Yuta Hosokawa launched READYMADE in 2013 based on the concept of recycling and remaking vintage pieces. The brand’s high-quality and exclusive track pants, down jackets, and bags have garnered worldwide attention. His designs often rely on fabric from things like discarded tents and uniforms found in military surplus outlets and second-hand stores. This penchant for creating handmade items with vintage materials got Nike’s attention. As a result, the two brands will soon release the new Nike x READYMADE Blazer Mid shoe.
Featuring a thinner, elongated, half-stitched Swoosh, the deconstructed, DIY approach taken by READYMADE transforms Nike’s earliest basketball shoe. Exposed foam surrounds the collar and tongue, and three different sets of laces over the toe box and across the midfoot create an additional layered, hatched effect. The standard-issue Nike insole is made with foam and Nike Grind rubber, with the shoe manufacturer participating in the use of recycled materials along with READYMADE in their collaboration. Done in your choice of Black/Vast Grey-Volt-Total Orange and White/Vast Grey-Volt-Total Orange, highlights of the Nike x READYMADE Blazer Mid include the morphed Swoosh logos, a camo print on the ankles, two-tone laces, and READYMADE branding on the heels. The shoes will be available for purchase starting February 27th.
For news on another Nike collab, check out the Nike x Bodega Dunk Hi SP “Legend”.