Nike Sportswear and textile development company, maharam has a long-standing working relationship. The duo first joined forces in 2007, when Nike tapped maharam to produce a pair of limited edition Air Force 1 in 2007. Back then, Nike adopted Maharam layers that featured both embroidered and hand cut wool felt developed in collaboration with Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius. This time around, maharam re-energizes the Nike classic Dunk High for both men and women in a mix of leather and fabric. While previous collaborations are marked with rather complex and opulent materials such as horsehair, Maharam keeps things simple and sophisticated this time by designing around the concept of varsity.
The palette for each shoe is limited to three colors, and a bright color is always paired with a basic to keep things from getting too wild. The result is a collection of Dunks that translates textural depth instead of visual bedazzlement. One of the stand-out dunks, subtle as it actually is, is a monochrome tan number with a maharam tan fabric upper mixed in with a tonal Swoosh. White midsoles and gum outsoles keep the Dunk earthy and clean, perfect for those who adore the classic Dunk silhouette but is also looking for a touch of maturity.