A Limited Hand-Dyed Take on a Beloved Release: The Air Force 1 Low Stussy x Lookout & Wonderland Collection
Renowned American streetwear brand, Stüssy, has had a collaborative relationship with Nike long before its more recent mainstream fashion revival. The relationship between the brands dates back to the year 2000 with the release of the Stüssy Huarache, and spans across the subsequent decades with releases like the World Tour Collection in 2006 (see the New York and LA Dunk Highs we have in-stock from that collection), and the 2012 S&S Collection (see one of our favourites from that pack, the Sea Crystal Mogan (pictured below)).
The collaborations between Stüssy and Nike have become a staple, continuing into the current day with many recent releases seeing critical acclaim. However, one recent release which clearly stands out from the rest is their late 2020 iteration of the classic Air Force 1 Low. This release saw the Air Force 1 Low coming in two colourways; Black and Fossil, the latter of which being the more popular of the two. The Fossil colourway features a light beige hemp-like woven upper with heavily embroidered Swooshes, and Stüssy branding across the toebox and tongue tags. Upon release it was clear that these Air Forces were a resounding success with a demand far outweighing the supply, but Stüssy weren't quite content with just a one-and-done rollout for such an in-demand release, regardless of how successful it may have been.
Enter Niki Tsukamoto, an artist and expert in natural dyes who is one half of the duo behind Lookout & Wonderland, described as "a home for radical idea making and collaborative creation". Recognising the potential behind the 'blank canvas' nature of their Fossil Air Force 1, Stüssy tapped Tsukamoto for a limited run of 250 naturally hand-dyed pairs of the shoe to be released exclusively via the Stüssy website on the 29th of January 2021. The pairs were dyed with plants ethically sourced by Lookout & Wonderland in 5 different colours with 50 pairs of each dye colour being produced to represent Stüssy's World Tour cities: New York (red), Los Angeles (yellow), Tokyo (blue), London (green), and Paris (grey).
Due to the feverish demand and inherently limited nature of this special collaborative drop, all 250 pairs were quickly snapped up within minutes, if not seconds, of their online release. Very few of these pairs are in circulation today, with even fewer unused pairs on the market, meaning that finding any of these in a specific colour or size has become close to impossible. However, we have managed to acquire a pair of the grey Paris colourway in a UK 9 which is for sale here for those that missed out on their initial chance to own this bit of sneaker history.