With the exception of two Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 colorways in January, 2019 has been a quiet year for Nike and Virgil Abloh collaborations. Luckily for fans, things are ramping up just in time for summer with the “Athlete in Progress” collection.

“I started talking with Nike about this women’s running project last summer and at the time, I was very much inspired by the aesthetic and style of track and field athletes. As a result, I invited some of Nike’s elite track and field champions to participate in my SS19 Off-White runway show as the natural forerunner to developing and showcasing the collection," Abloh said to Nike. Initially debuted in Paris last September alongside the Off-White Spring/Summer 2019 womenswear collection, the capsule is finally making its way to stores. For the first drop, Abloh and Nike present a run top, tights and, most excitingly, the Off-White x Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 5. While originally worn by Nike signature Track & Field athletes on the runway, the official lookbook features Caster Semenya, the South African middle-distance runner and two-time 800m Olympic gold medalist.

With trail-ready sneakers from the likes of Salomon and Hoka gaining popularity, Abloh stays on trend by putting his touch on the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5. A running shoe made with rough terrain in mind, the original version features an enticing combination of Zoom Air and React technology to ensure a comfy ride, as perforated mesh covers the upper. While signature Off-White touches like the zip tie, branded laces and orange tab are all present, the most interesting addition to this sneaker is neon-colored spiked outsole. While we don’t expect to see many of these sneakers hit the track, it’s a great detail that adds some flair to an otherwise utilitarian sneaker.

The Off-White x Nike “Athlete in Progress” collection releases globally on June 27. Be sure to check Grailed and Heroine shortly after the drop as pieces make their way to both marketplaces.

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