This may sound like a broken record being played, but what a year Nike have had. 2021 saw big sneaker releases almost on a weekly basis, and with December just beginning to dawn, it’s time to recap the top drops bearing a Swoosh (or in some cases, no Swoosh at all) since January 1. The brand’s best products were an eclectic mix of excellent retros, multi-way collaborations and even a glimpse into the future.
AMBUSH x Nike Dunk High ‘Deep Royal’AMBUSH x Nike Dunk High ‘Deep Royal’
Nike Dunk Low Sail/CoastNike Dunk Low Sail/Coast
Stussy x Nike Air Force 1 ‘Hand-Dyed’Stussy x Nike Air Force 1 ‘Hand-Dyed’
Stussy held onto a few pairs of their 2020 Air Force 1 colab and enlisted LA-based natural textile experts Lookout & Wonderland to hand-dye the shoes. Five tonal colours were chosen to represent major cities from Stussy’s ‘World Tour’ collective. Super rare, but examples exist on the secondary market.
Nike GO FlyEaseNike GO FlyEase
The Swoosh made a huge leap forward in accessible sneakers with the GO FlyEase, touted as the world’s first handsfree sneaker. This is what the future of footwear might look like. While retail availability of the GO FlyEase remains a challenge, pairs can be found on the secondary market.
Nike Air Max BW ‘Persian Violet’Nike Air Max BW ‘Persian Violet’
Kith x Nike Air Force 1 ‘Hawaii’Kith x Nike Air Force 1 ‘Hawaii’
Jean Paul Gaultier x sacai x Nike VaporwaffleJean Paul Gaultier x sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle
Fragment x sacai x Nike LDWaffleFragment x sacai x Nike LDWaffle
Patta x Nike Air 1 ‘Monarch’Patta x Nike Air 1 ‘Monarch’
Comme des Garçons x Nike Air Foamposite OneComme des Garçons x Nike Air Foamposite One
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