There’s no denying the 2016 Rio Olympics were chock-full of memories high and low (we’re looking at you, Lochte), but thanks to sportswear bellwether, Nike, our attention has quickly shifted to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Shortly after the close of this year’s games, the brand debuted a very special run of Hand-Dyed Indigo Flyknit Racer sneakers in the spirit of ushering in the next edition while commemorating Japanese craftsmanship.
A fitting marriage of old and new, the limited-edition shoe features Nike’s proprietary Flyknit fabric which, according to the accompanying card, was hand-dyed in Tokyo, Japan with “genuine” indigo, meaning it will fade with wear and crock on lighter-colored garments and surfaces. The tongue tag is sensibly finished with “Naiki”, the company’s name in Japan’s writing script, Katakana; and the sneakers came equipped with an equally unique hand-dyed tote.
Only 100 pairs were made and although they are promo-only and will not be available to the public, you can rest assured knowing that yours truly will be donning – and fading – a pair from now until 2020. Stay tuned for the next update on FotD or Fade Friday.