ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko

Sashiko Stitching and Supple Suede Swathe the Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE'

Rich indigo tones and sashiko stitching just do something for a sneaker. Nike know this, and that's why we've seen the Air Force 1, SB Dunk Low, Air Jordan 4 and ISPA Drifter (a shoe that landed on our recent Biggest Sneaker Surprises list) get sashiko makeovers recently. The Air Force 1 Low even likes the style so much that it's back for round two, thanks to this new 'NAI-KE' makeup.

A beautiful blue suede is used on the upper, and much like the above-mentioned ISPA Drifter it appears to be of the hand-dyed variety thanks to colour variations on the sock liner and laces. Safe to say this isn't the type of shoe you'd want to wear a fresh white pair of cotton socks with! There's also plenty of sail stitching spread around the upper, which is acknowledged by an altered tongue badge that reads 'The One Line' in place of standard Air Force 1 text. On the inside, it comments on 'inner peace through sports'. The inspiration is a nod to Nike's 'One Line" sneaker, a production sample from the company's earliest days that was produced in Tianjin, China.

Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' Sashiko

Even the lace deubres are suede, and get in on the altered branding action with 'NAI-KE' hits of their own, while the Swoosh offers a Trompe L'oeil look with a slightly darker shade of blue and open-ended stitching that suggests it was removed by hand. If that wasn't enough, there are also special embellishments on the insoles and heels, while cream midsoles with their own indigo contrast stitching round off the look and a custom dustbag offers a premium storage option.

A release date for this Nike Air Force 1 Low 'NAI-KE' has yet to be announced but it'll likely release in the coming weeks, possibly as a Japan-exclusive style.

Want to see more high-heat Nike sneakers? Take a look at our list of 2021's best Swoosh drops here.

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