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Classics Revisited: Parra x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Amsterdam’ (2005)

May 15th, 2012 by | 6 comments

parra x nike air max 1 amsterdam 2005 Classics Revisited: Parra x Nike Air Max 1 Amsterdam (2005)


Continuing on from yesterday’s profile of 2002′s Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’ in our Classics Revisited section is another collaboration banger of the 2000′s – the Nike Air Max 1 ‘Amsterdam’ designed by Dutch artist Parra. For those who are newer to the game, Parra’s name might ring a bell thanks to 2010′s three-way partnership of Parra, Patta, and Nike with the famed ‘Parra x Patta x Air Max 1‘, but Parra’s first project with the shoe was this 2005 Tier Zero (back when TZ meant something) release from the Capitol Series, which is considered to be one of the most-coveted Air Max 1s of all-time. Want a deadstock pair? You’re gonna need to shell out at least a grand (that’s bottom dollar we’re talking), but believe it or not, some of Amsterdams actually hit the notorious outlet down in Florida as B-Grades (some lucky bubs managed to get these for a mere $30). Along with the sick color combination of burgundy, pink, and turquoise blue was the ‘Amsterdam’ logos on the heel and tongue giving the shoe a rich territorial theme, but these released in Paris, London, and Berlin as well as the home city of Amsterdam.

The overall production numbers of the Air Max AMS isn’t quite clear as they were not individually numbered (possibly around 200-250 pairs), but it’s been noted that these were not produced above a size 11.5.¬†Alongside this limited release of the Air Max AMS was a Friends-and-Family version that featured Parra’s trademark script logo stitched on the outer toe (just 24 pairs), and curiously enough, plus-11.5 sizes exist only in the Parra embroidered versions, with just two size 13s said to be in ‘circulation’. A sample version in orange/blue, inspired by plastic bags of a supermarket in Amsterdam called Albert Heijn, was also created; contrary to public belief, the sample version never officially released and was rejected by Nike in favor of the version we see today. Some final words on Parra: he’s a self-taught Dutch illustrator who has done work for Nike as well as skate brands Etnies and Zoo York in his earlier years and has done collaborations with Converse, Vans, and much more – all while maintaining his own clothing label Rockwell. A gallery of this Air Max 1 classic is just ahead, so let us know if you own one of the rare pairs and check back with us tomorrow for another great feature on an Air Max 1 icon!

Parra x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Amsterdam’
Brownstone/Blue Reef-Dark Oak

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Classics Revisited: Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’ (2003)

May 14th, 2012 by | 5 comments

atmos x nike air max 1 safari Classics Revisited: Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 Safari (2003)


Kicking off a fresh week of Classics Revisited segments is a look at some of the most coveted Air Max 1 releases of the last decade+ era. Although it would almost impossible to recount every single Air Max 1 release that has become available since the sneaker first debuted in 1987, we’d like to place a worthy spotlight on the ‘Ones’ the carried the sneaker game, and what better than one of the most memorable collaborations in history? Japanese retailer Atmos brought back the Air Max 1 and Air Safari in cohesion fifteen years after the two sneaker models debuted side-by-side; featuring a Safari print on the mudguard and ankle collar, a canvas twill material at the toe, a soft suede on the upper and heel, and a gum outsole, the Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’ boasted incredible quality in craftsmanship in an outstanding colorway that grasped ‘Safari’ undertones to a tee. One of the most prominent features of the Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 is the miniature swoosh on the outer toe of the forefoot – a detail seen in very few earlier Air Max 1 ‘Retro’ releases of the 2000′s as well as recent Patta collaborations. The Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’ stands as one of the undeniable heavyweights of sneaker history and is considered, by some, to be the greatest Air Max 1 ever. We’ve got more angles of this decade-old gem below so take a look and stay tuned as we will re-visit other Air Max 1 classics throughout the week!

Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’
Flax/Tennessee Orange-Chestnut-Light Graphite

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