Laika Studios and Nike Team Up for a “Missing Link” Air Max Susan
Run by Nike founder Phil Knight’s son Travis Knight, animation studio Laika are partnering up with dear old dad’s Beaverton team for an Air Max Susan — an altered take on the Air Max 1 — inspired by the main character of their new “Missing Link” film.
Mr. Link’s brown, yellow, and green palette was designed to emphasize his Pacific Northwest roots and stand in stark contrast to the urban aesthetic presented by his co-star Sir Lionel Frost, so his shoes — designed by Tinker Hatfield and animator Michael Berger — take on a playful aesthetic that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Green and plaid overlays match the featured creature’s suit and tux to a T, while a leather-wrapped midsole and leather “cuff links” in the top two eyelets add an intentionally slapdash touch of style. The shoe’s name is drawn from the beginning of the film, in which Mr. Link introduces himself as “Susan” in a ham-handed attempt to hide his true identity from Frost, who’s the world’s greatest monster chaser.
Laika is no stranger to collaborations with the Swoosh, though, with the dup teaming up on several projects in the past — most notably the “Paranorman” Foamposite Ones — but this will be the first time that their collaboration will see a retail release. The Air Max 1 is due to arrive on Nike SNKRS on April 9th for $170, three days before the feature film arrives in theaters on April 12th. While you wait, take in an official look at the collaborative release below.
Nike Air Max Susan
Style Code: CK6643-100
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
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