Kick On with Tinker Hatfield’s Latest Sneaker: the Nike Air SeshRelease: 15 October 2021
Dancing is a highly athletic activity that sometimes requires dedicated footwear. While some disciplines have specialised designs, such as pointe shoes for ballet, the more dynamic and free-flowing style of street dance adds an additional layer of complexity: steez. Dancers have long appropriated popular sneakers for their routines but now, thanks to Nike and Tinker Hatfield, there’s a new kick in town that’ll stomp the yard: the Air Sesh.
Hatfield developed the Air Sesh in collaboration with LA dance crew Kinjaz, who provided valuable real-world insights into designing a sneaker that can handle energetic and physically demanding movements. Flexibility was an absolute necessity, which the Air Sesh accommodates with deep grooves in the sole. Another important consideration is the paradoxical ability of the tread to be simultaneously grippy and slick – surely an interesting challenge for someone with Hatfield’s portfolio to tackle.
Aforementioned is the additional requirement of the Air Sesh to be stylish. Hatfield draws on Nike’s rich archive and uses one of the brand’s best known colourways: the classic white, red and blue derived from the Cortez, which is translated seamlessly onto a reliable silhouette reminiscent of simple skate and tennis shoes. The Air Sesh is finished off with some modern touches in a backwards Travis Scott-style medial Swoosh, plus a glow-in-the-dark outsole Swoosh.
The Nike Air Sesh is available now to select Nike members, and a wider release will follow.