ARTICLE BY Gabe Filippa

The Squid Game x Nike Collaborations We Need to See

Squid Game x Nike SB Dunk Low

South Korean survival horror Squid Game has absolutely eviscerated the zeitgeist in 2021. The blood-soaked battle royal is now ranked #1 on Netflix in 90 different countries, and boasts an eye-watering 111 million views worldwide. The series is so popular, in fact, that a South Korean internet provider sued the streaming platform to pay for network and maintenance costs!

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Squid Game x Nike Air Force 1 'Gi-Hun'

Squid Game x Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Gi-Hun’

How does one pay homage to the smiling, cash-strapped hustler perpetually chasing his own tail? Gi-Hun absolutely had to take flight with the death-defying Nike Air Force 1.

We’ve built the Air Force 1 in a peppermint tracksuit sewn with the number patch (456) on the uppers and tongues. Keeping the laces, eyelets and heel tabs white to reflect the stitching on our beloved hero’s tracksuit, the AF1 also features the obligatory, 3D blood-splatter Swoosh on the lateral sides.

The only way to ensure survival in the Squid Game bloodbath? The Air Force 1.

Squid Game x Nike SB Dunk 'Worker'

Squid Game x Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Worker’

Just because you’re at the bottom of the food chain, that doesn’t mean you can’t pack the protein with your choice of footwear. Manufactured with the very same candy-coloured tracksuit material worn by the workers, the Nike SB Dunk’s Swoosh is also emblazoned with the ubiquitous black plastic material used to protect their identities. Masks on!

In the engine room down below, the clean white midsoles are accented with 3M reflective detailing for glow-in-the-dark utility. With a circle symbol denoting rank, the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Worker’ will have you stepping up the Squid Game hierarchy in no time!

Squid Game x Nike SB Dunk Low 'Worker'

Squid Game x Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Guard’

When you’re a Squid Game guard, you have to come strapped. Affixed with a strap along the toebox, the Nike SB Dunk Low comes locked and loaded, the assault rifle-ready silhouette taking aesthetic cues from the fairy-floss pink tracksuit uniform of the guards. Again, blasted with 3M detailing perfect for nocturnal security checks, the Nike SB Dunk never looked prettier (or more ominous!)

Of course, the Swoosh now comes with the crucial triangle symbol denoting a higher rank.

Squid Game x Air Jordan 9 'Front Man'

Squid Game x Air Jordan 9 'Front Man'

When you’re one of the top dogs, you obviously need to make a strong statement with your sneakers. For our nefarious Air Jordan 9 ‘Front Man’, we've opted for black geometric shapes on the upper panels reminiscent of the character’s fearsome face mask, while black mesh replaces the classic AJ9 ventilation holes. Down below, 3D blood-splattered midsoles allude to the merciless nature of the ‘Front Man’, and Squid Game hierarchy symbolism replaces the legendary Jumpman branding.

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