Are they sneakers, art, or jewels? It doesn’t really matter in the end, but what does is that they are beautiful, and you deserve them in your collection. A stunning precious metals collection is complete with the stunning trifecta, gold, silver, and rose gold. Still, they are even better at being complemented by stunning artworks. Enough babble; let’s look at the stunning “Gilded Art Collection.”
Starting with the gold pair of Air Jordan 1 “Gilded Art Collection” sneakers, we see that underfoot, they have a stunning semi-translucent outsole complemented by an opaque and creamy midsole. The choice to make the midsole solid instead of gold is excellent, softening the bottom half of the sneaker to match the laces and the soft and luxurious-looking tongue.
The entire upper of the sneaker is a shiny gold leather that makes up the perforated toe box, the quarter, the Nike Swoosh and the entire back of the sneakers. While the gilded gold look is incredible, it’s perfectly juxtaposed with the colourful and artistic overlays. With stipples of orange, green, yellow and even blue, the art portion of the gold sneaker looks like it could be inspired by artistic masters like Pablo Picasso while being constructed of supple satin.
The next pair of sneakers in the collection features gildings of silver. While gilding items in anything other than gold hasn’t been popular since the early 1800s, it is a stunning choice for these Air Jordan 1 sneakers. The outsole is a clear semi-translucent look this time before transitioning to a stark white midsole, a motif that I repeated on the Air Jordan Wings branding, as well as the laces and the plush tongue of the sneakers.
The artistic touch on this pair is a swirling look that depicts blue skies with a touch of golden yellow fields in an art style reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows, just without the saddening dark skies and black crows. The choice of silver to match the cool tones of the art piece is brilliant, only made better by the slightly shiny quality of the satin that makes up the art section.
Rounding out the “Gilded Art Collection”, we have the stunning rose gold pair. Rose Gold hasn’t been a popular metal throughout history, as it technically brings impurity back into the metal. However, it has become one of the most popular in jewellery and metal, so it could be included in the collection. Starting from the bottom, the pair takes on the same appropriately toned semi-translucent outsole, complemented by a pastel midsole that matches the laces and tongue yet again. The shiny rose gold leather makes up most of the upper in the same way as it did with the gold and silver variation.
The warmth of the rose gold metallic colour is a perfect match for the choice of art represented on the satin of the overlays that make up the tip and mudguard and make their way up the laces. The art in question is unmistakably the stunning and deep red work of Henri Matisse’s The Dessert: Harmony in Red, a brilliant choice to bring out the rich, rosy tone of the sneakers.
A hearty well to Brandon Krige here at Fortress of Solitude once again for pulling out all the stops and making a stunning pack of sneakers with this beautiful Air Jordan 1 “Gilded Art Collection”, and we can’t wait to see what will come next.