IN 2017, the sneaker-world saw Virgil Abloh’s brand, Off White, collaborate on ten separate Nike silhouettes to form, ironically, “The 10”. Said collection consisted of a Blazer, Air Max 90, Air Max 97, Air Jordan 1, Air Presto, Converse Allstar, Hyperdunk, Zoomfly, Vapor Max and lastly the classic Air Force 1. Each pair fell victim to a complete silhouette re-vamp, with an array of printed text, open hems, loose panels and added material; Abloh redefined what it meant to work with Nike.
KEEPING up with annual tradition, as December drew to a close the sneaker-world became flooded with lists ranking 2017’s sneakers from best to worst. This year, however, differed from 2016 due to Nike arguably topping Adidas, having seen the Three Stripes leap-frog swoosh utilising the influential injection of ‘boost’ technology into the market.
ON September 14th 2017, I was one of a handful to attend Nike’s “Process of Collaboration” talk within London’s Barbican centre; this was an occasion in which 5 of “The Ten” were released. Guest speakers included both Virgil Abloh and Nate Jobe; Nike’s Senior Design Director, who answered questions towards the end of proceedings on top of signing merchandise. As the event got underway, we were informed 60k had applied alone for this particular ‘workshop’, leaving myself to be one of the lucky number.