The Nike Air Balloon
Following up on our first opinion in Nike SB pro skater Nyjah Huston‘s inaugural signature sneaker, we now supply you with an even closer look.
Absent in the kicks is that the traditional Nike Air bag. Rather, flexibility and simplicity were key design factors. To prevent stiffness and provide the shoe a sense of already being busted in, the Presto-inspired design features a recently tested ultra-thin rubber that’s sandblasted to get a nubuck texture while being more lasting than the average suede/nubuck construction. Furthermore, Nike Flyknit tech makes its way onto the body, concealed underneath the cutouts on the top to add support where needed.
Catering to organic motion that’s critical to a skater’s capacity to perform, especially to someone as dynamic and boundary-pushing since Nyjah, traction isn’t compromised. An outsole with subtle grooves and also brand new TriStar traction has independent mobility in the midsole thanks to fewer adhesive points. The midsole itself also provides a second layer of TriStar construction to provide additional flex. Cutting off the design, “SB” ribbon and a Nike Swoosh logo are incorporated into the base of the outsole, black grip tape Nike Swooshes decorate both lateral and medial sides, Nike SB is embossed on the back heel, and Nyjah’s title is stitched onto pull tabs on each tongue.
If it makes you wonder “why?” And “what is that? ,” then rest assured that is exactly what the Nike SB style team was going for. Tell us if you’ll be copping this silhouette come March.