Nike and CdG have reunited to once again release a classic running silhouette, with some minor material and aesthetic modifications to fall in line with Rei Kawakubo’s cultivated design sensibilities. This year, we see the Air Carnivore given the makeover; originally released in 1993 and slated to be one of the most technical shoes ever created at the time, the high-cut sneaker took inspiration from the dinosaur craze happening at the time caused by the release of Jurassic Park.
Nike fanatics worldwide have been waiting for this model to make a return. Since its original release in the 90s, the Carnivore has only been re-released once back in 2010. Being such an impactful sneaker, with such rich history and design, it’s about time that we saw this retro.
We were first teased the sneaker in CdG’s “METAL OUTLAW” SS21 runway show, and with such polarizing design language as well as a general lack of obtuse branding, the sneaker community has been anticipating this release for a while now. As with CdG’s prior Nike collaborations, which include other home runs like the Air Mowabb, Air Max 95 and Air Force 1, the Air Carnivore arrives in two color options – black or white – and receives minimal branding from the Japanese fashion label on the heel.
The general rule of thumb with Nike and COMMES des GARCONS linkups is as follows: the sneakers release with a whopping price tag (approximately £250 in this case), get slept on, and eventually find their way into sales a few months later. Once they hit those sales, they’ll disappear in a heartbeat and we’ll all wish we picked them up while we still could.