I’m loving the most recent collaboration between Nike Sportswear and New York-based designer Steven Alan. You can dress these sneakers up or wear them in casual situations without thinking twice. Alan’s signature “classic with a twist” aesthetic is applied to 4 classic silhouettes from the Nike archives; the Air Zoom Toki, Air Max Talache Low AC, Air Zoom Lava Dome, and Air Zoom Magma AC.
Alan’s process involved stripping each style down to its basic form, adding premium materials such as suede and canvas, and implementing functional details such as the Dynamic Fit ankle insert found on the Air Zoom Toki model. He finished the collection off by adding urban tones ranging from grey, black and white to caramel, dark cinder, and obsidian.
The Nike Sportswear x Steven Alan collection will be available at Steven Alan locations nationwide and at StevenAlan.com starting January 20, 2011.
I applaud Nike’s openness to allowing designers to redefine classic models in their own aesthetic. Maybe one day they’ll open the vault up to yours truly!
Check out the rest of the Nike Sportswear x Steven Alan collection after the jump.
Nike Sportswear x Steven Alan Air Max Talache Low AC
Nike Sportswear x Steven Alan Air Zoom Magma AC
Nike Sportswear x Steven Alan Air Zoom Lava Dome