Nike Talaria Chukka
Originally released in 2006, the Talaria Chukka is a perfect example of what NIke does best; innovation. This shoe has always been a favourite with Art & Sole, so obviously we were very excited to hear about this latest release of two brand-new colourways...
Back in 1997 Nike released the original AIr Talaria; a classic running shoe regarded highly for its comfort, performance and unusual use of vibrant colour. Then, in 2006, Nike designer Tom Luedecke (an artist in his own right) and the Innovation Kitchen (Nike's technological development centre) took this iconic running silhouette and fused it with design, technology and art to create the Talaria Chukka.
We featured the original Talaria Chukka in the Art & Sole book, mainly because the top of the shoe was laser-etched with a design (by Luedecke) which mimicked the anatomical structure of the foot, complete with bones, nerves, blood vessels, tendons, muscles and veins. A similar mapping of the foot's structure could also be seen on the outsole of the shoe, just beneath the cover of clear rubber.
The original (Tier Zero) release was available in two colourways, the first using mainly black and dark brown, with the second adding neon yellow and pink highlights for a more traditional Talaria appearance. This latest incarnation of the shoe again offers two colour options; with a toned-down light brown, black and blue colourway, plus a more traditional Talaria neon option with orange and yellow highlights.
The 2011 Talaria Chukka's are available from tomorrow at select retailers such as Mita