In the world of fashion this era, there are several communities that we are all part of: high end, streetwear, vintage, tech wear and so on. Having said that, the sneaker community should not be overlooked. The culture behind the immeasurable groups on Facebook is a world where individuals with varying tastes of fashion collectively share their love for sneakers.
Over recent years, sneakers have progressively been accepted as day-to-day work gear in South Korea. It’s comfy and easy to style and for this reason, K-pop celebrities are usually seen rocking the current sneaker trends whether it’s on-stage or off-stage.
The influence of fashion in K-pop or vice versa encourages self-expression. Following the lead of South Korea’s King of fashion G-Dragon sets a good example: having appeared in numerous fashion events, being given the title as Chanel’s Global Ambassador long before Kim Jennie of BLACKPINK had become one in 2018, and not to forget his brand’s recent take on NIKE‘s classic silhouette; The Air Force 1 “Paranoise”.
South Korean’s do love their sneakers notably the ones with exaggerated soles from luxury brand Balenciaga: The Triple S. This particular sneakers have been spotted on stage worn by countless of idols as they captivate their fans with their stunning visuals, choreograph and vocals. Although, for those who have a pair of these themselves understand how heavy they are meaning they’re not exactly convenient to be dancing left and right in and a certain idol very well approves of this as he decides to stick with his pairs of Nikes.
Xu Minghao also known by the name “The8” from K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN of Pledis Entertainment recently uploaded a photo array on the group’s official Instagram account showcasing a beautiful selection of Nike’s timeless silhouettes. With the SB dunks returning on the shelves after having gone into archive in the early 2000s and multiple retro colourways of the Air Jordan 1 High going back into production, let’s take a closer look at which exact pairs Minghao was flexing.
NIKE x SUPREME SB Dunk Low Jewel Swoosh
The Jewel Swoosh Gold as seen here is one of the three SB Dunk colourways released in fall 2019 by Supreme in collaboration with Nike. The pair features a two-toned upper; the toe box and a metallic jewel swoosh both coated in a golden glaze.
NIKE Dunk Low Brazil
Originally released in 2001 and re-emerged in 2020 sticking to the OG colourway, the Dunk Brazil takes the green and yellow colour blocking directly from the Brazilian flag. Minghao rocked these in their latest comeback “Left and Right” choreography version music video.
NIKE SB Dunk High Pro Future Court
The Dunk High Pro‘s were heavily inspired by USA’s all-star “Dream Team” in the basketball tournament at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Alongside the Obsidian White colourway also comes the University Red as can be seen here. Both constructed with patent leather upper and full-grain leather panels, the key feature is the two-tone embroidery on the heel panels similar to the Dream Team jerseys in the said Olympic games.
NIKE Air Jordan 1 Low Fuchsia
Sitting on a low silhouette is the Air Jordan 1 Low in a fuchsia colourway. Formed with a leather upper, textile lining and a familiar colour blocking scheme, all the classic features are maintained and finished off with the OG Jordan branding throughout.
NIKE Air Jordan 1 Low University Gold
Heels and soles draped in colour yellow, white midsole and toe box, accented with the iconic swoosh in black are the Air Jordan 1 Low University Gold. The pair released in April 2019 just a weeks before the Mystic Green colourway was launched.
NIKE Air Jordan 1 Low Cyber Green
The Air Jordan brand of Nike continues to delight sneaker freaks and Jordan fans by giving colour variations of their silhouettes every so often. The Air Jordan 1 Low Cyber Green was a pair that released early this year built yet again with a leather upper and perforated suede heel that features an embroidered “Wings” logo.
NIKE Air Jordan 1 Mid Alternate Swoosh
This ’85 classic sneaker has been resurrected and twisted with a set of peculiar materials and colours to bring the silhouette into the modern era. As can be seen, the alternating red and yellow patent swooshes on both feet and a jade green outsole are the key highlights of the Air Jordan 1 Mid Alternate Swoosh.
NIKE Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Fearless
Finally and most importantly is the exceptional pair that pays tribute to Michael Jordan’s legacy and the moving speech he gave on the day of his 10th-anniversary induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Assembled with a glossy patent leather upper that merges UNC and Bulls colours then highlighted with a metallic Gold wings logo is the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Fearless. “Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion” the moving words quoted by the living legend himself are imprinted on the insoles. The sneakers released in November of 2019.
We would guess that you are now either looking at least copping one of these pairs or wanting to find out more on who exactly this fashion icon is that you’re unfamiliar with.
After having seen all these pairs, how do you feel about the constantly growing sneaker community? What are your views on extortionate pricing on some of the pairs that are currently on the resell market right now? Have you been able to cop your grails recently or is this another year full of L’s for you? Let us know in the comments!
Not to forget, check out Xu Minghao’s doppelgänger we found online! Harvey Lanz dubbed himself as the Philippines’ official cosplayer of the K-pop idol.
Take note that he’s just as good when it comes to dancing!