New Japan-Inspired Nike Air Max 95 Nods to OG Colourway
Japan has historically been a significant spiritual home for the Nike Air Max 95 ever since its introduction in 1995. Much like the Air Jordans that were coveted street status symbols, and the bounty of occasionally violent flare-ups over in the US, the AM95 was subject to periods of notoriety as the hottest sneaker in the Far East. The much broader availability of the model in the market today thankfully means supply is meeting demand – meaning consumers are happy. And yet, Nike still have the scope to put out hot colorways to whet appetites for Air, such as this upcoming 95 that makes reference to both its alternate Japanese heritage and an archival colourway.
Catalogue reciters will immediately recognise parallels to the OG ‘Comet’ colourway of the AM95. Unlike the microfibre used across the upper strips of the original, this homage gets an upmarket upgrade with patterned textiles and canvas, making for a subtly attractive change that entices the eyes to get up close. Also low-key is the oriental floral pattern superimposed into the reflective heel strip, and it’s also found on the outsole spine, replacing the usual Nike Air branding. Furthermore, cherry blossom branch graphics are found on the insoles to complement the inside logos.
Release details are currently hazy, and it could be entirely possible that this will be a Japanese exclusive. Stay tuned for confirmation.