Virgil Abloh’s reach and influence in footwear design has crossed over into Nike’s sustainability efforts. The layered look with floating pieces can partly be attributed to Virgil’s vision that materialized with “The 10”, and it appears quite rampantly in this latest iteration from Nike Sportswear’s Scrap models. First seen with the Dunk Low in 2021, the Scrap look basically rebuilds the silhouette of the classic model with extraneous pieces and materials found on the factory room floor. And on the Air Max 90, it achieves that DIY look while providing a modern look.
As you can see, this Air Max 90 Scrap has far more components than the base model, with tiny switches of material used to cover up external seams. The Swoosh is attached via an intended uneven look as the belly of the logo hangs downwards like that beer gut that simply won’t go away, while the lace collar stacks a number of pieces a la the React Element 87. The plush interior lining pops out and folds over the heel, while added loops at the tongue and heel provide a sportier look.
Two colorways have surfaced for women – an all-white and the staple dusty pink/rose hue. A firm release date is not yet known, but we presume these to be part of the late SS22 collection. Of course, supply chain issues have not been alleviated, so there’s no telling when to expect these at retail stores.