Riccardo Tisci knows his way around a sneaker. Not only has the Givenchy creative director outfitted the models on his menswear and womenswear runways in studded, star-spangled, and high-top kicks over the years, but he also has a major sneaker collaboration under his belt: He worked with NikeLab to reimagine the Air Force 1 in low-top, mid, and boot silhouettes back in 2014.
Following the runaway success of that partnership, Tisci and Nike are back at it, with phase two: a fashionable reimagining of the Nike Dunk Lux High with oversize boot silhouette and enlarged swoosh. “I like collaborating with Nike because it takes me to another place, which is different from my reality every day,” the designer tells Vogue.com. “Nike is an American company and very well perceived. The opportunity makes a big statement. I think it’s a dream of any designer’s to be in everybody’s home.”
His reverence for the Dunk in particular goes back to his youth, when he would often play basketball in a version of the shoe. “The first pair of Dunks I had were white and red,” he says. “I’ve been representing the brand for 25 years. I believe in the roots of the company, and always have.”
Tisci’s take on the shoe retails at $300 and features a comfortable Lunarlon sole and leather upper: In other words, it’s just as likely to rack up points on the court as it is on the street style circuit.
Photo: Courtesy of Nike
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