Nike and Liberty London come together again to create the best collection they have made to date, hitting the shelves today.
Split neatly into two capsule collection, one running and one basketball, this is by far the most comprehensive collaborative effort from this perfectly matched duo. They’ve done some good stuff in the past, with a few gems in their recent collections, but this drop is riddled with excellence.
Starting with the running footwear, Liberty London have been very coy when choosing their print this time, moving away from the predictive floral and reaching for something that they feel is reminiscent of running tracks, and we would agree. The Lotus Jazz print is actually a re-work of a classic Liberty print from 1965 and makes for a striking monochromatic pattern when placed on footwear. The Air Max 1 and the Lunar Montreal take a bold approach and show a lot of the print on their outer, whereas the LunarGlide+ 4 and the woven Free Run+ 2 take a much more subtle and stealthy approach. The only thing stopping all of these running kicks from being a completely black and white affair are the not so subtle uses of Volt, one of Nike’s best colours, in all the right places. It’s great to see Liberty and Nike playing it a lot less safe with the footwear choice this time around and welcoming some modern classics into the fold, as well as some future classics (LunarGlide+ 4).
As for the basketball collection, we see the duo go for a much more ‘lifestyle’ approach, but then we would have been extremely shocked if they’d decided to throw a couple of modern basketball shoes in there as well. Taking a more traditional Liberty colour palette with soft earthy greens and browns, these shoes also feature the Lotus Jazz print, although it is a lot less striking in these colours. Consisting of a Vintage Blazer Mid-Rise, Air Force 1 and Dunk Skinny High-Top, the collection is relatively safe in it’s selection, but it works very well none the less.
All of these shoes became available today from Liberty London and we suggest that you buy them instantly if you want to get them before they sell out, which they always do and very fast. The super fans should be aware that a mysterious Liberty London x Nike Destroyer Jacket is available exclusively in-store with no images online and only 24 available.