Nike sneaker concepts inspired by iconic airplanes


Ukrainian designer and illustrator Danya Shulipa shared a new series featuring three Nike sneaker concepts inspired by notable airplanes throughout history. Shulipa, who also recently designed a Nike casket, brings his vision for the Air Force 1 Utility, SF Air Force 1, and Air Max 97 to life.

Shulipa’s Air Force 1 utility is modeled after NASA’s transport spacecraft, Discovery (OV-103), which was one of the orbiters in NASA’s space shuttle program. Discovery is known to have completed 39 successful flights, more than any other spacecraft. With the overall shape of the sneaker mimicking the spaceship somewhat, the Air Force 1 Utility also features a similar black and white color scheme. “Discovery” is marked on the side, like on the wing of the spaceship, while a NASA patch then appears on the strap, in close proximity to a shiny metal Swoosh. The concept is completed with a red half-ring on the heel to reference a parachute.

Then, Shulipa’s SF Air Force 1 is a nod to the all-metal four-engine bomber that is the Boeing B-17G, specifically inspired by the Thunderbird which flew 112 missions during WWII. The designer notes that the “massive shape of Nike SF AF1 makes it the bombers of the sneaker world.” Similar to the airplane, the shoe features a khaki top and a sky blue underneath. It is detailed with various markings on the side, while the aircraft number is on the strap. In addition, the symbol of the US Air Force is depicted on the splendor, while the Thunderbird and the bombs appear towards the toe. The sneaker is also equipped with a red label indicating “REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT”.

The latest entry in the series inspired by Danya Shulipa’s planes is the Air Max 97 inspired by the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The vehicle, which serves as the US Air Force’s long-range supersonic reconnaissance aircraft, has a thin trapezoidal wing. Due to the longitudinal lines of the silhouette, Shulipa uses the Air Max 97 to achieve the design. It added a nose detail from the Air Max 95, a zipper tab from the Air Max 270 Zip, and an outsole from the VaporMax Plus. Finally, the lacing system closely mimics the Air Huarache City Low.

For more on Shulipa’s Nike sneaker concepts, be sure to check out his Behance page and follow him with a follow on Instagram.

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