Hender Scheme might not have played an active part in it, but they are certainly responsible for the rising trend of Vachetta Tan leather, which began spreading throughout the sneaker industry back in 2015. After all, the contemporary fashion and streetwear destination for men have also stolen some of Jordan Brand’s and Nike’s iconic models, including the Air Force 1, Air Jordan 4, and the Nike Presto. Of course, their “replica” sneakers have been highly-priced, premium recreations, made up almost entirely of untreated Vachetta Tan leather. This latest Nike release 2016 will mark the arrival an official KD 8 Elite that features the same construction.
Following last year’s limited release of several Hender Scheme Air Jordan 4- and Air Jordan 6-esque sneakers, the Jumpman apparently decided to drop their own Vachetta Tan iteration of the Air Jordan 1. While it is unlikely that Hender Scheme had permission for their remakes, Jordan Brand and Nike did end up realizing they can build their sneakers using some very premium materials like Vachetta Tan leather. As mentioned, Jordan Brand already introduced their own Air Jordan 1 “Vachetta Tan” as a part of their Pinnacle series and now Nike has dropped a similar rendition of the KD 8 Elite.
Among Nike’s post-season releases from the Elite line, this KD 8 Elite colorway is perhaps the boldest one. Apart from featuring an untreated Vachetta Tan leather upper, the all-Off White Zoom Air area of the sneaker also sports a vibrant Total Orange-colored stripe across its length. The sneaker is also equipped with an Off White inner lining and matching laces. Perhaps the feature that stands out the most is that branding on the sneaker has been perforated onto the leather, including the Nike Swooshes on the side panels.
Thus, this latest KD 8 Elite makes quite an exquisite off-court shoe. Since its Nike release 2016 took place on March 5th, sneakerheads can cop a pair right away for $200.
Nike KD 8 Elite “Vachetta Tan”
Vachetta Tan/Vachetta Tan-Sail-Total Orange
Release Date: March 5th, 2016
806393-200 | $200