Nike and Foot Locker have teamed up for this latest series, which forgoes local neighborhoods for more nationally touted basketball heroes, hones in on the pre-game rituals that many athletes practice to better prepare themselves for official play.
De’Aaron Fox of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Brittney Griner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury put music at the heart of their process. As such, their collaborative Air Force 1 designs with close reference to audio mixing. The texture of the lenticular materials that cover the heel tab and swoosh make nods to the medium’s acoustic waveforms, with the latter overlay going a step further with more overt graphics. Reds and yellows then adorn subtler accents, the most notable of which being the stitched detailing that can be seen at the forefoot.