This year, the Swoosh label is setting up an array of new colorways and designs almost every week to continue its celebrations past the 40th birthday of one of its timeless Nike Air Force 1 in 2022. Numerous colorations, involving partnership upgrades, general releases, and PEs, were made by the label. The 40th anniversary of the sneaker model was greatly enhanced by the joint endeavors in particular.
The media franchise Gundam is actually based on military science fiction. The Gundam franchise, developed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, is known for its gigantic mecha. On April 7, 1979, the franchise debuted with Mobile Suit Gundam, a TV show that popularized the “real robot” mecha anime category by showcasing enormous robots known as mobile suits (which incorporates the original version of the titular mecha) in a militaristic environment.
Before the Swoosh began working with the series, the Air Max 98 created its own unofficial ode to Gundam by taking inspiration from one of the series’ most recognizable mobile suits. More than five years later, it appears that the Air Force 1 Shadow was also inspired by this idea.
The Nike Air Force 1 Shadow is the ideal mode to get around for commemorating the franchise, boasting an exterior design like that of a mech. Similar to the aforementioned Air Max, this pair only nods in terms of color.
The colorway features a white foundation that is similar to the chassis of numerous mobile devices as well as pops of red, blue, and gold on the Swoosh, trimmings, and branding. This combination appears on almost every series’ emblem as well as on the Gundams themselves, making it nearly synonymous with the property.