It’s hard to believe how long football has officially been around for and this year marks the FA’s 150th anniversary and England’s first ever kit to be produced by Nike and to celebrate this occasion Nike have released two limited edition products, the England destroyer jacket and a pair of Air Max 1 iD’s.
Finding any info on these prior to their release was a myth and getting our hands on them wasn’t easy either, well at least not the Air Max 1, as they sold out pretty quick and both were exclusive to the NSW cube in Nike Town London and Harrods in extremely limited numbers.
As soon as we found out that they dropped we were expecting a predominantly white trainer with some blue and red thrown in but we were wrong as Nike dropped an all black suede and nylon upper on it with some minimalistic detailing such as the red accents on the top eyelets representing the St Georges cross, a gold star on the heel representing England’s 1966 world cup victory and a clean white midsole on a classic gum sole, all of which is encased in a bespoke box.
Now the Destroyer jacket on the other hand is a bit more interesting in our opinion, it features a wool body with waterproof British millerain sleeves, leather crest and embroidered star detailing on the chest and the three lions and FA timeline on the inner lining. Other details include the gold whistle attached to the zipper pull on the chest pocket, a set of gold pin badges and a nice jacket bag to protect it whilst transporting it and in storage.
We’ll admit we’re a little bit late on this one but it’s a great release none the less and although the Air Max 1’s have already sold out, the Destroyer jacket is still available to purchase at the NSW cube in Nike Town.
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Text: Joel Stoddart Photography: Sunil Rao & Richard Watson Model: Richard Watson Location: Westminster, London, UK