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The Details Behind G-DRAGON's Nike Air Force 1 "Para-noise"

November 03, 2019 - G-DRAGON, the Seoul-born hip-hop star, didn't always have easy access to his favorite sneakers, the Nike Air Force 1.

"Ever since I came across hip-hop as a kid, AF1 has had a meaning greater than just shoes," says G-DRAGON. "I couldn’t afford them, so I would always pass the Nike store and admire them with my eyes and heart only. For those who loved hip-hop culture, oversized clothes, hats and matching-colored AF1s was the uniform."

Progressing as a performer and blossoming into a worldwide phenomenon, G-DRAGON has made the Air Force 1 an integral part of his uniform. The Nike Air Force 1 "Para-noise" reflects this overtly with a unique upper fabrication that features a black painted overlay designed to slowly wear away over time to reveal a personal artwork created by G-DRAGON.

The artwork conveys a sense of optimism, inspired by the singer-songwriter's vision of a world where the youth are unified through creativity and a free exchange of ideas. For G-DRAGON, art is an important expression of self that pushes culture forward.

"I was made by a culture derived by people from the past," he says.

Additional embellishments include a daisy embroidered on the tongue and removable custom pins in the upper eyelets.

The Nike Air Force 1 Para-noise launches globally November 23.

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Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski 'Skate Mental'

June 14, 2016 - Nike SB and hardgoods brand Skate Mental partner on a Zoom Stefan Janoski that features an all-over pizza print inspired by a dietary staple of skateboarders everywhere. 

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski 'Skate Mental' is available June 17 at nike.com/snkrs

June 14, 2016 - The Nike Air Rift Ultra Breathe, inspired in part by Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, now features an upper formed of breathable mesh — ideal for summer’s heat.

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Air Max 1, designed using an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow.

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Cortez, designed using an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow.

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NikeCourt x Liberty Tennis Classic

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Tennis Classic, designed using an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow.

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Air Rift, designed using an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow.

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NikeCourt x Liberty Benassi Slide

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Benassi Slide, designed using an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow.

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NikeCourt x Liberty Air Zoom Vapor 9.5

June 13, 2016 - NikeCourt joins forces with Liberty of London for the NikeCourt x Liberty Air Zoom Vapor 9.5. The silhouette marries a performance hardcourt outsole with an exclusive print, Dawn Meadow, in the upper. 

June 11, 2016 - The Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit builds on the design of the Free Mercurial Superfly with a ribbed Flyknit upper on an outsole reminiscent of the 1997 Zoom Spiridon.

The white colorway is now available on SNKRS app, Nike.com and at select retailers.