This week it was reported that Highest shut the doors of her famous Lafayette store in NYC. Throughout its 25-year history, hip-hop artists and rappers have borne Supreme x Nike Collaborations long before there was a Jordan or Air Force 1 collaboration.
In fact, enthusiasm for Supreme x Nike initially began with self-service projects that debuted at the end of the Division's first year of production.
The affinity began with two Jordan 3-inspired offerings that have since become some of the most sought-after kicks on the sneaker market.
They have appeared with Wale, ASAP Rocky, and more recently with Travis Scott, both of which have aroused the interest of Silhouette and essentially brought it back into demand.
Apart from working with SB Dunk Low in 2002 and the subsequent SB Dunk High option the following year, it would not be long before the duo expanded its offer to the 2006 SB Blazer, which appeared on Drake during the NBA playoffs The revamp of the basketball shoe also aroused the interests of Kanye and Wale when he released it, while also appearing on up-and-coming artists like Playboi Carti.
This shoe began to interest those who were not necessarily associated with skateboarding, so the possibilities to style it were more numerous. Although the styles are different day and night today than they were in 2006, the wearers of the shoe seem to have a similar styling technique that combines them with slimmer, torn jeans and graphic hoodies.
Supreme began his legacy as a skate shop. Therefore, it makes sense to begin so many of their early and mid-2000s collaborations with Nike SB's division. After attracting the attention of the streetwear community, it became child's play to branch out of skate-inspired offerings into the sportswear market. Along with two trio of Air Force 1 brands that hit the market, Supreme soon became known for its own version of the iconic basketball shoe.
While artists like Wale and Vashtie were essentially putting the shoe before the mainstream, Supreme also created a small line of matching sportswear that included the collaboration and included mesh shorts and jerseys alike.
Other throwback basketball icons that would soon follow were the uptempo collaboration and the first Supreme Jordan project, where the Jordan 5 was introduced in three different colors that are now coveted collectors' classics.
We now have the news that next year two new Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 lows might come. Looking back, you can see how icons have been designed by Supreme and the Swoosh over the years.