Chitose Abe‘s sacai and Nike are gearing up to release a third batch of Vaporwaffle colorways after drops in November and December, and one member of this third batch is the “Dark Iris.” Featuring a boisterous mixture of purple and burnt orange, the “Dark Iris” has been teased since last fall — but now, with the arrival of a full set of official images, its release appears to be imminent.
Apart from the new color scheme, the “Dark Iris” differs from its predecessors in another major way: its material composition. Where previous Vaporwaffles used a mixture of mesh and suede on the upper, the “Dark Iris” swaps out the mesh for a smooth nylon build to further its retro Nike Sportswear inspiration. This nylon is dressed in a medium purple shade, while the eponymous iris tone arrives on the suede mudguard and eyestays plus the leather heel clip.
As is par for the course, there’s a wealth of doubled-up detailing to be had as well. Purple and white nylon tongues with unique branding stack under purple and white laces. Quarter panels are covered by a duo of Swooshes, namely a burnt orange leather iteration atop a low-slung screen printed purple variation that drops down onto the midsole. The midsole itself is made mostly of white foam, but also features a slab of sail foam at the heel under its turned-up “lip.” Purple screen printed details under the eyestays, orange leather heel tabs with purple co-branded details and black outsoles round off the look.
The sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle “Dark Iris” has yet to receive a formal release date, but, as mentioned above, the presence of official images indicates that it’ll hit Nike SNKRS in the coming weeks.
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