Deconstruction is among one of the strongest forces in fashion today. A lot of currently hot and top designers are harkening back to the days of Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester, whose experimental views on fashion brought forth a movement that is still in vogue today. Even sneaker culture, a highly intricate market, has been subjected to deconstruction and presenting the shoes’ inner core on the outside. A recent pair of such is NikeLab’s collaborative Air Force 1 iteration with A-Cold-Wall.
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Release date: October 21, 2017
A-Cold-Wall is an up and coming fashion brand that follows in suit of deconstruction. Its founder, LVMH Prize finalist Samuel Ross, is known for his dissection of classic pieces and putting a streetwear but still upscale spin on them. He uses this same method with the beloved Air Force 1 in a collaboration between his brand and NikeLab. The icon’s new reinvention was released in a limited run on October 21, 2017, and costs $330 a pair.
As far as sneakers go in following fashion trends, this new Air Force 1 model follows the deconstruction aesthetic down to a tee. Ross took out almost all of the elements of the beloved sneakers and highlighted the very essence of the shoes’ silhouette and details. Even the famous swoosh logo of the iconic American brand was taken out, leaving behind the stitches of the benchmark that was once there. In a stark white and ecrew colorway, the pair also fits into the clinical aesthetic of A-Cold-Wall, taking them more into underground fashion territory.
If there’s something sure about sneakers, particularly Nike ones, it’s stable durability. But with this new iteration, that might not be the case. The construction, or rather deconstruction, of the shoes leave them very vulnerable to easy damage. This pair is not one to wear for any sport or athletic endeavor, especially with how unstable the laces are attached and tied to the shoes altogether.
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