But it’s not about the food or the venue. It’s about the people behind the operation – two Uptown dudes who spent years roaming around Delancey (aka the Lower East Side) getting into situations and likely ending the night with a slice. The authenticity of Pimental and team member Audie Villot was a pivotal catalyst to their success, which organically led to the grail for all shoe junkies – a collaboration with Nike. Throughout the design process, they made sure to maintain their level of meticulousness and hard-nosed criterion while telling a story that not only honored their home city, but did right by the most iconic sneaker ever.
For AF1 purists such as Scarr and Audie, getting the shape of the shoe down was the first step, often referring back to 2007 as the last “acceptable” form of the AF1. Then came the upper materials – a super-soft tumbled leather topped only by pony hair as the highest-grade material available for use. Even the gum sole is the true golden-yellow tint, which we must say rivals that of the Air Force 1 “Courir” from 2002. Pimental even sourced a pair of Mids from his own collection as a visual guide. The double-stacked Swoosh logo also measures one inch at the base – a detail that only true OGs can pinpoint.
With the base set, Scarr’s Pizza now moved on to the finer details to further polish their design. The shop’s logo is crisply embroidered on the heels of both shoes, with their phone number clandestinely printed at the forefoot. On the tongue is their address of 22 Orchard replacing the traditional Nike Air tongue label. The heel also replaces the brand logo and instead features the flag of New York City, which can easily be regarded as a simple hometown nod. The story goes deeper; during his youth, Scarr spent countless days in the principal’s office where a large orange, blue, and white flag was hung on the walls. It was there that he discovered that his home city had its own flag, but little did he know that it would be hugely influential to his later life.
The messaging around the shoe also speaks to their upbringing. “Word Is Bond,” a common yet powerful piece of NYC lexicon throughout the decades, is proudly embroidered on the upper lip of the heel. “Got Pies” is hidden on the undersides of each tongue. On the insoles is a tribute from Scarr’s to the city, while the other is a nod to the maestro behind this inimitable partnership – the one and only DJ Clark Kent. Nike Sportswear’s Jessica Washick, who worked with Scarr’s on this project, contributed the reflective detailing that adorns various components of the pair.