With the amount of retro releases every week from Nike it sometimes feels like the whole thing is approached with a quantity over quality mindset, which can leave many a little high and dry. Once in a while though, a certain colourway will remind us why we loved a certain design in the first place and this release has that quality to it.
There’s been a lot of 180 releases over the past few years and the original design has been subject to Nike’s hybrid experimentations over that period. There’s been some solid releases, with the black/white 180 Terra’s being one of the more memorable releases. They’re an example of blending the old and new, while still retaining the integrity and aesthetic of the original design. As with all Nike Air Max shoes, the 180 remains a sacred design and one that many still revere. If you need a refresh on where the 180 came from, Suffocake’s personal history article is a good place to start.
Back to this release. There’s heavy use of black on this one, with bold accents on the heel and brand detailing. The safari print makes an appearance on the outsole and it works well. The material choices are a blend of ostrich leather, nubuck suede and neoprene, giving the shoe a more premium look and feel. The colour placement and the heavy use of black on these reminds us of the revered 180 ‘Opium’ release from yesteryear. That can never be a bad thing.
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Photos: Jack Stocker