel.

Gold midsoles and silver outsoles house gold Air Max cushioning units, but the signature detail is present inside the sneaker. The chemical makeups of the Earth (left shoe) and Mars’s (right shoe) atmospheres are stamped on the insole’s heel in a manner typically seen on nutrition facts labels.

A release date has yet to be announced, but expect this intergalactic Tailwind to release at retailers like Noir Fonce for $170 USD this summer alongside other planetary-themed pairs.

Elsewhere in the galaxy of the Swoosh, lauded pro skater Nyjah Huston and Nike SB‘s new Nyjah Free 2 is set to release in a Zoom Spiridon-inspired “Metallic Silver” makeup that’s equal parts runner and skate shoe.

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