Unless you were in Japan last year, chances are you haven’t gotten your hands on the Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Carnivores.
Well, good news: the limited-edition sneakers are launching in Singapore this Saturday, 1 May.
The new Air Carnivores were first unveiled at the Comme des Garçon’s Spring/Summer 2021 menswear show in Tokyo, which followed the theme of “Metal Outlaw”. The monochrome sneakers draw on the silhouette of the original pair released in 1993, but designer Rei Kawakubo has toughened them up to be “highly technical, supportive and gladitorial” to complement the rest of the collection.
This is especially evident in the use of materials. The mid-top sneakers boast a clean look, constructed out of striking mesh, neoprene and leather. They’re also rich with functional details, notably the Nike-branded strap across the foot, and the sculpted cross-training sole units that gives wearers a boost. You’ll also find the Comme des Garçon Homme Plus logo stamped on the heel.
The Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Carnivore sneakers come in black and white, both sporting reflective 3M elements. They’re retailing for S$500 a pair, with unisex sizes running from US 5 to 12. And you can snag them when they launch this Saturday at Dover Street Market Singapore, as well its online store. The sneakers will also be available at Comme des Garçons Hilton.
The shoes are part of Comme des Garçons multi-year collaboration with Nike, for which the cult Japanese fashion label has reinvented the latter’s storied sneakers to fit its own edgy and avant-garde aesthetic. Previous releases include the Air Max 95, the Nike Shox TL, and the Air Max 180 — all of which are still highly sought on resale platforms like StockX.
In the case of the Air Carnivores, the shoes were first exclusively dropped in Dover Street Market Ginza, shortly after the Tokyo show. True to all Nike x CDG collaborations, they sold out pretty quickly. And it’s safe to say that can expect the same for the launch in Singapore this weekend.
Photo credit: Dover Street Market Singapore