Virgil Abloh was unquestionably tapped in with sneaker, streetwear, and hip-hop cultures. Cheeky references to any of these three spaces frequently appeared in Instagram captions, marketing campaigns, and designs. Abloh didn’t have to pay homage to the folks that came before him, but he did, which is how the world ended up with an Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Sheed.’
Unveiled at the “Virgil Abloh: The Codes c/o Architecture” exhibit in Miami during the first weekend of December 2022, the sneaker reinterprets one-time NBA champion Rasheed Wallace’s iconic black patent leather Air Force 1 High Player-Exclusive (P.E.) from the 2000s. Although Abloh’s project features a shorter silhouette and signature Off-White detailing (i.e. zip ties, Helvetica font, extra lacing), the posthumous offering includes ‘sheed’s logo on the lateral heel, as well as his jersey number (30) on the ankle strap.
Recent Off-White x Nike projects have seen subpar fanfare, but the “Sheed” Air Force 1 Mid may garner more attention than “Pine Green” and “Graffiti” styles given its historic and cultural significance.
Enjoy official photos of the pair ahead, as you wait for a Nike SNKRS launch soon.
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