words // Brennan Hiro Williams
Marco Materazzi and Nike will release a special footwear collection this week celebrating the Italian soccer legend's greatest influences: Air Jordan and the city of Milan.
Nike brings Materazzi's story full circle with three colorways of the Tiempo '94 Mid, a modern lifestyle version of the classic Tiempo boot worn by Materazzi and other global stars twenty years ago. The collection's familiar colorways, constructed in premium leather, pay homage to Materazzi's idol and his favorite sneaker, while simultaneously giving a nod to his decade-long run with Inter and their rival, A.C. Milan.
Materazzi's affinity for Jordan Brand is no secret. The now-retired footballer made #23 his jersey number, marriage date, son's birthdate, and even has three Air Jordan 1s tattooed on his right arm. Materazzi's sneaker obsession eventually led to him opening his own sneaker shop in Milan, Space23. Now, the Matrix can add his own special collaboration to the timeline.
via Nike Sportswear