Nike Air "Safari" pack.

by Henrik Buzzi


Lately, we have been seeing some sneakers with an aggressive African savanna print. Everything in Nike has a reason, an inspiration. In this case, it is the 1987 Nike Safari. Designer Tinker Hatfield came up with a pack with different silhouettes that changed the sneaker world. This pack contained the Air Max, Air Revolution, Air Sock, Air Trainer and Air Safari. The inspiration for the latest came from a furniture store in New York, selling a $10K sofa with an exotic African print.

The main material, ostrich skin, was expensive and not very functional, but it was the inspiration Tinker needed to create a sneaker print never seen before. It was aesthetically pleasant and durable. That Nike Air Safari took some elements from the first Air Max, but had a luxurious yet affordable look. It was a running shoe with style.The Air Pack was a major success and gave Nike the opportunity to come back to life. By popular demand, some of those silhouettes have been reedited, but the Air Safari barely makes the list. Its risky materials and colorway influenced on many other designs, such as the Assault, the Mercurial, the Presto or the coveted Air Max 1 x Atmos. Dropping soon at selected retailers such as Sivasdescalzo.