The adidas and Air Jordan releases arriving later this year will include this collaboratively designed Wacko Maria x Nike SB Stefan Janoski. It is the first time that Nike has collaborated with the Japanese streetwear brand. This year, Jordan Brand has released some rather unique iterations of the low-cut, skateboarding sneaker. It all started with a camo-covered iteration and another mid-top variation with fuzzy suede uppers, both of which debuted arrived at retailers in February. A “Golden Beige” and a “Multicolor” iteration hit the shelves last month. More recently, Jordan Brand also released a Premium “Desert Camo” iteration of the SB Stefan Janoski earlier this month.
It was back in 2004 when Atsuhiko Mori and Keiji Ishizuka launched Wacko Maria. Both of them happen to be former J1 League football players and teammates. Before introducing the streetwear label, Atsuhiko and Keiji opened the Rock Steady bar, which is currently the Wacko Maria showroom. Today, Wacko Maria is recognized as a cult brand since it brings together genuine Japanese craftsmanship with inspiration from art, design, film and music. Atsuhiko and Keiji are particularly inspired by American culture, film, music, photography and women. Wacko Maria has its own line of ready-to-wear, contemporary urban apparel featuring classic menswear tailoring as well as other accessories.
As mentioned, this is the first time that Nike and Wacko Maria have teamed up, but it seems that their first collaboration is going to be quite successful. The uppers of the SB Stefan Janoski are made up of suede and as you can see, Wacko Maria has entirely covered it in faded leopard print. However, its inner lining, laces, Nike “Swoosh” logos and tongues are all covered in contrasting Black, while its thick rubber soles are plain White. In addition to the “Nike SB” and “Stefan Janoski” branding, its heels feature Japanese characters and Wacko Maria’s “Guilty Parties” catchphrase can be spotted over the insoles.
Wacko Maria x Nike SB Stefan Janoski Color: Linen/Off Noir-White-Black Style Code: 845711-200