London-based grime artist Skepta has teamed up with Nike again for a collaborative sneaker. The Air Max 97 Sk sees Skepta reimagine the 97 silhouette with a color palette apparently inspired by a recent visit to the Moroccan town of Essouira.
“I found Morocco, and it was perfect. Everything I wanted to feel about peace, I found it there.” Another influence on the 97 Sk is the 1999 Air Tuned Max, which was the first shoe Skepta ever saved up to buy. “I wanted to bring its magic to the 97,” he says, “the magic that first made me fall in love with Air Max.” – Skepta
Some details on the sneaker include braided embroidery along the tongue and heel, which is a tribute to the embellished sportswear Skepta saw in Morocco, an insole print inspired by traditional Moroccan patterns, and an original Sk logo, which is a reference to the Air Max TN logo and comes in the shape of a UK electrical plug.