Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Expressive takes on the Air Raid, Air Force 1, Air Max 1 and Air Vapormax Plus.
Among Spike Lee‘s many star turns with Nike and Jordan Brand, one of the most notable is his “Live Together/Play Together” commercials from 1992. Over the series of three commercials, Lee schools streetballers from opposing teams on unity, leads a famous “I got skeels!” segment with Tim Hardaway and even touches on the necessary art of trash talking. Each ad was centered around the Hardaway-endorsed Air Raid, so now Nike Sportswear is saluting the commercials by bringing back the OG Air Raid “Urban Jungle Gym” alongside fresh takes on the Air Force 1 Low, the Air Max 1 and the Air Vapormax Plus.
No matter if you choose to call it “Live Together/Play Together” or “Urban Jungle Gym,” the Air Raid in question was known for its vibrant patterns, vivid piece symbols on the upper’s criss-crossing straps and striking colorblocking. All those details return here, and also serve as inspiration for the other three silhouettes in the pack. The low-cut Air Force 1 adds a similar pattern to its heel and a basketball graphic on its lateral forefoot — all atop a black leather base — while the Air Max 1 offers a more airy (pun intended) look by adding a vivid red Swoosh and a printed collar liner to its white, gray and red assemblage. Last but not least, the modern-day Air VaporMax Plus uses a blue-to-red gradient fade inspired by those who hoop from sunup to sundown before finalizing its look with dashes of yellow plus a clear VaporMax cushioning unit.