Mortal Kombat has been stealing hearts (pun intended) since its debut in the early 90s, captivating fans with its intense gameplay and iconic characters. Who doesn’t have fond memories of spending hours battling friends as their favourite Mortal Kombat characters and practising to make sure they could execute the most devastating moves? With the new chapter of this gory fighter game so close that you can practically hear the screams of a well-executed fatality, it only makes sense that fans would want to show their love for Mortal Kombat in every way possible. And what better way to do that than by adding a pair of Mortal Kombat Air Jordan 1 High Tops to your sneaker collection?
Thomas Bulman of @bull_airs has recently unveiled a custom design that combines the iconic Air Jordan 1 silhouette with the fierce aesthetics of one of Earthrealm’s greatest warriors – Liu Kang. Liu Kang has always been a fan favourite, thanks to his cool aesthetic and fiery attacks and this custom sneaker design by @bullairs pays homage to this iconic character’s signature look from MK3, while also capturing the essence of his fighting style.
These “Liu Kang Mortal Kombat” Air Jordan 1 High Tops feature a vibrant colour scheme inspired by the fierce warriors red and black pants as well as his flowing headband. The sneakers feature a bold red hue on the toe, heel, and collar, accented by black strips reminiscent of the crisscross straps used to tie the bottom of Liu Kang’s pants. There is also a nod to the beloved fighter’s wrist braces, with metal stud detailing on the shoe’s toe box and collar.
Liu Kang’s iconic look is further emphasised through red ribbon strips pulled through the heel tab, resembling the flowing headband he wears during battles. These unique design elements pay homage to Liu Kang’s iconic style, capturing his look with precision and attention to detail.
Flame-like Nike Swooshes on the sides of the sneakers then represent the fiery energy of Liu Kang’s attacks. The swooshes are embroidered with vibrant yellow and red threads, creating a dynamic and eye-catching visual effect. This fiery touch not only enhances the sneaker’s aesthetic appeal but also serves as a constant reminder of Liu Kang’s formidable skills on the battlefield. The attention to detail extends to the tongue, which showcases exotic green leather and stitching resembling a dragon’s scales.
Finally, the design is completed with the iconic dragon logo on the sneaker’s collar and insole, as well as Mortal Kombat written in bold, yellow lettering on the sneaker’s black sole.
These intricate design elements truly capture the essence of Liu Kang’s character and add an extra layer of authenticity to the sneaker. Unfortunately, these “Liu Kang Mortal Kombat” Air Jordan 1 High Tops are part of a collector’s commission designed by @bull_airs, so they will not be available for general retail. However, there is always the hope that this talented artist will create a special MK drop for fans to purchase.
Bulman has been creating some epic pop culture-inspired sneakers and apparel, and seeing a dedicated Mortal Kombat collection from him would be exciting. With the latest iteration of the MK game coming up soon and @bull_airs passion for all things 80s and 90s, we can all keep our fingers crossed and hope that Bulman will channel his creativity into designing a special Mortal Kombat sneaker for us all to purchase. Until then, be sure to check out @bull_air’s existing collection of pop culture-inspired sneakers and apparel, which undoubtedly showcases the company’s passion for nostalgic themes.
Whether it’s a pair of Ghostbusters-themed sneakers or a jacket featuring an iconic Nintendo character, @bull_air’s collection will surely bring back memories for any fan of 80s and 90s pop culture. Stay tuned for any news on a potential Mortal Kombat sneaker and remember to follow us for more sneaker customs and concepts.