Every couple of years, sneaker brands shed more light on certain models more than others. This concept isn’t new. In 2022, we’ve been seeing that with the Air Jordan 2 and Jordan Brand collabing with Union Los Angeles and A Ma Maniére on special pairs. On Nike’s end, it’s currently giving special treatment to the Air Force 1 in honor of its 40th anniversary and the Air Trainer 1 and Air Max 1 for their 35th anniversary. As part of the Swoosh’s celebration of the Air Max 1, we have seen it get unlocked on Nike By You and notable in-line colorways releasing like the “Blueprint” and “Wabi-Sabi” Air Max Day pairs. There have also been projects with Travis Scott, Concepts, and Korean retailer Kasina. Telling a story about relationships, the Kasina x Air Max 1s are inspired by Mandarin ducks, which can be seen through both colorways, usage of pony hair materials, and custom hang tag. The two pairs are suitable for the summer days ahead, boiling it down to a personal preference whether you’d like brighter colors or toned-down colors on feet during the day. Coming in premium leather and suede on the upper, wooden lace dubraes, and custom outsoles, the “Won-Ang” Air Max 1s remind us of what makes sneakers fun in the first place.
Kasina x Nike Air Max 1