Customizing one’s own kicks has been around about as long as sneakers themselves. The first game changer was the Nike Vandal ‘Geoff McFetridge’ with tear away panels, allowing the wearer to customize the pinstriped kicks however they wanted. Then after last year’s Margiela x Converse collaboration, it was time to up the ante. The Nike SB x Air Jordan Lance Mountain did just that in a collaboration that takes an inventive idea and gives it a visual treatment that hardcore skaters will appreciate.
The padded ankles, good leather, and Air technology made the Jordan I prime for use in the early ’80s by skaters. Mountain was one of the first pros to rock with MJ’s first shoe as a skate shoe, so Nike brought him back to design his own.
The pack features an all white and all black pair of Jordan 1s. The more they’re skated in, the more the color underneath shows. Underneath the thin layer of paint are a pair of mismatched Js in red and black, giving props to the most popular colorways of the model.
Sneakerheads in general may eschew the idea of purposefully scuffing up a pair of kicks but I like it. Some shoes just look better with a little wear and tear. The white pair might not age as well as the black, but options are always a good thing. Given that I haven’t touched a damn board in over a decade, I’ll have to scuff my pair up the old fashioned way: by punch dancing in the forest.
The Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Lance Mountain pack will be available June 7th.