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Since mid-last year, rumors have been circulating that Supreme will be collaborating with Nike on an Air Max 96. Now, thanks to new images provided by Stadium Goods, we’ve finally got a look at the wild Max in the ‘Preme pipeline.
Supreme dresses the Air Max 96 in an all-black colorway, covering the upper in stark black leather. Supreme branding is relatively heavy, appearing repeatedly on the tongue ribbon, while a plastic plate sits at the heel. The all-black is offset with red detailing on the Swooshes adorning the heels and tongue, and Supreme branding on the footbeds – which is conveniently visible thanks to one special detail. The most eye-catching features are undoubtedly the translucent windows on the upper, which replace the traditional puffed-out mesh paneling.
Translucent uppers have slowly but surely been making their way back into the sneaker game, with several classic models from adidas’ Superstar to Converse Chuck Taylors and Vans Slip-Ons getting the see-through treatment. And with its upcoming Air Max 96, Supreme makes an unexpected but compelling case for the trend.
Considered the flagship Air Max model of 1996, this silhouette has only once been re-issued in its original form, namely in 2016. However, Supreme has proven a penchant for the obscure pages of Nike catalogs, so the brand’s interest in remaking the 96 should come as no surprise.
A release date for the Supreme x Nike Air max 96 has yet to be revealed, although the sneaker is expected to drop during Supreme’s ongoing SS21 release schedule. Stay tuned for an official announcement.
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