Remakes and remixes are inspired by any number of events, people, and items, but this is probably a first in the sneaker game: a set of Nike Air Max’s inspired after the London Underground subway system. Touted as the world’s first underground subway system, the upper gets reworked by Roundel to recreate the upholstery of the train cars that snaked their way through the tunnels, woven in a jacquard pattern made from moquette, which is a dense fabric. The unique pattern was first created by famed designer Misha Black in 1978 and was executed with a full, one-piece weaving process that wraps around the foot for a new Air Max fit without sacrificing its classic look. The kicks also feature the classic Roundel branding on the tongue and natural gum rubber outsoles. The first 150 pairs will be released at a Piccadilly Circus station pop-up kiosk space at 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 14 as a celebration of Transport for London’s 150th anniversary as well as other select Nike retailers. The shoes cost £100 GBP (approximately $163 USD) for the Air Max 90 and £95 GBP (approximately $156 USD) for the Air Max 1s.
Release Date: December 14, 2013 (Saturday)