As you might have already heard by now, adidas is releasing a whole Dragon Ball Z collab series this year. Slated for a rollout from August until December 2018, models like the ZX 500 RM, Yung-1 and Kamanda receive designs inspired by DBZ characters.
But for all the die-hard Nike boyz who just can’t get with any of the 7 upcoming Three Stripes sneakers, this Dragon Ball Z x Nike Air Max 1 custom might be more to your taste.
Designer and sneakerhead Matthew Walsh a.k.a. Walsh Design originally postet a concept illustration of the shoe to his Instagram account back in January. Not satisfied with the first images of the adidas collab, he released the design as part of a whole series of DBZ-themed Nike sneakers.
Now the folks from early retail / sample account EASYCOP actually turned the concept into a real sneaker. The result features a ripped orange canvas upper with blue accents to reference Goku’s signature outfit. The tongue features the kanji symbol 悟 which Goku wears on his outfit throught the Frieza Saga. It is pronounced Go, meaning “wisdom” or “enlightenment”.
Finally, the back yellow cloud graphic on the back draws inspiration from Goku’s Flying Nimbus cloud. But even for non-Dragon Ball Z fans, details like the toe box Mini Swoosh and unique material treatment make this custom a real feast for the eyes.
Even though the shoe is just a 1-of-1 custom, it did receive an official style code (908366-700) and colorway (Orange/Blue/White).
However, that still doesn’t mean you’ll be able to purchase a pair for yourself unfortunately. So just get a closer look at the shoe below and maybe soak up some inspirations for your own custom.
Also, check out the GOLF le FLEUR x Converse One Star “Two Tone Pack”.
Dragon Ball Z x Nike Air Max 1 Custom
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