Jerry Lorenzo saw the Nike Air Raid for the first time as a high school sophomore when a fellow student came into class with it on. The shoe itself was an immediate object of desire. Lorenzo loved the gray and black color scheme, he said, and the nuances of the geometric patterns and the impact of the crossed straps. He noted there was a positive, pro-Black feeling about it. It was the first Nike shoe outside of Jordan he had an emotional connection to.
As the lead element of the second Nike Air Fear of God release, the Nike Air Fear of God Raid, extends the notion of spirit from the court to the larger cultural milieu around the game. It reminds that the aural and the visual are equally important in defining the tenor of time.
Because of that the Nike Air Raid is a perfect conduit for Lorenzo's design construct. Giving it new shape and new life doesn't recreate the past, it gives the present time an object of its own to with which to shepard the tone of this time. The second drop of Nike Air Fear of God follows Lorenzo's desire to honor Nike's historically strong design language through modern shape and proportion. The Nike Air Fear of God Raid releases April 27.