This monochromatic take on the Air Presto is the second time Virgil Abloh and Nike collaborated on this iconic silhouette. The July 2018 iteration came a few mere months after it’s two-tone predecessor made it’s debut as part of Abloh and Nike’s ‘The Ten’ Collection. This pair showcases an all-black finish, accented with unique touches including a plastic zip tie, white Swoosh with conspicuous zig-zag stitching, and lines of text on the medial quarter panel that allude to the shoe’s Beaverton origins.
The Off-White x Air Presto was released as part of ‘The Ten’ — a collaborative capsule from Virgil Abloh and Nike exploring ten classic silhouettes through two distinct themes: ‘Revealing,’ featuring hand-cut and reconstructed builds, and ‘Ghosting,’ characterized by translucent uppers. Grouped in the former category, the Air Presto is updated with unique details like a tonal Swoosh on the mesh upper, plastic zip tie, and ‘AIR’ printed on the heel strap.
The white colorway of the Off-White x Air Presto released in August 2018, a week after its all-black counterpart hit shelves. The lifestyle runner combines a deconstructed build – highlighted by rough seams and the exposed inner foam of the tongue – with the heralded T-shirt-like comfort of the original Nike Air Presto from 2000. Virgil Abloh’s signature flourishes are present and accounted for, including a plastic zip tie and printed block-letter text flanked by quotation marks.