Nike’s N. 354 Line Realizes Unreleased Archive Prototypes
For the Nike N 354 line, the Swoosh brand revisits the starting points of sneakers that would later release to great acclaim. In contrast to mere updates of existing staple silhouettes, this experimental division aims to create new ideas based on existing concepts. After a Huarache that released back in June, Nike now launches two new models with the Drop-Type LX and AF1-Type.
Within the Department of Nike Archives sits a vast cache of prototypes. Each represents a trial — an initial attempt at solving an athletic problem. Together, DNA’s collected items are used to spark new ideas that explore and push the boundaries of footwear design. Simultaneously standing for the past, present and future, the mark encourages an unapologetic celebration of raw ingenuity.Nike on the idea behind N. 354
Similar to the ever-popular “THE TEN” collection by Virgil Abloh, the N 354 sneakers feature a deconstructed, sketch-inspired look. The Drop-Type LX is based on an Air Mowabb prototype from 2001, while the AF1-Type obviously references the Air Force 1. Done in mostly white leather, both shoes have padded tongues in a contrasting blue tone. A black Velcro strap on the back and semi-translucent inner sidewalls appear on the AF1-Type as further design highlights. Subtle red accents and “N. 354” handwriting-styled text on the sides then complete both sneakers.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Air Mowabb, part of Nike’s ACG line of outdoor products, was designed by none other than Tinker Hatfield. Its unusual name comes from the town of Moab in Utah, where Tinker and other Nike employes used to do hard rock climbing and mountain biking. Here, they developed the idea of forming an off-shot dedicated to all conditions gear – ACG.
Release Details – Nike N 354 Drop-Type LX / AF1-Type
The Nike N 354 Drop-Type LX and AF1-Type both release on July 15, 2019 at select stores like solebox. The Drop-Type LX retails for a fair 80 €, while the AF1-Type goes for 140 €.
In other news, adidas also presents a re-interpretation of archival styles with the EQT Gazelle.
Pics via solebox