After it was first teased last October, we now have a detailed look at READYMADE and Nike‘s unique black, white and orange Blazer collaboration. Conceptualized by READYMADE founder Yuta Hosokawa, the design is centered around a cobbled-together ethos that tinkers with standard footwear geometries and even introduces an element of sustainability.
Uppers – which seem to be built to suggest that they could fall apart at any minute — offer black fabric quarters that are delicately attached to collars and throats made foam material with a camo-like black and white print. Laces are tripled up, offering a jarring split between gray ovals, neon green bungees and white flats, none of which run the full length of the throat.
Unhinged build aside, the shoe’s most instantly notable details are served up by the orange Swoosh and the white midsole. The Swoosh is severely thinned out towards its crest and heel, while the middle retains full thickness. It’s also only partially secured to the upper: there’s no stitching on its lowest point or its back pieces. Meanwhile, the midsole provided a bubbling texture that almost looks as if it was heated to the point of melting before being left to cool.
Further flourishes are provided by a white synthetic heel piece with a hybrid tri-Swoosh/READYMADE graphic, large black heel tabs, a modified Nike Sportswear hit on the tongue tag that reads “NIKE/RE” in red and black, and a rubberized toe cap. Outsoles that appear to be constructed of sustainable Nike Grind rubber round off the look.
A release date for READYMADE’s unique Nike Blazer has yet to be announced, but expect it to arrive alongside a blue/white colorway sometime later this year.
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