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For many sneakerheads who have a penchant for design, collaborating with Nike is the gold standard, as is the case for Kith’s Ronnie Fieg. As a youngster, he and his peers wanted to stand out, opting for the Uptempos and the Pippens later on than the more popular Air Jordans. He has religiously bought every version to be released since, buying two at a time. As fate would have it, Fieg would soon make a name in fashion with street-gear selling Kith. When the chance to design his very own Nike came knocking at his door, he gladly welcomed it, determined in creating shoes that will be prime and unique.
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Release date: October 2017
The Air Pippen Chimera was only one of the collabs with Nike that Fieg has designed, but with its silhouette featuring a variety of animal prints, it is already a standout just like Fieg has intended. It employs pony hair, another modish choice for the striking exterior. The shoes took its name after the mythological creature as Fieg likened Scottie Pippen to the chimera, which is versatile and bold.
Want to spice your sneaker collection up a bit? The Nike x Kith Air Pippen 1 Chimera is one way to go. This doesn’t need any explaining, really, as the different animal patterns based on leopard, tiger and zebra skins are really screaming for attention. The material is of high quality, the leather on the inner particularly feels luxurious. The construction is impressive and really gives the shoes a strong vibe befitting of a wild animal, or a chimera. These also afford you to mix it up with another pair of laces that also complement the design.
Given its “crazy” design, the Chimeras would take effort and thought when matching with clothes from your wardrobe. Unless you have many pieces of clothing that would complement the Chimera, then we would imagine that this is not a pair you would like to wear everyday. When it comes to sizing, the shoes run very big, so it is advisable to take a pair that is half or a size smaller than your usual picks. Just as these aren’t you go-to off-duty shoes, they also aren’t the kicks you buy for comfort. Even in the absence of the wild exterior, the Air Pippens were not especially noted for their comfort, often leaving the wearer feeling heavy and clunky.
Image credits: Sneaker Files (featured image), Sole Collector, Kicks on Fire, Nice Kicks, Kith (article images)