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Skepta’s Latest Adventure in Air Highlights Evolution

March 26, 2021 - With his fifth SK Air offering, London-born artist Skepta draws inspiration from the natural world to breath new life into a cult favorite Tailwind series. He masterfully pulls together a vision connecting the metamorphosis that butterflies undergo and the role of creative rebirth in his career. 

The Air-Sole debuted in the late ’70s with the original Tailwind, and each successive model in the series has furthered an evolution in Air cushioning and a revolution in aesthetic. The V carries an early 2000s futurism, and its absorption into the SK Air lineage advances the story by merging the striking heel counter of the V with the arresting butterfly wing-inspired upper of the 2007 Tailwind V Plus. This mash-up is consistent with Skepta's celebration of Air, which continues to follow a “better is temporary” ethos and finds new ways to honor icons of AM heritage — whether in subtle color and material interplay or more overt fusion.

A sublimated blue butterfly wing print across the shoe’s upper serves as another nod to Skepta’s exploration of evolution in both nature and art. “We are all going through metamorphosis, a new stage of life,” Skepta says. “We chose this butterfly print out of about 50 different options because it had to evoke the correct emotion.”

The shoe also references elements of past SK models and Skepta’s career. Notably, the chrome Swoosh references the 2019 SK Shox and the thermographic heel counter salutes the artist’s “Ignorance is Bliss” album cover. 

The Nike Air Tailwind V x Skepta, and its corresponding tracksuit and bucket hat, releases April 2 in Asia Pacific, Europe and Greater China.

March 14, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2  "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by the strength of hardened alloy.

The third Nike Metcon 2 Amplify from the "Strong as Steel" collection arrives on March 21 at Nike.com.

March 09, 2016 - The pattern on the new LeBron XIII young athletes' basketball shoe is inspired by the All-Star's favorite cereal.

March 08, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2 "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by forged metal in a malleable state of change.

The second Nike Metcon 2 from the "Strong as Steel" collection arrives on March 14 at Nike.com.

March 08, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2  "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by the intensity of red-hot liquid.

The first Nike Metcon 2 from the "Strong as Steel" collection is now available on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Art Nouveau and the Parisian Metropolitan arches, the “City Collection" Nike Air Max 1 Ultra women's shoe has an intricate, curving print that pays homage to the City of Light's rich design history.

The “City Collection" Nike Air Max 1 Ultra arrives March 16 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by ancient Chinese architecture and textiles, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max 90 Ultra women's shoe has a bright pattern dedicated to the vibrant city of Shanghai.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max 90 Ultra arrives March 17 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Victorian patterns, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max BW Ultra women's shoe is an ode to London's design heritage.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max BW Ultra arrives March 18 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Art Deco design and the iconic Chrysler Building, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max Thea Ultra women's shoe is an ode to New York's architectural history.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max Thea Ultra arrives March 19 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Japanese wave patterns, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max Zero Ultra women's shoe is dedicated to the city of Tokyo.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max Zero Ultra arrives March 28 on Nike.com.