MSCHF Are Makin' More Mischief With the TAP3 SneakerRelease: 21 March 2022
Almost a year after partnering with Lil Nas X for the ultra-viral 'Satan Shoes' – a modified Air Max 97 with real blood in the midsole – the merry jesters at MSCHF are back with an all-new sneaker dubbed the TAP3. Drawing from Nike's infamous all-black Air Force 1 Low, the TAP3 is the brand's first original silhouette, and, depending on how you see it, either a clever commentary on the proliferation of Air Force 1 bootlegs in recent years or a surefire ticket to another cease and desist from the Swoosh!
The chunky black sneaker is wrapped in yellow-and-red MSCHF-branded 'tape' and features special exclamation point graphics on its tongue tag. There's no 'AIR' graphic on the midsole here, as it's been replaced by a MSCHF hit, and the outsoles feature a heavily-warped version of the Air Force 1's famed pivot point traction pattern.
'The approximate shape of the AF1 has become the platonic ideal of a low-top sneaker,' the MSCHF team said in a press release. 'The first thing every brand that’s trying to pivot into sneakers does is make a pseudo-AF1 with a star-tipped lighting bolt, a flag, etc., where the swoosh would normally go. That cultural ubiquity makes it an attractive target for MSCHF to play with. And let’s be honest… it is a bit cathartic for us to launch this particular shoe almost exactly a year after the release of Satan Shoes.'
Expect the TAP3 to join MSCHF's viral 'Satan Shoes,' 'Jesus Shoes' and 'Birkin-Stocks' when it releases exclusively on the MSCHF webstore and app March 21 at 11 am EST. The MSRP for each pair is set at $220.