The illustrious partnership of Sacai and Nike has been serving up a selection of truly desirable sneaker releases. Their initial collaboration on an Air Max 90 back in 2015 was met with widespread acclaim and set the stage for future successful collaborations. Since then, they have breathed new life into a host of iconic Nike designs, including the revered Blazer and LDWaffle. And now the partnership continues to push boundaries with their latest release, the Sacai x Nike Magmascape collab.
Sacai, a brainchild of Chitose Abe, took root in Japan in 1999. This brand is marked by its hybrid design ethos, masterfully blending contrasting textures to redefine typical silhouettes and explore 3D design possibilities. Mixing sportswear with couture techniques, Sacai has added its unique touch to collaborations with many high-profile partners such as Moncler, Dover Street Market, and, of course, Nike.
Just last August, the Sacai x Nike Cortez hit the streets, boasting an ultra-extended midsole and striking colour blocking. Fast forward to this year’s Paris Fashion Week Men’s Show and the two brands conjured up an unexpected treat. They unveiled a tantalising glimpse of the exciting Sacai x Nike Magmascape collab.
The Sacai x Nike Magmascape is a striking re-envisioning of Nike’s iconic Air Footscape. The mesh-like upper is accented by off-centred workwear-inspired laces, creating a robust and fashionable style. It wouldn’t be a Sacai number without their customary dual-lacing system. One set of laces sports a solid tone that varies colour for each pair, while the other pair of laces showcases a two-tone black and grey motif.
The front of the sneaker is adorned with a soft crushed suede texture, highlighting Nike’s iconic Swoosh emblem. Sitting pretty at the tongue’s top, a co-branded Nike and Sacai logo holds court. Nike’s logo subtly debossed on the collar’s suede, adds to the visual feast. Finishing of the design, a chunky, two-tone Air Footscape sole unit in neutral shades wears its ruggedness with pride. To cap it all off, an outdoor-friendly traction pattern on the rubber outsole sets the groundwork.
Exciting as it may be, we still don’t have precise details about this blazing new sneaker’s pricing or release date. However, rumour has it that the Sacai x Nike Magmascape will light up the Holiday 2023 season, available through reputable outlets such as Sacai, Nike, the SNKRS app, and select in-store and online retailers. Sporting a retail tag of $200 USD and available in men’s sizing, you can strut in a choice of three colourways – a subtle “Light British Tan,” an enticing “Varsity Royal,” and a sleek “Black” offering.
If you’re a fan of Sacai’s fresh design sensibilities and Nike’s advanced sneaker technology, this collaboration is certainly one to watch. Combining premium materials and daring colourways, it’s clear that this sneaker is a dream pick for those who fancy turning heads.