August 19, 2011 BY John Kim / 14
Some sneakerheads view sneakers as a mode of personal expression. Just as one could tattoo his/her body with permanent ink, another can rock a pair of sneakers and communicate words with through footwear. Sneakers like the Air Jordan XI, adidas Superstar, and Reebok Pump do more than provide cushioning – they assist in creating a sense of style and attitude that few other pieces of apparel can. Dave White, who rose to prominence in the sneaker sub-culture with his signature style of painting, was selected to re-imagine the Air Jordan 1 for the Jordan Brand WINGS For The Future program, and through the finished product we could interpret the message of his design clearly. It was one of history, inner and outer beauty, and iconoclastic agendas – a message that Jordan Brand itself carried through its 25+ years of existence.
This September, fans of the Air Jordan 1 and Dave White‘s brush strokes will be fortunate enough to experience a second Air Jordan 1 designed by the world-renown artist. This time around, he focuses more on Jordan Brand themes, like the classic Black/Red/White Chicago Bulls banner and elephant print, making for shoe all the more relatable to the Air Jordan loyalist. While the release information for this Air Jordan 1 hasn’t been confirmed, these will in fact release to the public (and not limited to 23 pairs via auction). Continue reading for more exclusive images of the Dave White x Air Jordan 1 and stick with Sneaker News for more information as it develops.