SNEAKER STORIES: NIKE X SKEPTA AIR MAX TAILWIND V
Drawing inspiration from nature, namely the metamorphosis of the butterfly, also as a personal expression of creative rebirth, Nike and London-born artist Skepta revisit an iconic favorite, the Air Max Tailwind 5.
With his fifth SK Air offering, Skepta, who has left an indelible mark on London’s music scene with his game-changing flow and expansive creative universe, has also had a profound impact on footwear by applying his aesthetic to a handful of iconic Air Max designs. Now is the turn of another golden icon in sneaker history: The Air Max Tailwind 5.
In Chrome Red and Chrome Blue, a sublimated butterfly print spreads its wings over the upper surrounded by a supporting, structural black webbing while the subtle iridescence around the heel nods to the thermographic cover art from Skepta’s 2019 album, Ignorance Is Bliss.
“We are all going through metamorphosis, a new stage of life,” Skepta says. “We chose this butterfly print out of about 50 different options because it had to evoke the correct emotion.”
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