The Fast & Furious x Nike Sneaker Collaborations We’d Like to See
As we gear up for the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise – F9 – we took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing over 20 years of OTT action, corny one-liners and, of course, the all-important sports cars.
Much like sneakers, the automotive world has a special affinity with detailing and customisation, with owners jumping at any opportunity to make their vehicles their own – both aesthetically and under the hood. Surprisingly, however, the realms of F&F and sneakers have rarely crossed lanes – something we thought we could help to change.
Packed with plenty of high-performance mods, here are the Fast & Furious x Nike sneaker collaborations we’d like to see.
Nike Shox TL ‘Toyota Supra Mark IV’
Driven by Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker) in the OG film, the Toyota Supra Mark IV is arguably the most recognisable car from the entire Fast & Furious franchise. Sporting an unmistakable ‘Candy Pearl Orange’ paint job with toxic green accents, the restored street racer had enough speed to smoke a Ferrari.
For this special Shox TL, the performance mods are visible for all to see. The iconic midsole is injected with NOS for a little extra bounce when you need it, while the bi-plane rear wing adds some lightweight style to the mix.
Nike Air Zoom-Type SE ‘Mitsubishi Eclipse’
While short-lived, the role of Brian’s Mitsubishi Eclipse can’t be understated. The green machine introduces us to the world of underground street racing at the beginning of the first film, but unfortunately succumbs to the gunfire of Johnny Tran.
Turns out nitrous oxide and bullets aren’t a good combination – unlike this Air Zoom-Type in a neon volt/blue colourway. Adding to the sneaker’s details are decals decorating the double-stacked midsole, and NOS in the Air Zoom Pod.
Nike Air Max Plus ‘Dodge Charger R/T’
You can’t flex your sneakers without a little bit of muscle! Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T has been one of the mainstays of Fast & Furious over the past two decades, and this Chrysler classic provides the supercharged inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Air Max Plus.
The streamlined ‘TN’ silhouette delivers a stark juxtaposition to the Charger’s robust build, borrowing the black and silver tones from Vin Diesel’s vehicle of choice. A beefy engine ornament pops out from under the toe box, while chrome-modded wheels are attached to the Air Max sole unit. It’s the perfect TN for those who live life a quarter mile at a time.
Nike Air Max 97 ‘Nissan Skyline GT-R R34’
After nine mainline films, one spin-off, and a Netflix series, the finer F&F details are starting to become a bit blurry. That said, one of the thing’s we’ll always remember fondly is Brian’s ultra-stylish Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from 2 Fast 2 Furious. It seemed like everyone wanted one after seeing it tear up the streets in the sequel, and we’d like to think the same thing goes for this Air Max 97.
The familiar blue racing-stripe details appear on the ‘Platinum Pearl’ upper, with a carbon-fibre panel on the side displaying the GT-R logo. The speckled midsole keeps the full-length Air Max unit under the hood, while NOS is injected into the heel bubble for a speed boost. Last but not least, the rear of the sneaker is styled with a C-West full-carbon wing.
What’s the retail on one of those?
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