Virgil Abloh made a bold claim upon the official reveal of his debut collaboration with Nike, stating that each of the shoes in the collection could be produced simply ‘by making a trip to your local store, and using tools you have at home’. Heeding the Off-Whitefounder’s DIY advice, the crew at BespokeIND decided to put this claim to the test, resulting in two unique renditions of the Air Max 1 inspired by the collection’s deconstructed aesthetic.
The first of the two make-ups features a largely black leather upper with a matching black Air Max 1 sole unit. For the second pair, the BespokeIND crew stuck to a largely off-white colour scheme, but have injected some flavour of their own with the addition of a jet black Air Huarache outsole.
Created with Abloh’s left-of-centre editing in mind, both pairs place emphasis on deconstructing the manufacturing process by exposing panelling, stitching and texture. Each has been crafted from a combination of premium leathers, suede and textiles.
As a made-to-order atelier, the tools BespokeIND have on hand are a little more advanced than most. The shoes feature a myriad of custom laser-engraved details throughout and have been finished off with leather hangtags.