|Boneyards - Introduction
Taking name and inspiration from a secret surf spot in San Pedro,
California, known for its biker clubs and its punk rock, surfing and
skateboarding history, Nike, Stüssy and Neighborhood present
the Boneyards footwear collection. The partnership, which has been
over a year and a half in the making centers around two of Nike's
basketball legends, the Nike Blazer and the Nike Terminator.
Nike x Neighborhood x StÜssy - Blazer
Released in 1973, the Nike Blazer took its name from the Portland
Trail Blazers; as Nike's first basketball shoe, it proved worthy of
its name. A welcomed departure from its more clunky counterparts of
the time, the Nike Blazer offered several features designed to improve
performance basketball footwear for the game: fine grain leather,
outsoles that offered greater traction, extra support, less weight.
It wasn't long before the simple white hi-tops with the elongated
swoosh became de rigueur on and off the court.
For the Boneyards project, Stüssy transformed the Nike Blazer
to provide for a rougher outlook to represent the Boneyards attitude,
complementing the collection of apparel
"Being important to be on the harder,
darker side, colorways were based around a black foundation with color
pops" said Paul Mittleman. The shoes - in red, blue, and white
- reference colors similar to the Nike Jordan 1, the basketball icon
that was adopted by the skate community in the 80s, a palette now
known as signature Nike colors.
Takizawa + Paul Mittleman + Fraser Cooke
In Part 2 of our Boneyards feature, we sat down with Shinsuke Takizawa
from Neighborhood, Paul Mittleman from Stüssy and Fraser Cooke
from Nike for an interview to further investigage the Boneyards project,
the inspiration and workflow for the sneakers and various other subjects.
Nike x Neighborhood x StÜssy - Terminator
It was 1985 and the Georgetown Hoyas weren't budging. It was going
to take something special to get the college basketball powerhouse
out of their current Nike shoe, the Legend. The way they saw it, it
was part of their look, their reputation. That was until Nike showed
them the Terminator, a shoe that commanded attention in every way.
They loved it. Naturally, so did all the other Division 1 teams who
were soon clamoring for their own team shoe.
The Boneyards Terminator was styled by Neighborhood featuring premium
leather in three classic Neighborhood color-schemes. black/black -
black/white - black/royal blue.
The Nike x Neighborhood x Stüssy Boneyards Blazer was on June
21st. The Boneyards Terminator is on sale in Asia/Pacific right now
and scheduled to be released in the rest of the world on August 23rd.
In Germany, the Nike x Neighborhood x Stüssy shoes will be available
from our shop FIRMAMENT
& NIKE BONEYARDS TERMINATOR