RE-Fresh: Nike Vandal (1984)

By - January 18th, 2011

RE Fresh: Nike Vandal (1984)

Produced by: Dan Hwang
Written by: Jesse Carr

For our second installment of RE-Fresh, a bi-weekly segment that aims to give well-deserved attention to sneakers of yesteryear, we look at a special edition of the Nike Vandal. Many other famous Nike sneakers that were born within a few years of the Vandal’s release, the Dunk (1986) and the Air Force 1(1983) for instance, have enjoyed what must be hundreds of colorways and re-interpretations since they were released. The Vandal, however, hasn’t received the same number of retros, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t enjoyed some special editions. In 2003, Geoff Mcfetridge, who had a stint as the art director of the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal magazine, crafted what became one of the most famous interpretations of the Nike Vandal which offered the user some unique customizing options which were inherent in the design.

Before looking the McFetridge model, however, let’s take a look at the historical context of the first sneaker to feature a nylon upper. After the seminal release of the Blazer in 1972, Nike began to make waves in the Basketball sneaker market. And while the 70s drew to a close, Nike slowly started to introduce new models, including the Bruin, the All Court, and the Franchise, each of which featured the new branding phenomenon–the Swoosh. As the 80s rolled in, the Dynasty the Legend were born, both of which were high-top models that began to appear on the feet of prominent N.B.A. and college ballers. The Georgetown Hoyas rocked the Legend, and even had grey undershirts with the sneaker printed on the sleeve–which gave the league notice of on-court marketing. The 80s were a time of expression on the hardwood, and the subsequent Nike models that released, including the Vandal, were a part of a trend towards self-expression that extended to the stoops and corners of cities everywhere.

4 comments
nike free sales
nike free sales

I see these as being revolutionary, but some things can only be done once and I see this as one of those things. What I’m referring to is Nike SB’s Statue of Liberty Dunk High. They are a bite off of these. These were a classic, where as those killed the idea of tearaways. These will never die, the VANDAL will never die, because it is a true classic and isnt yet mainstream like Js, SBs, and AF1s which imo have been played out for awhile.

chobi
chobi

que modelo de nike es el que aparece en la pelicula terminator y si todavia lo puedo encontrar y en donde gracias

Pardonmyfresh
Pardonmyfresh

I can remember geek'n heavy on these heavy when they dropped in 03...Then I sold them in like 05 or somethin...gotta learn to live with regrets! Vid was awesome and somewhat disturbing btw!

henry
henry

I see these as being revolutionary, but some things can only be done once and I see this as one of those things. What I'm referring to is Nike SB's Statue of Liberty Dunk High. They are a bite off of these. These were a classic, where as those killed the idea of tearaways. These will never die, the VANDAL will never die, because it is a true classic and isnt yet mainstream like Js, SBs, and AF1s which imo have been played out for awhile.