KITH x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Japan” Drops This Weekend
The most talked-about Air Force 1 of 2019 never happened, and we’re still a little heated bout it — even though we knew it was subject Ronnie Fieg’s signature formula for hype. Late last year, the KITH founder teased a White, Blue and Red Air Force 1 Low that featured fine fabrications and slight retoolings. It, like many, many other teased by Fieg, remained a family and friends exclusive. But now Ronnie and Co. is adding even more salt to an already bitter bunch of sneakerheads, with another (likely regional-exclusive) edition of the sneaker that pays homage to Japan — part of either the leadup to the now postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo, or pointing to KITH opening its first chapter store in the country.
Revealed on the cover of Japan’s SHOES MASTER magazine, the pair arrives in almost identical fashion to the aforementioned family and friends, barring a few tweaks. Fieg, frequently on the minimal-luxe end of the design spectrum, Ronnie is right in his wheelhouse here by adding subtle affluent accents to the iconic sneaker. Liners are applied in plush red velour, while sail sole units give off a pre-aged vibe. Forefoot mini Swooshes also arrive in red, and the pair is championed by an embossed KITH-branded mid-panel. Completing the design are KITH-branded tongue tags that honor the Land of the Rising Sun, and KITH Air-branded insoles.
Update 06.27.20 // Official images for the KITH x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Japan” have landed ahead of their expected release next month. It’s still unclear if this will be a regional-exclusive, but one thing is for sure: these will be hard to get. Grab a look at the KITH x Air Force 1 “Japan” here below, and stay tuned into our official Twitter account for further updates.
Update 06.30.20 // Ronnie Fieg has confirmed a release for the KITH x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Japan” exclusively at Kith’s new Tokyo location this Saturday, July 4th. The pair is a tribute to his youth in Queens, where he spent countless hours locating, chasing, and hunting down early 2000s co.JP exclusive Air Force 1s which never released Stateside. In fact, it was this inspiration that served as a basis for the new Tokyo store fixtures and, as part of that, Nike jumped on board for his own Japan-exclusive release in celebration of Kith’s first international retail space. A Stateside release is highly unlikely to occur, but should any further information arise, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.
Kith x Nike Air Force 1 “Japan”
Style Code: CZ7926-100
Color: White/University Red-Metallic Gold
Release Date: July 4th, 2020 [Japan Exclusive]
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