Stüssy knows how to bring its iconic surf and skater style to any sneaker collab. A couple months ago, we reported on the Stüssy X Converse Chuck Taylors and One Star. The classic silhouettes were given a touch of streetwise detailing. This month, the brand has joined forces with Nike to release its own take on the Air Max 2013.
The Nike Air Max 2013 has never been the most popular of the Air Max iterations. But this new take on the shoe brings it into 2022. There are three colorways: Fossil, Black, and Pink. Today, we’ll focus on the Fossil version which features natural ecru coloring with black details and will be released on Friday.
This Stüssy version breaks the mold of the Air Max line by concealing the air pocket, which usually runs the length of the shoe in the Air Max 2013, with a tonal outsole cover. For an Air Max kick, this one’s surprising in its lack of exposed plastic bubble. The result is quite a refined and clean look.
The rest of the shoe is covered with an open mesh fabric, layered with hemp canvas overlays. The gaps between the two layers are quite loose, giving it an almost crafted aesthetic. Even the laces are rope-like, adding to this crafted finish. An inverted Swoosh brands the heels, while Stüssy wordmarks embellish the threaded eyelets and tongue tabs. The whole thing is laidback and easygoing, while also fresh and clean.
While we don’t yet have details on the material breakdown, the description does mention hemp canvas, which the brands used on this year’s previous collaboration: the Nike x Stüssy Air Force 1 Mid Fossil. Hemp is a fairly planet-friendly material in that it requires not too much water to grow, replenishes soil nutrients and is biodegradable.
The release is accompanied with an apparel collection that includes a hemp pullover jacket, an 8-ball T-shirt, a multicolored mock neck long sleeve, a black bucket hat, loose-fit sweatpants, crewnecks, and windbreaker jackets.
To note, the Black and Pink versions of the AM13 dropped last week via Stüssy.com, and were made with a mesh material, rather than the Fossil’s hemp canvas.