Why you’ll want Nike’s Day of the Dead themed sneakers

Posted: 3 October 2019 10:41 am

Nike Day of the Dead sneakers

This collection of sleek new kicks will have you ringing in the spooky season in style.

Having already released a first look at both a glow-in-the-dark Black Skeleton Air Force 1 and a Halloween-themed kids shoe, Nike has now unveiled a spooky new take on three of its classic sneaker models. A tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, each design features iconic Día de los Muertos detailing along with a reflective all over print.

Release date: 25 October (US)

Where to buy: Nike online store

First up, the Cortez style arrives in an all-black reverse leather upper, while a stark white Swoosh provides an eye-catching contrast. If you look a little closer at the Swoosh you'll notice subtle Día de los Muertos geometrics blended into the design that light up when the sun goes down. Orange stitching, an orange stripe on the midsole and orange Day of the Dead imagery on the insole round out the style.

Nike Day of the Dead Cortez sneakers

Nike Day of the Dead sneakers

A pair of Air Force 1s meanwhile arrive in a sleek white colourway decorated with contrasting coloured piping in vibrant yellow, green, blue, pink and black hues. The style also glows in the dark, with skull graphics appearing on the white upper and Nike Swoosh once the lights go out. Spooky.

Nike Day of the Dead Air Force 1

Nike Day of the Dead sneakers

A final iteration sees the revamp of a pair of Air Max 95s in a light to dark gradient. Following the same suit as the others, the low-top runners feature Day of the Dead elements which become more apparent after dark.

Nike Day of the Dead Air Max 95 sneakers

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With the styles dropping first in the US on 25 October, we should see them arrive on Australian shores shortly thereafter. You'll be able to shop them first on the Australian Nike online store, though we imagine they may also crop up in usual Nike retailers like JD Sports too.

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican public holiday where family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have died and support their spiritual journey. The iconic sugar skull design has become the face of the three-day celebration, with the brightly coloured skulls now a popular Halloween decoration worldwide.

If you're on the lookout for other Halloween styles, streetwear brand Vans has also just dropped a sneaker and apparel collection based on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

For more Nike news and release dates, check out our Nike hub.

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