Indigo’s heritage, and particularly its resonance in Japanese culture (where indigo dyeing is known as “Aizome”), inspired NikeLab to team up with the Japanese brand Loopwheeler on this special release. The goal was to make hand-dyed footwear in an authentically deep, rich indigo hue, and this was achieved using loop wheel knitting machines.
Since 1960, Loopwheeler has used these machines, which currently only exists in Japan to produce soft, high-quality cotton sweatshirts. The designers colour-blocked the shoes with two layers of fabric – one that’s completely dark, indigo-dyed cotton, and the other that’s indigo-dyed, heathered white cotton. Both the Air Force 1 and Sock Dart have a debossed Loopwheeler logo on the tongue loops an come with a cotton drawstring bag printed with Loopwheeler and Nike logos.
The Loopwheeler x NikeLab Air Force 1 and Sock Dart is available at NikeLab MA5 in Tokyo, and at the Loopwheeler stores in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka.