As a cemented figurehead in the Grime scene, and a respected leader of hip-hop and street culture in the UK and abroad, Skepta has partnered up with footwear giant Nike for a very personal and dope delivery of the Air Max 97 Ultra 'Sk'.
The colour inspiration can be traced back to the streets of Morocco, with cities like Marrakesh and Essaouira setting the scene to which Skep would ultimately channel into the shoe. Rose gold and polyurethane-coated copper tones, panelled with black mesh and a welded swoosh logo are included in the new 97's makeup, also reminiscent of Nike Air Tuned Max vibes from the late '90s. Speaking to Nike News on the Tuned Max, Skepta had a nostalgic connection.
"That was the first shoe I ever saved up money to buy, so I wanted to bring its magic to the 97 — the magic that made me first love Air Max when I saw it as a child," he said.
The Nike Air Max 97 Sk is available globally starting September 2 on Nike + SNKRS, nike.com and at selected retailers.