This collaboration includes five colorways made from all-natural dyes that have been ethically harvested. The shoes are prepared in tannins, and then slowly treated in special dyes extracted from plants with “skin-soothing medicinal properties.” Each colorway represents one of Stüssy’s five world tour cities. “New York,” the violet colorway, is made using Brazilwood, Quebracho Rojo and Hibiscus, to mention a few ingredients; “Los Angeles,” Weld, Fustic, Osage Orange and Turmeric; “Tokyo,” Organic Indigofera Tinctoria; “London,” Organic Indigofera Tinctoria, Fustic, and Weld; and “Paris,” Chestnut Bark, Myrobalan and Iron. Stüssy emphasizes that each pair is carefully hand-dyed by Lookout & Wonderland in Los Angeles, California, “an art practice based in plant color, medicine and fiber.”
Stüssy and Nike’s Hand-Dyed Air Force 1s will be available in limited quantities on Stüssy’s website on January 29, 1 p.m. EST — prices have yet to be confirmed.
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If you like this collab, be sure to check out Stüssy and Nike’s full 2021 capsule of insulated and upcycled apparel.