On Monday, Latin artist Rosalia teased her followers with a tutorial video of her lacing up a pair of espadrille-inspired Air Force 1 sneakers which featured extended laces.
Rosalia is known for her unique streetwear fashion and nail art designed by Rico Nasty’s nail artist Krocaine. She and Nike are also quite familiar with each other as the singer frequently sports their kicks and landed a campaign with the brand in 2020 for their Air Max 2090 launch.
The video shows Rosalia ultimately lacing up her Nike Air Force 1 sneakers around her ankle. The sneaker worn by the artist resembles the Stussy Air Force 1 Low “Fossil” with stitched canvas-like fabric on the upper. The singer captions the post “AF1 ESPADRILLE”, insisting that the Nike Air Force 1 model channels elements of a Spanish espadrille (hence, the lace-up detailing).
The espadrille has been around for centuries having cultural roots in Catalonia, a region in Spain. Soldiers and laborers wore the shoe in the area of Catalonia. Espadrille was also the signature shoe for Catalonia dancers, which featured ribbons tied around the dancers’ ankles.
While we are unsure that this is a soon-to-be Nike collaboration with the Latin artist, it would be another great twist to the classic Air Force 1. Additionally, women who have worked with Nike before have had very successful sneaker launches matched by immense popularity.
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