Some dreams just never die. Just ask John Elliott—it was his wish ever since he was a kid to design shoes for Nike. As an eight-year-old, he sent his own sketches to the Swoosh after being encouraged by his mother. He didn’t get the stint at first try, and he was gently let down by Nike through the letter he got back from them, but his determination did not waver. Even as he was establishing his own company, a Nike collaboration was among the top goals. The successful menswear designer soon got just that, and found himself sprucing up the Nike Vandal, one of the brand’s many popular collections.
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Release date: June 2017
The Vandal just isn’t any sneaker for John Elliott, it was actually a silhouette close to heart and something he has been identified with from his teens through early adulthood. A lifelong sneakerhead, Elliott was drawn to the Vandal’s straightforward design and versatility. His ideas for the shoes spawned two versions, both made with suede, and first saw light during the New York Fashion Week. They were released for purchase in June 2017, with the limited edition shoes selling almost instantly.
The Nike Vandals made by John Elliott still maintain most of the familiar details even if the designer took away the rand and made it more modern with the rolled seam. The swoosh stays, of course, but this time is made more noticeable by the layering. The silhouette shows its best features, aided with Elliott’s choice of soft and neutral colors while using materials that do not skimp on quality, lending your feet a really rich and refined appearance. They’re pretty versatile like the originals, and if you’re a fan of John Elliott, then good news—these will go along well with apparel from the label. Plus, these are reasonably priced at $150, which is considerably cheaper than other collabs.
Many sneakerheads were out of luck in purchasing these shoes the moment they were released. Chances are, you’d still have a hard time unless you give in to resellers who have jacked up the price. Fit-wise, these run large, so it is preferable to take a size or a half smaller than what you usually go with.
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