Nike is best known for its epic collaborations with the likes of sporting legends, LeBron James and Serena Williams, musicians like Travis Scott and high-brow designers including Virgil Abloh. A collaboration however that has always been a little left of centre – but in no way less hyped – is American artist Tom Sachs.
The Nike journey began in 2012 when the partnership dropped the NikeCraft Mars Yard 1.0 as well as last year’s NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0. Drawing inspiration from the concept of outer-space, contemporary art and sneakers, the team actively worked with NASA on the collaboration, bringing to life a fully technical and equally attractive pair of kicks.
Now, for 2018 the contemporary artist has once again returned to Nike for his latest take on the “Mars Yard” silhouette. Unveiled on Sachs’ social media accounts, the partnership have revealed the “Mars Yard Overshoe”, built on the concepts of March – the ugliest and wettest time of year for New York, according to the artist. With a silhouette similar to that of snow boots, the sneakers incorporates Dyneema, a material that is most commonly used for rope and boat sails and has been designed to withstand the elements. The mid and outer sole is much the same as a standard pair of sneakers, featuring an inner draw-string tongue, the Dyneema sock and magnetic buckles for stability.
The Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoe is set to be released exclusively on October 11 at the London Dover Street Market. The sale will occur via an online lottery system, while a larger roll out is expected in the coming months.
For more details on the new collaboration, visit the Nike website here.