Virgil Abloh is parting ways with Nike in style before being ready to release seven new Off-White x Nike sneakers, including a “Canary Yellow” Air Force 1 which LeBron James wore in the build-up to the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.
This was the first glimpse that we had of the Forces which feature a metallic silver Swoosh, exposed stitching, orange tabs, Helvetica branding, and the signature zip-tie. LeBron’s pair was personalised by Abloh with a black Sharpie on the base of the shoe reading “LEBRON” next to the “AIR” branding on the right lateral midsole, “BLACK LIVES MATTER” alongside the “AIR” branding on the right lateral midsole, “BLACK LIVES MATTER” alongside the “AIR” branding on the left lateral midsole, and “VIRGIL WAS HERE” on the left medial midsole. The hangtag on the right sneaker also penned “ABLOH”.
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The only time we had a peak at the “Canary Yellow” Forces was through an 8-bit picture on the designer’s Public Domain website, the platform where he previewed his upcoming Off-White x Nike sneakers.