Nike x Clot Air Max 1

2006

When Nike collaborated with MC Yan and Clot in 2006, the East-meets-West theme balanced innovation with cultural tradition. On Nike's end, the spirit of technological evolution played out against an honoring of Chinese medicine. While the shoe — with ostrich skin and snake details providing accent to a runner with transparent vamp — is visually striking, the story is sold most proficiently through the packaging. Drawing inspiration from ancient medical texts, the box opens up in archival fashion with a Chinese seal stamped in contemporary graffiti lettering on the cover.