Previously mentioned, highly speculated and widely circulated around the internet, many sneakerheads were awaiting on more information to come from the collaborative Nike Air Max 1 TZ designed by Dutch artist Parra and Nike.
The artist who is known for his whimsical and uncanny characters reminiscent of a hybrid between animal and human is no stranger to working with Nike. Parra had previously created a pair of highly sought after black Air Maxim1 with electric blue accents and speckled soles, and had also worked on the CO-LAB Project Rivalry Collection.
For Spring 2010, Parra and Nike worked on the latter’s revolutionary Air Max 1 which debuted in 1987 and was designed to maximize stability and cushioning for runners. Of course, the visible bubble of Air Sole swept the sneaker world by surprise as sneaker connoisseurs revere in being able to see the Air Sole at work.
Parra adds his artistic tough to AM1’s rich heritage with a mono-chromatic burgundy suede and mesh upper with a collegiate terry chenille Swoosh. Unlike the collaborative Air Maxim 1, the midsole on the new Air Max 1 TZ are kept clean in white but accented with a happy multi-color outsole. Other Parra touches include the embroidered Parra logo chenille patch on tongue and hand-drawn Parra graphics on the insoles (with the artist’s famed speech bubbles included).
The collaborative Parra Nike Air Max 1 TZ is available exclusively to PATTA in The Netherlands and select Tier Zero accounts worldwide from March 13, including Nike Sportswear 1948 in London. Stay tuned for more release information to come and check with your local Nike Tier Zero retailer for fresh Parra kicks if you missed out on his previous collaborations.
Release Date: March 13th (Saturday)