Nike's Leading Football Clubs Are Set To Get Air Max-Inspired Kits Next Season

25 January 2020
Style, Sports, Sneaker, Streetwear, Nike, Football, Air Max, Collaboration

Drawing on the colours and designs of some of The Swoosh's most iconic running models

As much as Nike has become synonymous with the world of modern-day football fashion, the brand's iconic line of Air Max sneakers have only really become part of the sport's signature style in recent years. Looking back, the styles commonly rocked by fans of the sport were predominantly designed by the likes of Adidas, Reebok and PUMA.

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However as part of a new push Nike are doing this year to highlight the heritage of the retro running line, they're apparently set to use the designs of some of their most popular historic Air Max models to inspire the designs for their sponsored football team kits for the 2020-21 season, thus drawing a link between the sneakers and the sport once and for all.

The story that some of Nike's most elite teams were set to get Air Max-inspired kits was first reported by ITK website Footy Headlines, which is known for being an early authority on kit news. According to the site, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will all don third kits inspired by Air Max Models, suggesting that Nike may even adapt the logos of Air Max models like the 95 and 180 to suit the team with which they're linked.

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"The Nike Chelsea 20-21 third kit will be inspired by the Nike Air Max 180 - a pattern inspired by the sneaker's logo is expected to appear all over the shirt. The red-and-blue colorway is a nod to a classic colorway as well," the site reports.

"The Tottenham Hotspur 2020-21 third kit will be mainly yellow, inspired by the Air Max 95."

"The Atletico 20-21 third kit will be 'volt' - we have learned that the design will be inspired by the Nike Air Max 2."

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Another intriguing prospect the rumours raise is just what they're going to do with the kits for both Barcelona, perhaps the most iconic team on Nike's roster, and Liverpool, who signed with the sportswear company this year and will undoubtedly become one of the most elite, highly-paid clubs in their stable when their new deal kicks in in June. However leaked kit designs and rumours suggest that, as the Swoosh signed a commitment to create unique designs for the club, they could be on a path to wearing entirely different gear.

Via GQ Australia