More Off-White x Nike Sneaker Collabs Are on the Way

While images of the forthcoming releases have yet to be revealed, the site shared pixelated images of seven pairs labeled as “ACTUALLY PENDING.” The shoes suspected to be in the mix include the long-awaited Futura x Off-White x Nike Dunk Lows, tennis legend Serena Williams’ Off-White x Nike Court Flare 2 PEs, the “Canary Yellow” Off-White x Air Jordan 1 High and lastly, two gold Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low styles reportedly dropping in July to coincide with the opening of Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit stop at ICA Boston.

There’s currently no official release information available for the latest wave of Off-White x Nike/Air Jordan collabs, but the pairs are expected to release soon. Scroll through for a rundown of the pairs you need to keep an eye out for.

Futura x Off-White x Nike Dunk Low

First previewed: Off-White Spring/Summer 2020 at Paris Fashion Week, June 2019

Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago that the Nike Dunk hype was still relatively tame. One of the biggest signifiers that the Dunk was about to take off was when Abloh previewed this three-way collaboration with legendary artist Futura at Paris Fashion Week. The two colorways nodded to classic Dunk color blocking and were given a splatter underlay treatment from Futura along with Abloh’s now-signature dual-lacing system. The pairs melded the Dunk’s past with its present, calling on the name behind some of the sneaker’s most important styles to work with the designer shaping today’s trends. Neither ended up hitting retailers, and Abloh instead released three Off-White x Dunk Lows without Futura’s added touch in December of 2019. Over a year later, it looks like the coveted Futura versions are set to release in the near future.

Off-White x Air Jordan 1 High ‘Canary Yellow’

First previewed: MCA Chicago “Figures of Speech” exhibit, June 2019

Abloh’s Off-White x Air Jordan 1s are among his most coveted sneaker designs. Releasing in three colorways thus far (“Chicago,” a Euro-exclusive white, and a UNC-inspired version), the model was his first Air Jordan collaboration and looks like it will receive at least one more variation before its story is finished. This “Canary Yellow” iteration was first seen in sample form at MCA Chicago’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit during June of 2019. The only Air Jordan 1 featured among rows of dozens of unreleased Off-White x Nikes, this style uses color blocking that’s nearly identical to the aforementioned “UNC” pair, but alternates the colors on the ankle collar, opting for a white base with a yellow Wings logo. This is one of those shoes where the color doesn’t necessarily matter—Abloh could follow these with every color of the rainbow and each one would be just as sought after as the one before.

Serena Williams x Off-White x NikeCourt Flare 2

First previewed: Serena Williams x Off-White x Nike “Queen” collection, August 2018

While both the Futura x Off-White x Nike Dunk Lows and “Canary Yellow” Off-White x Air Jordan 1 first appeared in the summer of 2019, there are two pairs featured in the “ACTUALLY PENDING” lineup that have been in the works for even longer. The Serena Williams x Off-White x NikeCourt Flare 2 PEs were unveiled in August 2018 as part of the “Queen” collection Abloh designed for the 23-time Grand Slam winner. Two silver-tinged versions of the NikeCourt Flare 2 tennis sneakers were included alongside an Air Max 97 and a Blazer, both of which used multicolor gradient insoles and released later that month. At the time, both of the NikeCourt Flare 2s were said to be promo-only items, but now it looks like they will actually be made available to the public in some form. 

Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low

First previewed: N/A

While the majority of shoes listed as “ACTUALLY PENDING” have already been seen in hand, there are two outliers which have only been depicted in leaked mock-ups. Both are gold-colored Nike Air Force 1s, and both are said to be connected to Abloh’s upcoming “Figures of Speech” exhibit at ICA Boston, which will run from July to September. One keeps with the tonal blocking seen on MCA Chicago’s “University Blue” exclusives, while the other covered the upper in “University Gold” but breaks things up with a black midsole. It’s possible that the black midsole version will feature the dual-lacing system used on Abloh’s Off-White x Nike Dunks, an addition that was seen on a still-unreleased variation of the blue colorway. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Abloh has plans to release both takes on the “University Gold” Off-White x Nike Air Force 1s.

source: complex.com BY VICTOR DENGRILEY JONES

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