Over the past few years, Nike has been making steady progress in their online and Web3 initiatives, and the fruits of their labour are finally coming to fruition. The brand has now introduced a novel way to showcase its sneakers by allowing its customers to collect exclusive RTFKT Nike Air Force 1 NFT sneakers. Moreover, Nike has partnered with RTFKT to host “The Forging Event,” an innovative concept that allowed NFT owners to redeem their digital assets for authentic, physical sneakers, a perfect fit for your feet.
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If you are intrigued and eager to learn more about these cutting-edge developments, look no further. Simply read on and discover the exciting new possibilities that Nike is bringing to the world of fashion and technology.
The Forging Event
The event was teased a while back and ran from the 24th of April to the 8th of May. This special event was one where holders of the NFTs or digital collectables that were applicable at the time could go to the event and redeem them. This year’s event was for eligible RTFKT Nike Air Force 1 NFT sneakers.
Redeeming them forges them, which means you can go to the event and redeem your collectable for physical, made-to-order sneakers. So not only do you turn your NFT into sneakers chosen for your size, but you also lose the digital copy so that you can have a physical one.
Luckily, the forging process comes at no additional cost other than the cost of how you get to the event. This year’s event is over, so hopefully, this isn’t a one-time deal, and we can also look forward to the next one.
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RTFKT And Nike’s Air Force 1 NFT Collection
Leading up to the Forging event, Nike revealed their collaboration with digital natives at RTFKT to bring an NFT collection of Air Force 1 sneakers to the digital world. Those were the sneakers that were eligible for forging during the event.
The collaboration brought us a range of Air Force 1 NFTs, some even designed by Takashi Murakami. In addition, the collection included ten interpretations of the classic Air Force 1, all released as NFTs in limited quantities.
While the sneakers used the same base foundation as the real-life version designed by Bruce Kilgore and stayed relatively faithful to the original blueprint, each style had a different colourway, from white with yellow, to black with red, to faux scales, to wildly colourful.
On many of the sneakers, the medial Swoosh has been replaced by the RTFKT logo to give proper tribute to the collaboration that made this digital endeavour a reality.
To set the sneakers apart from others in the real world, the sneakers also have a novel lace dubrae that looks like some kind of scientific instrument, more than what you would find on a pair of Nike Sneakers.
According to .SWOOSH, we also have a collection of Our Force 1 sneakers to look forward to in the future.
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- Nike and RTFKT hosted their Air Force 1 NFT sneakers collectable “Forging Event”.
- This event was held so that sneakerheads with eligible NFT sneakers could redeem the NFT and turn it into a real, made-to-order pair of sneakers.
- There have been rumours about an Our Force 1 collection, so hopefully, there will be more of these “Forging Events” in the future.