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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 04, 2016 - The Nike Flyknit Racer is now available in a bright "Santa Monica Sunset" colorway, inspired by the rich running heritage of the city and its residents' favorite time to train.

March 03, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra women's shoe arrives in Bright Crimson on March 3 at Nike.com.

March 02, 2016 - The Nike Air Max 1 Print juxtaposes a smooth, suede mudguard with a vibrant, seasonal cherry blossom-inspired upper.

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Nike Classic Cortez Cherry Blossom

March 02, 2016 - The Nike Classic Cortez Cherry Blossom shoe wraps the original Bowerman design in a seasonal print.

March 02, 2016 - The Nike Air Max Thea Print features premium lightweight cushioning, a low-cut profile and a seasonal cherry blossom print for lasting comfort and understated style.

March 02, 2016 - Inspired by the practice of meditation and the concept of Zen, the Nike Roshe One embodies simplicity. The Nike Roshe One Cherry Blossom gives the shoe seasonal appeal with a beautiful new floral print.

March 02, 2016 - Introduced by Nike Basketball in 1972, the Nike Blazer has since become a modern style staple. The Nike Blazer Mid Print features a seasonally-driven cherry blossom graphic.

March 02, 2016 - The Nike Air Rift, which debuted in 1996, takes inspiration from Kenyan barefoot runners. Twenty years later, the street style favorite gets a lift via a new cherry blossom print.

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Nike Internationalist Jacquard Premium

March 01, 2016 - The Nike Internationalist Jacquard Premium updates the classic early '80s runner with a woven, breathable jacquard upper and comfortable foam midsole.