Going on to be one of Tinker Hatfield’s favorite projects yet, the seasonal 2019 N7 collection taps the renowned designer for two diversely different silhouettes: one a fusion skate model that harks to the likeness of the retro Skyforce and the other a utilitarian basketball-centric piece made for the pace of “rez ball.” Dubbed the Zoom Heritage N7, the latter pair is heightened passed the point of a mid with leather constructions at the top line and lifted supports adding bulk that doubles as protection. Its profile molds maintain the look of an armored shell with the sole unit adding in that same level of aggression. Down the entire middle a contrasting section arrives in deep black with woven textures and scattered tribal prints connecting to the various native communities who lovingly enjoy the sport.
The Air Zoom Down Rock N7 is a huge departure, however, tapping musical artist Taboo to collaborate on a kit that is multifunctional in its wearability. Fabrications are meticulously chosen with suede being the main swatch of choice for its durability and timeless style, making up what is effectively much more neutral than the performance pair that coincides. White midsoles are heightened much like Beaverton’s many bulky classic with icy outsole adding in just a touch of lifestyle elements. Mesh lines the padding of the ankle while yellow prints ornament the exteriors of both the swoosh and tongue, connecting to its themes with wholehearted dedication.
Alongside these Hatfield-sponsored designs are two fitting editions of the Cortex and Air Max 270 along with a capsule of apparel. Expect the entire collection to arrive at select retailers as well as Nike.com on June 21st.