It has been another busy week in the sneaker world as many of the top competitors attempt to make one last final surge at month’s end. In the week prior, Jordan had released the Jordan 6 “Defining Moments,” which I wrote a review on, as well as the re-release of the coveted Jordan 5 “Fire Red,” while the creative collaboration of Kanye and Adidas pumped out the Yeezy 350 “Linen,” and two colourways of the Yeezy 700 MNVN “Phosphor,” and “Bone.” However, the most anticipated release has surrounded the master craft between Nike and Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Air Fear of God 1, this time dressed in a stealthy “Triple Black,” colourway.
The groundbreaking collaboration in which pairs sneaker royalty “Nike,” and the founder and creative mind behind “Fear of God,” Jerry Lorenzo debuted in December of 2018. Since the initial debut, the Nike x Fear of God collaboration has successfully put out five different variations of sneakers in several colourways as well as an aesthetically pleasing street-ready apparel collection. The streetwear culture accepted this collection with open arms, and nearly every item has sold out in a matter of minutes. The various sneaker silhouettes have proven true to their adaptability by being frequently featured on the basketball court to the runway to the streets alike. It is to no avail that the Air Fear of God 1 has been the unanimous favourite sneaker of the collection and I would expect the sleek, monochromatic “Triple Black,” colourway to follow suit.
The Air Fear of God 1 “Triple Black,” presents itself in a chique, designer fashion right from the get-go. The packaging of this sneaker is unmatched, and really ensures one that they have purchased a high-end sneaker. The matte-orange shoe box is decorated in embossed nike logos, and each sneaker is wrapped individually in a futuristic metallic silver paper. Included with the shoes is a black mesh tote-style bag which is very multi-purpose, and in my opinion can be used for a subtle flex with various outfits. The “Triple Black,” version of the Air Fear of God 1 is similarly constructed the same as all previous colourways of the sneaker that have been released in the last year but have been given a shadowered makeover. The sneaker itself includes; A black suede toebox, a ballistic black mesh upper, thick black rope style laces which weave throughout the TPU midfoot cage on its way to the opening of the shoe, a zipper on the heel of the shoe, and a thick black sculpted midsole. Jerry Lorenzo did not shy away from including subtle details throughout the sneaker- from embossing “Fear of God,” on the heels, to including a rectangular air unit on on the lateral heel of the shoe which presents a visible full length zoom air unit that runs throughout the entirety of the sneaker. However my personal favourite detail of the shoe is embossed on the black midsole, which reads “AIR FEAR OF GOD SN 832 91 66.” That specific number is very personal to Jerry as it was his Grandfather’s military service number. It is to no surprise that Jerry Lorenzo put his all into these sneakers and it can be shown with every curve, every stitch, and every little detail surrounding the sneaker.
This highly anticipated “Triple Black,” Air Fear of God 1 is in many ways very similar to the previous iterations of the sneaker, however, gives off a very classy vibe in pairing complementary dark shades with various high quality materials. This rare hybrid that births from the prototypical sneakerboot and performance basketball shoe is none in which we’ve ever seen before. The Air Fear of God 1 is a futuristic take on luxury streetwear, and not only is it visually appealing, but the basketball features of this sneaker allow for a surprising element of comfort due to the full length zoom encased within the sole. This sneaker really is the best of both worlds in the fight to find a balance between functionality and visual appeal. The “Triple Black,” version of this sneaker allows for daily wear without the worry of scuffing or creasing the sneaker. The all black materials hide most wear and tear the shoe would normally endure that the previous light (bone/sail) colourways would present fairly easily.
This shoe is a slam dunk for me; as the majority of the previously released colourways have been. The Nike x Fear of God collaboration has yet to disappoint and I do not anticipate a downfall in the near future. If you are able to secure a pair of these, consider yourself lucky as you never know how many Air Fear of God 1 colourways remain in the mind of the great Jerry Lorenzo. These sneakers will be releasing April 25th, 2020 for a retail price of $450 CAN/ $350 US, so make sure to have your credit cards ready and enjoy a piece of one of the most unique and curated Nike collaborations in recent history.
Written by Matthew Blair