Joseph Junior Adenuga, better known as UK grime legend Skepta, has not only made a name for himself in the music industry, but also in sneakers. Wielding a portfolio with three recent Nike collaborations and another rumored to be on the way, Skepta’s Air Maxes are among some of the most anticipated by UK and US enthusiasts alike.
In Skepta’s first collaboration with Nike, he worked on an Air Max 97. For this design, Skepta took inspiration from the first shoe that he had purchased on his own, the 1999 Air Tuned Max– another silhouette yet to see a retro with one rumored to be coming soon. Skepta took the original iridescent-esque ‘Celery’ colorway from the Air Tuned Max (yes that was the actual color name) and applied it to the 97’s curved lines across the shoe.
Skepta’s second Air Max collaboration found its way to a hybrid Air Max model, a popular combination of a BW upper sitting upon the air unit of a 97, cleverly named an Air Max 97/BW. Notable features of this collab include mismatched swoosh and air unit colors as well as a honeycomb mesh pattern paying homage to his aforementioned Air Max 97 SK.
Drawing inspiration from Skepta’s esteemed “That’s Not Me” music video, Skepta’s Air Max Deluxe collaboration features an all over VHS static print along with the release date of the single.
Looking at the resale market data above, we can see that Skepta’s collabs have held consistent value since their releases with the 97 and 97/BW in the $300-$400 range and the Air Max Deluxe slightly above retail. Stay tuned to see where Skepta’s rumored Nike Air Max Tailwind collab fits in amongst his first three.