Virgil Abloh never strays too far from the spotlight. After designing an extremely well-received capsule collection of apparel and footwear for Serena Williams, the unfailingly creative multi-hyphenate is back in the headlines again just in time for New York Fashion Week as official images of his “Menta” Air Max 97s have surfaced.
First teased back in June during Off-White‘s Paris Fashion Week runway show, Abloh’s newest take on the iconic runner features a speedy two-tone grey upper complete with a tri-colored Swoosh. The Chicago-born designer’s uncanny talent for stripping a shoe down to its bare essentials is on full display, as the aforementioned two-tone upper design features a darker grey on the bottom to represent the mudguard, while a lighter grey materializes up top to replace the shoe’s standard bullet-train inspired overlays. The midfoot Swoosh fades from teal to blue to pink, while Abloh’s signature Helvetica font is present via bold black medial side text and “AIR”/”SHOELACES” hits. The asymmetrical tongue patch from the original 2017 release returns, as does the infamous zip tie that adorns all of the designer’s Nike footwear. The shoe is then completed by a simple grey midsole/Air Max unit, translucent outsole, and an extra pair of teal laces if the wearer desires extra contrast. Enjoy your best look yet at these new 97s below before they drop November 10th and be sure to stay tuned for updates, as Virgil’s likely got plenty of tricks up his sleeve for NYFW.