Nike taps Japanese artist Mayumi Yamase to bring her signature style to the Nike Flyleather Artist Series, reworking two of Nike's most iconic silhouettes; the Nike Air Force 1 and the Nike Blazer Low.
The result is a whimsical yet fun take on the predominantly white sneakers with a mixture of different textures throughout. Both sneakers feature mismatching designs as Yamase's delicate brush strokes come to life on the shoe in different places, shapes and materials (some painted, some embroidered). Each brush stroke comes to life in contrast to the stark white Flyleather as they represent a natural element of her local green space in Yoyogi Park. The green strokes represent the leaves. The pink strokes represent the earth, the grey strokes, the wind and the blue strokes represent water.
Mayumi Yamase was the latest artist to join the line-up of artists Nike tapped for the Flyleather Artist series (other participants include Berlin-based artist Ruohan Wang and LA-based designer Steven Harrington). The Flyleather Artist series is a yearly showcase of Nike Flyleather products, composed of at least 50% recycled leather scraps, the resulting performance material is 40% lighter and up to 5x more abrasion resistant than traditional footwear leather.