Nike brings an old pair out of the archives. Better known as the 'The Nike'. The shoe first appeared in 1971 and was launched as a football shoe. Now, this iconic pair is back and the kicks were released on 6 December 2021.
'The Nike' retains its original design, but has received some modifications at the soles. The upper is made of leather and the shape is somewhat similar to the Nike Cortez. A large Swoosh is stitched onto the middle panel. This, together with the laces and heel tab, is completely white.
After the first release of 'The Nike', the brand had to stop the production of the shoe. This was because the kicks were not designed to withstand water and cold. To improve this, the brand made the studs found under the outsoles weatherproof. In addition, the studs provide extra grip for football fields.
The kicks also come with a metal horse shoe in the laces. This refers to the Canada Footwear Factory in Mexico, where the factory attached a small, metal horse hoof to the original football boots for good luck. A red and blue print is printed on the tongue and insoles, also referring to the Canada Footwear Factory.
The shoe was released on 6 December 2021 and according to Nike, only 1,971 pairs of the model were produced. The number of copies produced refers to the year the shoe was released.