Partnering up with Nike again for our latest exclusive project, we're pleased to present the Nike 'Safari' pack, a duo of releases that channel the unmistakeable pattern.
The year's 1987, and architect-turned-footwear designer Tinker Hatfield has just created one of the most iconic shoes of all time. But if you're going to score one home run in a year, you might as well try and get another, right? Cue the Air Safari, a lightweight running shoe that kept the nitrogen fuelled technology sealed inside the midsole, but applied another head-turning design trait to the exterior. The Air Safari itself was a bit of a blip in the radar of the brands activities at the time; Tinker and the other heads behind project put their blinkers on and were going against the grain, not listening to tried and tested advice from the suits at the company, and really trying to do something different.
The speckled pattern itself drew inspiration from a luxury sofa store Tinker found himself in one time (and ended up getting kicked out of!). He loved the idea of using luxury materials on products, but not the oversized price tag that came along with them. The varying sized specks are representative of those found on premium Ostrich skin, stylised to look a little more like an animal print of sorts.
The first shoe to drop as part of our size? Exclusive pack is an Air Max 95, interpreting the texture across the varying panels that line the shoe. The 95 also features a palette reminiscent of the original runner, combining black, white, hints of grey, and the signature 'carrot' orange. Playing on it’s famous ‘ribcage’ themed waves, each panel alternates the Safari speckle in both orange and grey waves.
The size? Exclusive Nike Air Max 95 'Safari' will be available via our size?previews app, and in all size? stores on Friday 8th June, priced at £130.