words // Brandon Richard
Twenty-six years after its debut, the Nike Air Python returns with a slight makeover this fall.
A blend between the iconic Air Jordan II and Air Force II, the Air Python was originally released in 1987, when sneakers first started to transform from pure performance to fashion. The swooshless high-top wrapped in snakeskin around the heel, upper quarter and tongue. Though a fashionable choice, the Air Python was a rare sight, only released stateside in limited quantities.
Now back for another run, the Air Python replaces its original skin with a bold, new style that reflects the model's hoop heritage and progressive aesthetic. The upper is crafted of full-grain premium leather, while the tongue, heel and quarter panels are formed from debossed, printed leather that emulates snakeskin.
The Air Python returns in White/Silver this September and White/Brown in October.