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It’s no wonder that Riccardo Tisci, whose body of work emphasizes the perfect blend of sport and luxury, continues to be one of today’s most sought after visionaries in fashion. His love of basketball and unparalleled eye for style positions him to be an ideal candidate to remix the most iconic basketball shoe ever – the Air Force 1.Tisci’s latest work with Nike consists of two colorways of the Air Force 1 High as he infuses his signature style in the large star embroidery with sporty detailing in the ribboned ankle strap. What exemplifies his love for hoops is the custom logo at the toe-box inspired by the iconic NBA logo. The two AF1s are part of a larger collection inspired by a fictional basketball team called the Minotaurs; Tisci went ahead and created custom logos and emblems for this imaginary squad, who he describes as a reflection of today’s superhuman basketball stars.The RT x NikeLab Air Force 1 High will release in two colorways beginning on October 12th in North America, October 20th in Paris, and October 21st globally at NikeLab retailers.

How can the world’s biggest sports brand endorse a drug cheat?This is the question currently circulating the world of athletics as Nike announces their sponsorship of Justin Gatlin.For those of you not in the know, Mr Gatlin won the Olympic gold medal over the 100m in Athens back in 2004. In 2006 he was banned for 8 years when he tested positive for a banned substance for the second time in his career (the first was back in 2001 when he tested positive for amphetamines – something that he attributed to medication for his ADD).Gatlin’s ban was later reduced to 4 years, and he returned to competition in 2010.Pre Gatlin’s second ban, the sprint races had been a different affair from those we see today. The start line was full of athletes looking like they were about to go to war with physics; grunting, eyes popping, pure aggression seeping out of every pore. Hundreds, sometimes thousandths of a second would separate the winner from the rest of the pack and they would celebrate a victory like they had just knocked out Mike Tyson.

 Usain Bolt changed everything. His pre-race goofy posing was followed by a victory of meters and celebrating like it was 12:01 am on New Year’s Day. The rest of the pack followed suit and soon the start line of a 100m race was more like a session in a wedding reception photo booth than gladiators going to war.But Gatlin has held onto his old school ways, a warrior amongst clowns. His progress since his return has been steady, gradually working his way up the ranks of the fastest men in the world. He won a bronze over the 100m at London 2012 and silver at the following years World Championships. But Bolt’s position at the front of the pack has seemed untouchable.