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Skepta’s made a shoe

By | Published on Thursday 24 August 2017

If you’re one of those people who has always thought that, while it’s fun consuming Skepta via your ears, it would be much more fun if you could consume Skepta on your feet, well good news!

Next month Nike will start selling a sneaker designed by the grime star. It’s his second tie-up with the trainer maker, though last time the shoes he designed were one-offs not available for us all to buy. The new Skepta design for the Nike Air Max range will be available for all on 2 Sep. What a time to be alive!

Nike says the Skepta shoe is “inspired by his love of Nike Air and his home-away-from-London, Morocco. A trip to Essaouira, a coastal city frequented by rock stars during the 60s, provided further colours, sounds and stories that would shape the Air Max 97 Sk collaboration”. So now you know. That the new shoe is called Air Max 97 Sk at least.

Writes Skepta himself on Nike’s website: “I am blessed to have been able to travel the world doing what I do. After touring so much, I was looking for some peace. I found Morocco, and it was perfect. Everything I wanted to feel about peace, I found it there. I like the architecture, the pastel colours, the taxis, the way that you could just go into a small little souq, open a door and it brings you into a big, massive, beautiful new world that you never would have expected”.

“How did that experience subsequently manifest itself as a shoe?” you might wonder. It’s all about the colour palette, obviously! “When designing the Air Max 97 Sk, we took the colour palette of Morocco into consideration”, muses Skepta. But Morocco wasn’t the only thing that inspired the new Nike shoe. No, Sketpa was also inspired by Nike shoes.

“The palette of the 1999 Air Tuned Max” was also a consideration, he says, adding: “That was the first shoe I ever saved up money to buy, so I wanted to bring its magic to the 97 – the magic that made me first love Air Max when I saw it as a child”.