Riccardo Tisci Is Releasing A New Sneaker Collaboration With Nike
In today’s sneaker news, it was announced that Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci is releasing a new collaboration with Nike. The new shoe is called, the Nike Air Zoom Legend. Tisci is not a stranger to working with the iconic footwear and apparel brand. The Givenchy creative director reimangined the brand’s iconic Air 1s (see it here) and Nike Dunk (see it here) sneakers and crafted a collection of performance wear with NikeLab (see it here and here).
“We chose this shoe because its story is so closely linked to the nineties as a symbol of youth culture and street style,” Tisci told Vogue.com. “This style was a street icon at the time. Its story revolves around sports, movement, life by the ocean, and the energy that comes from this lifestyle. That freedom and optimism define my state of mind. I had already worked with the world of surfing, so I feel close to this idea. Together with Nike we decided to redesign this shoe when I was working on my NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined collection before the Olympics.”
The sneakers come in a jacquard black option with black-and-white detailing and a mesh black style with a rainbow-hue heel. “The inspiration is very Tisci–it is very much me,” the designer said. “The rubber heel and sole are very Nike but with a new interpretation inspired by a futuristic take on Brazil, waves, and movement. The front side is more classic, a sort of opposite of sports. Chelsea boots are my obsession in the male wardrobe. This is a strong shoe with a dual contrast and an experimental style. And the heel had to be important–its aesthetic has always represented strength since ancient Greece, where Achilles’s heel represented the human male force.”
The sneakers will be stocked exclusively at the new NikeLab store at 21 Mercer Street in New York starting on November 11, and will arrive online and at other NikeLab stores later this year. What also might arrive later this year is more Nike collaborations with Tisci; though nothing is confirmed the designer has a longstanding affection for the sportswear giant. “I am open to working with all kinds of Nike pieces,” he wrote. Stay tuned.
Photos Credit: Courtesy of NikeLab