The OG Nike Air Raid Is Coming Back In 2020
After the runaway success of Nike’s Fear of God Air Raid collaboration, the Swoosh is finally bringing back the shoe that started it all, the OG Nike Air Raid. For the uninitiated, the Air Raid was a Tinker Hatfield design from 1992 intended for outdoor basketball and was often seen on the feet of film director Spike Lee who starred in and directed some commercials for the classic kicks. With its last retro dating back to 2014 and the FoG iteration building up the hype further, the time couldn’t be better to release these again.
While an official date has yet to arrive, the OG Nike Air Raid is slated to arrive this year in its original beige and black colorway. While regular flat laces appear in black, the Air Raids offer extra security through the large, crisis crossed, velcro straps that run atop them. The classic Air Raid logo appear on the straps’ buckle portion while a regular Nike logo and Swoosh are embroidered onto the tongue in beige. The toebox is done in fine, beige nubuck while the rest of the shoe’s upper appears in pebbled black leather. A white heel cup, plush tongue, and ankle collaring further add to the shoe’s on-court appeal. Finally, on the black outsole, you’ll find some text reading “FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY” as well as some unique tread patterning, both of which harken back to some of the set designs you’d find in Lee’s iconic commercials.
Stay tuned to SoleSavy for further release details surrounding the Nike Air Raid Retro.
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