Inspired by utilitarian design and the latest textile innovation, Acronym founder Errolson Hugh instills the Nike AF1 Downtown with futuristic function. A premium leather upper supports an extra-high, soft-shell collar, harkening back to pant-securing military boot styles of the past. The collar incorporates an extended brass zipper, pleated paneling and a quick-release German mil-spec fastener for tactical functionality in striking form. The iconic midsole houses a classic Nike Air heel unit, keeping this futuristic silhouette rooted in AF1 history.

Known for its technical experimentations, Acronym® is nothing if not devoted to the proposition of improved functionality. Since its inception, the brand, led by co-founder Errolson Hugh, has pushed aesthetic boundaries while remaining acutely aware of wearers’ needs. The result: A track record of game-changing garments that completely reinvent the potential of clothing for urban environments.

Acronym®’s collaborations with Nike are no different. Each assesses a discrete problem and finds plausible solution.

Hugh’s NIKELAB AF1 Downtown x Acronym® — which follows 2015’s NikeLab Lunar Force 1 x Acronym® — mixes utilitarian features and innovative textiles. Case in point: The extra-high soft shell collar incorporates a quick-release German mil-spec fastener for tactical functionality. This works in concert with an extended brass zipper and pleated paneling to give the shoe a futuristic form.