Following on from their legendary collaboration in 2013 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of London’s Underground transit system, Nike and Roundel release the second iteration of their ongoing partnership, choosing to work on the infamous and somewhat overlooked Air Zoom Spiridon. The inaugural release chose to highlight the infamous seat upholstery created by Misha Black for the District Line in 1978; this release however pays homage to Transport For London’s (TFL’s) iconic font designed by Edward Johnston in 1916. The timeless font, entitled Johnston, brought unity and sophistication to the transport network and stands the test of time, 100 years on.
The Zoom Spiridon and Johnston are a great match, with both designs proving to be years ahead of their time. The Spiridon was launched in 1997 as one of the first models to incorporate the Air Zoom System, propelling Nike Running to prominence. It turned out to be just as popular on the street as it was on the track.
In it’s centenary year, the font has been subtly updated for the ‘digital age’ to create Johnston100, which has it’s numbers and letters printed across the upper of the shoes paying homage to the all-over fashion prints of the 90s UK Garage scene. The Zoom Spiridon itself also receives some modern updates in the form of reflective 3M taping on the lace system to match the rest of the shoe. A transparent monofilament mesh covers the print on the shoe’s vamp. Further embellishments include an iridescent synthetic leather Swoosh and a fully reflective mudguard, which serve to extend the silhouette’s signature 3M taping and further amplify its reflectivity.
Available in two colour ways – white and navy; the navy is a UK exclusive whereas the white will be available globally. The TFL logo, known as ‘the Roundel’ is subtly embroidered at the top of the tongue of each limited edition pair, blending in nicely with the print. The navy colourway is released on November 9 at 10am at a one-off pop-up at Charing Cross Station, with the general release on November 19.