For this collab, Stone Island focuses on the Tobie Hatfield-designed Nike Sock Dart, a futuristic running shoe originally released in Japan in 2004. Stone Island has turned the traditionally low-top sneaker into a mid, but that’s only the beginning of its upgrades.
According to Nike, Stone Island spent time experimenting with the Sock Dart’s unique sandwich-mesh fabric in Italy, tinkering with the material to achieve a water-resistant treatment by way of a silicon print that wraps the upper.
Nike says the silicon pattern gives the shoe a “fading dégradé effect,” offering both style and function as it also provides zonal support and breathability without compromising the Sock Dart’s flexibility.
Additional updates to the Stone Island x NikeLab Sock Dart Mid include filled holes in the sneaker’s signature forefoot strap, the use of Ariaprene material on the collar, and a redesigned outsole with a multidirectional sipe pattern for wet weather use.
This collaboration arrives in three colorways — black, navy blue and olive green — on Jan. 26 at NikeLab retailers and Stone Island flagship stores. It will also be available online from nike.com/nikelab and stoneisland.com.