Since its inception, the Nike Sock Dart has grown from cult favorite to certified classic. Born in 2002 from Tobie Hatfield’s desire to rethink the combination of footwear components, the shoe initially released in Japan in 2004 and quickly became a collector’s item. Essential to the shoe’s aesthetic success was its computerized knit upper — the first step in the innovation now known as Nike Flyknit. Now, in collaboration with Stone Island, the shoe enters a new stage of reinvention.
In partnership with the Italian sportswear label, renowned for innovating outerwear, the brand reinterprets the iconic design in a mid cut, and boasts a water-resistant build courtesy of a silicon print on the upper that was created through Stone Island’s firsthand experimentation with Nike’s sandwich mesh fabric in Italy.
A combined graphic look was also achieved, as the engineered print — a first for Nike and a testament to Stone Island’s legacy of textile innovation — gives the shoe’s upper a fading dégradé effect. This ensures zonal protection and breathability, while maintaining the sneaker’s signature flexibility.
Finishing details include its distinctive strap comprised of soft, supportive Ariaprene, a new outsole in the forefoot that improves traction and a smaller, co-branded version of the signature Stone Island badge located on the tongue.
The Stone Island x NikeLab Sock Dart will drop in our CPT & JHB store on the 2nd of February 2017 for the retail price of R2999.00