British-Nigerian artist Skepta is now a household name thanks to his decades of work in the UK grime and hip-hop scene. Now with more global influence on the genre than ever, Skepta has partnered with Nike Sportswear to bring his own journey of shoe collecting to life through a unique collaboration with the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra for the model’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Skepta designed his upcoming Nike Air Max 97 Sk with the natural color palette of Morocco in mind and used 1999’s Nike Air Tuned Max for inspiration with hints of iridescence throughout. He told Nike News that the Tuned Max was the first shoe that he ever saved up money to buy and wanted to translate that nostalgia over to his collaborative creation. What resulted was a brand new rendition of the Air Max 97 featuring a polyurethane-coated copper, with rose gold leather hints paired with a black mesh and an updated welded Swoosh logo instead of the usually embroidered insignia.
Check out more detailed shots including a lifestyle gallery of Skepta in Morroco after the break and grab your pair starting September 2nd on Nike+ SNKRS, Nike.com and from select retailers. Head over to Nike News for Skepta’s full rundown of the inspiration, too.
Skepta x Nike Air Max 97 Ultra “SK”
Release Date: September 2nd, 2017
Style Code: AJ1988-900
Source: Nike News