Comme des Garçons’ Ruffled Nike Air Force 1 Mid Colab Releases This WeekRelease: 23 October 2020
Japanese fashion monolith Comme des Garçons are back with another Nike collaboration, this time on the Air Force 1 Mid. It’s a lesser seen model for joint efforts, but CdG have squeezed as much variation out of it as they can, while retaining the original AF-1 DNA. That approach falls in line with the ideology of brand founder Rei Kawakubo who embraces the idea that it is not possible to make something completely new. There’s only really so much one can do with the Mid.
There are plenty of familiar sights on this AF-1, namely the raw edges and exposed foam seams that have highlighted the deconstructed sneaker trend that high-fashion labels like CdG and Off-White, among others, have indulged in. Here, just about every upper panel is finished with a wavy edge past the stitch lines, and the requisite unfinished tongue edge is here too, with foam sponge on show. The deconstruction continues with unlined innards, which means these could fit differently to usual AF-1s.
The Comme des Garçons x Nike Air Force 1 Mid releases on October 23 at CdG and Dover Street Market locations, and a wider drop at CdG stockists is expected to follow. The size run is a very generous 5 to 13 US men’s (6.5 to 14.5 US women’s).