Yesterday, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci took to Instagram to unveil the collaborative Air Force 1 he created with Nike. With Joan Smalls draped across his shoulders, the photo of the Vogue's editorial wasn't that crisp, but it was clear enough to make out that the Air Force 1 Hi Boots would be retailing for $225 at select Nike stores.
Now, Vogue just published an editorial in the February issue with the Riccardo Tisci x Nike sneaker, and it's out there for the world to see. This boot-like style that's pictured is a new silhouette for Nike, and definitely new territory for the classic AF1. Tisci himself owns 125 pairs of Uptowns, he told Vogue.
According to the article in Vogue, Tisci "was given carte blanche to reimagine the silhouette, and the four-piece collection" will roll out in two installments beginning very soon. Except for the almost gladiator-like boot model that Joan Smalls wore, Vogue describes the collection as staying "true to the cool urban roots of the original," which also includes a wallet-friendly price point.
"'I want to make fashion that is attainable,'" he told Vogue. "'Whether you're an artist, a musician, or a designer: When you touch the street, its a special connection." That is huge (and relieving) news, not to mention a resonating sentiment for fans of the AF1 who will soon have access to a high-fashion version of the classic.
Pick up Vogue's February issue, which is on stands now, to read the whole article and get a glimpse up close.