Nike revisits one of its most distinctive silhouettes: the Air Kukini. Its versatile style and ‘90s aesthetics have managed to bridge the gap between the Millenial and Gen-Z generations.
Back in 1999, the Air Kukini was brought to life by industrial designer Sean McDowell – who also was responsible for the design of the famous Air Max Plus – as part of Nike’s innovation program, the Alpha Project. A milestone that marked the breaking down of the barriers between design and performance.
At the time, the Air Kukini was Nike’s most progressive silhouette due to its innovative aesthetic with a TPU cage and unique laceless design. A slip-on sneaker with many possibilities.
The sneaker’s construction was inspired by the ski suit of Olympic alpine skier Picabo Street, referencing Alpha Project’s performance approach. But the real turning point for the silhouette came in the year 2000, with its intimate encounter with fashion through Junya Watanabe – who reinterpreted the silhouette under a COMME des GARÇONS collaboration.
To this day, we are still captivated by the innovative design of the Air Kukini. A true game-changer that is here to stay among the OG and new generations.