Sneakerheads and jewelry enthusiasts have a new piece that they might just both eye: the Nike x Tiffany Air Force 1 1837.
After cryptic posts and days of hearsay, the brand powerhouses have officially unveiled their first official collaboration that promises a "legendary pair." Coupling the best of both worlds, the low-top sneakers feature a unique colorway for the Nike Air Force 1, detailed by the Tiffany Blue-hued swoosh, black suede material, and .925 sterling silver tabs that make for a luxurious spin.
But before it hits the shelves, we’re here to lay out some expectations. Here’s what you need to know about Nike and Tiffany & Co.’s newest collaboration, the Air Force 1 1837.
1. The Nike x Tiffany Air Force 1 1837 is a nod to the year Tiffany & Co. was founded.
The now-household name in jewelry started its story in 1837, founded by jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany under the artistic direction of his son Louis Comfort Tiffany. For its opening day, its first store in New York City racked up a total of $4.98 in sales!
2. The shoes are being produced in honor of the 40th anniversary of Nike’s Air Force 1.
Debuting in 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 is one of the brand’s most iconic and best-selling sneakers. The silhouette was the first basketball shoe to feature Nike’s Air cushioning technology, and it has since then been spotted by the sport’s most celebrated.
3. The pair brandishes Tiffany & Co.’s signature color.
The all-black suede sneakers’ pop of color is provided by the ever-recognizable Tiffany Blue, a robin egg blue shade synonymous with the jeweler brand. The particular hue was first linked to the store when it published its mail catalog, now known as the Blue Book, which they’re still releasing annually to this day.
4. Before the official Nike x Tiffany & Co. partnership, an unofficial collaboration first made waves in the streetwear scene.
While the Nike x Tiffany Air Force 1 1837 marks the two powerhouses’ official collab, another pair branding their names had its turn in the spotlight–albeit unofficially.
In 2005, the streetwear label Diamond Supply Co. released the “Tiffany” Dunk, Nike SB Dunk Lows featuring the iconic Tiffany Blue shade that now runs for $3,000 a pair (approx. P163,800). According to Gear Patrol, it was totally legal—while the specific shade of blue is patented by Tiffany & Co., anyone can use it as long as it doesn’t have competitive intent.
5. Tiffany & Co. is also releasing co-branded silver accessories with Nike.
Alongside the Air Force 1 pair, Tiffany & Co. also announced a co-branded line of sterling silver accessories, starting from $250 (approx. P13,650) to $475 (approx. P25,930). This includes a shoe horn, shoe brush, silver dubraes (ornamental shoe tags), and a silver whistle.
For those who want more of the signature shade, the brands also unveiled the Tiffany Blue laces designed for the sneakers.
6. LeBron James was spotted wearing the Nike x Tiffany Air Force 1 1837 ahead of its release.
Drumming up buzz for the big release day, NBA Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James sported the pair at a recent appearance in Madison Square Garden. The baller also paired it with a leather varsity jacket in complementary black and Tiffany Blue, bearing the names of the two big brands. The jacket, however, isn’t currently available to the public.
7. The pair is available in select stores and online.
The Nike x Tiffany Air Force 1 1837 comes with a price tag of $400, which is approximately P21,845. Sneakerheads and other interested buyers will have to head their way on March 7 to Tiffany Flagship Next Door and Tiffany’s SoHo store in New York City. Worldwide, the exclusive pair will be released in limited quantities in select Nike stores and its website.
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