Nike and Stüssy are working on two stunning Air Force 1 Mid sneakers
Nike’s Air Force 1 turns 40 next year and looks great for its age. The Swoosh celebrates one of its most iconic silhouettes with the help of one of its long-time collaborators: Stüssy. Teased earlier this month in a black-and-white style, new official images show the duo’s AF1 getting a gray treatment as well.
The nearly 22-year partnership between Nike and Stüssy has given birth to some of the most sought-after shoe brands and models, from the Air Huarache LE in 2000 – and 2021 – at the Air Force 1 “Fossil” and air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 in 2020. Stüssy is known for his minimalist yet timeless design direction, making Nike sneakers such a beautiful canvas.
A touch of gray— The latest AF1 looks like its “panda” partner but replaces the white with a clean shade of gray on the toes and quarters. Nike forgoes its traditional branding on Velcro straps and tabs to make way for the embroidered and written name of Stüssy, respectively. An interlocking SS logo perforates the toes for branded West Coast branding, complemented by metallic badges on the heels. As for the base, the shoe sits on a traditional white midsole and black outsole.
Nike and Stüssy celebrate in more ways than one all black iteration was also revealed a few weeks ago. In this version, the dark upper and outsole is interrupted by white Air cushioning for a similar but updated version of the ’07 AN20.
With the new gray coming into play, Stüssy stays true to the brand with tasteful palettes and details, choosing to let Bruce Kilgore’s original design do the talking. For a little something special, Nike and Stüssy wrap the pair in special tissue paper, presented in a festive red and beige shoebox.
The Air Force 1 from Nike and Stüssy still does not have a release date. It’s safe to assume a decline early in the year, but with these two, we know nothing is black or white. There is clearly a gray area, and all of these upcoming AF1s are a prime example.