In 2018, Naija changed the game with a collection for the ages that set a new standard for how Nike approaches federation design. In 2020, Nigeria picks up right where they left off with their football kits but also with their lifestyle footwear.
With players like back-to-back NBA MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Nike roster, embracing his Nigerian roots is an integral part of his footwear as seen on his Nike Zoom Freak 2. Now, the Nigerian influence is being brought to the table once more to outfit another modern-day Sportswear silhouette in the Air Force 1 React.
The Nike Air Force 1 React is a modern day take on one of Nike’s longstanding and timeless models. Falling against its solid black background, vibrant accents of “Pine Green” and “Green Strike” attract all of the attention as they are evenly distributed among the shoe’s intricate patterns. With exaggerated deconstructed-like stitching on the tongue, the nickname of Naija is present on the tongue tab and the medial sides of the heels. An oversized Swoosh is displayed along both sides of the shoe as well as enlarged detailing on the midsole. The outsole features a mixture of green hues with react traction.
Another model receiving the Naija treatment is another fan favourite in the form of the Nike Presto. With the South Korea and Australia iterations released already, Nike have kept the tradition going by keeping this release in its original form too. The Nike Presto Naija takes a Pine Green approach along the upper with tribal patters pulled straight from the Nigeria football jerseys. The cages also take on a lighter green with ‘Naija’ displayed subtly on the heel. Green Strike hues along the Alpha Project dots on the black midsole whilst white is used on the outsole.
No doubt the standout release out of the pack for most is the Nike Air Max 95. Bearing one of the most recognisable patterns in the world of football, Nigeria’s take on the Air Max 95 is no different. The side profile, whose layers mix together various materials of different texture and shade, cascade downwards with patterns of illusory lines and a multitude of different geometric shapes. Elsewhere, black midsoles are marked with matching green air units and toe caps of similarly dark suede fabric. Tongues opt for the same neutral though in ripstop, contrasting that of the eye stay loops whose saturated green webbing bears even more symbols.
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