Similar to the fore-Similar to the fore-mentioned Nike SB Dunk Low SP “Shanghai”, the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 SP also points to another pivotal design from the past, the 2006 CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss of Death”. A collaboration between Nike, celebrity Edison Chen and MC Yan of Hong Kong’s CLOT creative agency, the original design features several prominent features. In addition to its transparent TPU upper, CLOT’s creation calls for a pressure points illustration on one’s foot imprinted along the shoe’s sockliner. Another reference to the 12 meridians between body and Earth, the first 200 pairs came in a specially designed packaging with semblance to ancient Chinese medicine box.
With the 2006 design as their focal point, the Nike Sportswear design team went on to recreate the original features, though with a 2013 Air Max 1 SP as their base. Instead of the translucent TPU upper, the team replaced it with an open mesh application (a nod to the new Nike Tech Fleece) to save weight and promote breathability. Additional inputs from Edison Chen and the crew at CLOT transformed this new collab further, now in ultra-lightweight Nike Hyperfuse construction. An embroidered wreath highlights the Chinese character “Shen” in the collection’s association with Shanghai, the only “original” aspect of this CLOT collab is its sockliner and an icy translucent outsole, both still featuring a variant of the 12 meridian points graphic.
Like the Nike SB Dunk Low SP “Shanghai”, the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 SP will launch as a China-Only release this Saturday, August 31st, available through CLOT’s JUICE Shanghai location, Nike Huahai flagship store, and Nike X158 Shanghai retail concept. A global release should come later on this year.
September 1st, 2013 (Sunday) – Shanghai, China
To Be Announce – Worldwide