The sneaker industry has a storied history of referencing automotive design, finding inspiration in the silhouettes, colors, and materials of some of the most iconic cars ever designed (e.g. Nike DeLorean Dunk and the Air Jordan 32 Rosso Corsa). But fashion designer John Elliott has flipped the script, unveiling a 2019 Lexus UX for New York Fashion Week outfitted with a set of all-white tires inspired by one of the most iconic sneakers ever, the Nike Air Force 1.
Unveiled under the moniker “Sole of the UX”, Elliot’s set of custom tires forgo the function of traditional rubber tread for a fashionable sole design emblazoned with the recognizable Nike Swoosh and Air logos, alongside the circular imprint of the iconic sneaker. Dressed in all-white, the one-of-a-kind Lexus UX crossover’s monochromatic assemblage has been further enhanced with detailing reflective of Elliot’s signature detailing, like double-stitched leather and a stepped metal air valve evocative of the stacked metal lace tip found in his own special edition Air Force 1, resulting in an arctic-cool edition that would be as highly coveted as any limited release kicks (and probably even more of a pain to keep clean).