The white-on-white Air Force 1 is possibly one of Nike's most classic and iconic sneakers out there. In fact, most of those into street wear as well as sneakerheads everywhere probably have one pair. I mean, why not? They do look really fashionable and are easy to match with any outfit.
Now, imagine if your car was wearing a set of all-white Air Force 1s to match yours as well. Unfortunately, tires are black and Nike happens to only makes shoes, not tires. Well at the New York Fashion Week, Lexus has unveiled a special 2019 UX fitted with AF1 inspired tires wrapped around custom 18-inch wheels.
“The first-ever Lexus UX was engineered and designed for the city. We wanted to push that concept even further by creating the ultimate homage to urban style: tires inspired by classic, street-style sneakers,” said Lisa Materazzo, Lexus vice president of marketing.
Called 'Sole of the UX', it was built in parntership with Lexus and designer John Elliot. For those of you who don't know, Elliot is an up and coming designer who had previously collaborated with Nike for the exclusive John Elliot x Nike Air Force 1 last year, along with other sneakers as well. Now, he has tried his hands on tires.
No changes appear to have been made to the UX aside from the special John Elliot badging on the fenders and the white overfenders and side mirrors. Aside from that, the rest of the UX's original chrome trim has been retained.
As for the tires, those who know the AF1 in and out can quickly see the sneaker's design integrated into them. From the Nike swoosh, the circular heel design of the sole and even the air holes, they are obviously lifted straight from the AF1. There are also small details that further give it its identity including the AF1 badge, the 'air' logo, and the double stitched leather.
“We were excited to merge the streetwear narrative and design cues of our Air Force 1 with a brand like Lexus. We’re thankful they’ve allowed us to use this moment to celebrate the arts and to bring extra energy to our take on a classic,” said John Elliott.
Unlike John Elliot's AF1's though, this special UX and it's AF1-inspired tires are not for sale.