With Air Max 270, Inspired by food’s “bonding effect” between disparate regions in China, the forthcoming pair features an equally-contrasting arrangement across its upper. Akin to a “What The” styling from 2007, which recently emerged on the Air Jordan 5, left and right shoes vary in both color palette and patterns: Light beige on the former nod to three flour-based dishes, as watercolor accents signal to mutton soup. Counterparts don’t lack their share of contrasting details, boasting shimmering silver profile swooshes reminiscent of both Chengdu hotpots and hooks on which geese pre-crispy roasting hang. Materials on the midfoot between both shoes also differ, but they come together perfectly to deliver one narrative of China’s diverse gastronomical landscape.
The Nike Dunk Low Low CNY continues its reign into the new year with the Street Hawker colorway. Originally thought to be a design to celebrate Chinese New Year, the story behind the upper is unique in itself, reflecting on the world-wide love for Chinese food.as the upper features mismatched watercolors on a majority canvas, leather, and suede construction. From there, Chinese characters replace traditional "Nike" heel embroidery. Additionally, a stitched copper coin pays homage to Eastern culinary culture.
While the Nike Air Huarache remains a year removed from its 30th anniversary, Nike is selecting the Tinker Hatfield design as the next proposition to receive the aforementioned “University Blue” scheme. The in-line lifestyle model designed by footwear titan Tinker Hatfield now arrives in an icy build complete with striking glacial blue tones on the upper running through the leather mudguards and medial flaps. Similarly, dotted mesh sets its touch on the toe boxes, while a soft velour-like fabric adds delightful texture to the quarter underlays, collars, and heel areas.