In 2016, when Jones was still artistic director at Louis Vuitton, he worked with Nike on the Kim Jones x Nike Air Zoom LWP and a packable Windrunner jacket. Currently Dior Homme’s artistic director, Jones has moved on to a new creation for Nike: a bold version of the Air Max 360 running shoe with a high-top design.
When his previous collaboration was introduced, Jones stated in an interview on the official Nike News website that for a future project he would like to work on a Footscape-style sneaker or mix and match a few of his favorite silhouettes to create something new.
As it turns out, that’s exactly what he did for the new Air Max 360 Hi. An Air Max running shoe with the 360-degree Air unit at its core, the eye-catching design adds a high cut while also borrowing elements from his other favorite models. The asymmetrical lacing is a reference to the Air Footscape runner, while the ankle strap is inspired by the Vandal. The large, fat-bellied swooshes are most likely a reference to the classic Blazer.
Although it borrows elements from vintage sneakers, the construction stays thoroughly modern with a durable canvas base, synthetic overlays, reflective detailing and premium leather at the tongue and collar. The collaboration debuts in simple black and white colorways.
No US release date for the Kim Jones x Nike Air Max 360 Hi has been announced yet, but both colors will be available from June 1 for 200 euros at select European retailers.