Ruohan Wang Redesigns Nike Classics

Ruohan Wang Redesigns Nike Classics

Berlin based illustrator, Ruohan Wang, redesigns three classic silhouettes in her first collaboration with Nike. Read on to get a closer look.

Ruohan Wang, an illustrator, painter, and visual artist based in Berlin, has redesigned three of the most iconic Nike silhouettes as a part of her debut collaboration with the sports giant. The artist graduated from the Berlin University of Art in 2017 and since then has wielded her multi-cultural background into her work.

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Having worked with brands like Off-White, Farfetch and even the New York Times among many more, Wang has truly made a name for herself with her phenomenal art aesthetic and design sensibilities.

In her recent collaboration with Nike, the artist celebrates our planet through her eclectic artwork that can features on the three classic silhouettes she has chosen - the Air Force1, Blazer Mid 77 and the Air Max 90.

Nike Air Force 1:

The Air Force 1 has the most vivid colour scheme out of all the three sneakers. The entire upper of the shoe is filled with illustrations of the planet Earth featuring people, Chinese characters, the Nike swoosh, pink clouds, and lightning in bold neon colours.

Aside from this the shoe sports mismatched tongue tags that feature quirky motifs, Wang's name and signature, and an Air Force 1 label, which mirrors the graphics on the heels.

The bold upper of the shoe is complemented with the help of an all-white midsole which has green accents on the "AIR" branding.

Release date: September 24th

Price: $100 (Rs. 7300 approx.)

Nike Blazer Mid '77:

The illustrations on the shoe as well as the shoeboxes is synonymous with the artist's previous work and in the Blazer Mid '77, the colourful upper is contrasted with the all-white toe boxes, swoosh and the tongue that have been marked with Wang's signature.

The sole units of the Blazer Mids are decorated with surreal motifs on the sides and are further beautified with the help of the purple outsoles. Just like the Air Force 1, the Blazer's tongue tags alternate between a hand drawn figure and the shoe's name with mirroring graphics on the heels.

Release date: September 24th

Price: $110 (Rs. 8000 approx.)

Nike Air Max 90:

Compared to the other sillhouettes that have their entire upper filled with art work, the Air Max 90 features it in patches. The shoe showcases a bright blue toe box and swoosh, purple ankle collars, bright yellow patches for the heel branding and a neon green mold surrounding the Air unit.

These bold colours are then topped off with Wang's signature illustrations of Chinese text, whimsical clouds, human figures and ofcourse, the planet Earth. The entire collection makes use of 'Flyleather' which comprises of at least 50% recycled natural leather fibre.

Release date: September 24th

Price: $130 (Rs. 9500 approx.)

Which of the three is your favourite?

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