The latest collaboration between Nike and Fear of God sees designer Jerry Lorenzo’s penchant for elegant, modern reinterpretations of 90s styles focused on one particular piece of inspiration, the Nike Air Raid.
As the first Nike basketball model expressly designed for outdoor, asphalt court use the Air Raid cut a unique figure. Features designed to withstand the punishment of regular, outdoor use, configured into an overall aggressive aesthetic, featuring a grey and black color scheme geometric patterns, and distinctive, ‘X’ cross straps, made an immediate impression on Lorenzo, when a high school classmate walked into school sporting them. The idea of a shoe specifically intended for playground use represented an acknowledgement and a celebration of the street level, youth driven basketball culture. Rather than recreating a wholly retro look, Lorenzo opts to celebrate the contemporary state of basketball culture, using the Air Raid as a launching point.
The Nike Air 1 x Fear of God Raid adapts the outsized boldness of the early 90s for a contemporary, luxury infused, minimalist favoring sensibility. The overall silhouette is streamlined, with subtly distressed leather/textile uppers in Nike’s ‘Light Bone’ shade of off-white and a modern Air Zoom sole, allowing the signature crossed straps to stand out even more against the artfully pared down silhouette.
The Nike Air 1 x Fear of God Strap offers an even more radical, minimalist interpretation of the Air Raid. The classic moccasin silhouette is rendered with a one piece nylon upper, which utilizes a clasp closure and drawstring toggle cord at the heel, in lieu of traditional lacing. A forefoot strap, a scaled down take on the original Air Raid’s crossed straps, secures the foot further. The modern aesthetic of the Nike Air 1 x Fear of God Strap is accentuated by a pure platinum colorway, with minimal branding in the form of a contrasting, black swoosh, and tonal Fear of God text at the Air midsole.
Jerry Lorenzo’s modern takes on the Air Raid are accompanied by a range of basketball apparel staples, showcasing the sophisticated, fashion influenced spirit of contemporary culture, as a comprehensive look.