The team-up has been months in the making — when Nike unveiled preliminary images of an AF1 decorated with USPS branding, the Postal Service said it would “take whatever actions it deems necessary to protect its valuable IP rights.” In addition, customers pointed out that Nike’s decision to release a shoe unauthorized by the USPS — which receives no tax dollars and relies on shipping product sales — was questionable at best. In early May, the two parties reached a deal to drop the sneaker as an official partnership, meaning the USPS will receive a portion of profits.
In line with its previous Experimental silhouettes, Nike applies a waxy coating to the Air Force 1. The upper then appears to be plastered in a second layer, ostensibly a USPS label, complemented by a baby blue outsole and royal blue toggles at the laces. An additional shipping label at the heel completes the eye-catching sneaker.
The USPS x Nike Air Force 1 Experimental “Postal Ghost” will retail for $130 USD and release on May 28 at Nike SNKRS.