By dint of seeing Swoosh-stamped Nike Air Force 1 sneakers on the feet of streetwear fashion enthusiasts, we almost forget that Nike remains above all a sports brand that continues to equip many athletes as well as amateur and professional level teams. Among these is the Nigeria national football team for which the Beaverton firm has been designing official kits since 2018. Thanks to these kits, and more particularly the jerseys worn by the Super Eagles during their matches, the Nigerian selection has seen its aura grow, not only on the African continent but also in the rest of the world where football fans have appropriated its colors. It must be said that these famous swimsuits are really attractive, thanks in particular to their traditional patterns shaped in a modern spirit. Building on their success, the designers of the American giant drew inspiration from these patterns to create a collection of sneakers called “Naija”, in reference to the term used to refer to the Nigerian people as a whole. Of all these sneakers, the most successful is undoubtedly the Air Force 1 that Nike offers us in a React version scheduled for release on September 28.
A brand new Air Force 1 inspired by the Nigeria football jersey.
At a time when all sneakers addicts have their eyes riveted on the Nike SB Dunk which will be released in the coming days in an unprecedented iteration signed by Virgil Abloh and his Off-White label, the American equipment manufacturer has seen fit to give a little attention to an Air Force 1 a little less in the spotlight than usual. After a colorful collaboration with Berlin artist Ruohan Wang, whom you can discover or rediscover here, Bruce Kilgore’s iconic shoe resurfaces in an imprint that has been talked about a lot since it leaked on social media. From the ‘’ Naija ’’ pack, the pair is presented in an aesthetic specific to React models with a reworked finish in leather, textile and synthetic fiber in the colors of the Nigerian football team. There are therefore several shades of green, starting with “Pine Green” and “Green Strike”, which skillfully coexist with touches of black applied to the quarter panel, the midsole and the laces. The visual details that adorn the Nigeria jersey are evidently present on the toe box, upper eyelets and heel. Finally, note that an appropriate “Naija” branding has been grafted onto the top of the tongue of the laces and the inside of the left foot.