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A Look Back At Travis Scott’s Nike/Jordan Collaborations

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Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Travis Scott remains a veritably influential icon, April alone holding no shortage of headlines for the young and talented All-Star. From his psychedelic-infused “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite — a peerless event that amassed a viewership of 45.8 million users — to the debut of the artist’s infinitely trending single “THE SCOTTS,” this month has done little to slow down the man himself.

And now as the culture celebrates La Flame’s 28 years of age, we thought it fit to look back at where his Nike/Jordan collaborations first started and how quickly it became as big as it inevitably did.

Objectively iconic for popularizing removable logos, Scott’s first partnership with Nike, the Air Force 1 from the collaboration-packed AF100 collection, was huge fan service for avid devotees back in late 2017. Though his discography was still young, musical set pieces like “Days Before Rodeo” put him well up the list of noteworthy names. The pair itself, which would spawn a follow-up not too long thereafter, boasted a clean white canvas upper marked with Sail seams as well as lace dubraes and accessories fitting of the Cactus Jack theme. Swooshes arrived in a total of three variations: a default metallic silver, a diamond-patterned iridescent set, and then one of on brand flame graphics.

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Then came the artist’s outset with Jordan brand, a relationship that would eventually eclipse that of the OGs in terms of of popularity. The modern crowd back in 2018 wasn’t instantly receptive to the model, however, as resale prices sat at a low $300 USD for many months — a likely response to the public’s opinion of Jumpman silhouettes aside from the Air Jordan 1. Hued in a bright University Blue, the offering itself is still one of the brightest colorways in the duo’s collaborative history. Darker purple samples and a earth tone tinged “Mocha” was then teased to the public via the rare few who had access, and both are still some of the most impossible sneakers to acquire to this day.

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August of that same year, Nike quickly released the second colorway to Travis Scott’s Air Force 1: a variation that bore little changes aside from the small tweak in color. This time around, it leaned heavily on the “Sail” shade, accenting both its seams, tooling, laces, and lining in the very same make-up. Gum bottoms were left intact much like the glamorous dubrae and the Cactus Jack head on the laces, while the Swoosh — much like the original — could be swapped between the same options of flames, iridescence, or metallic silver. Now a heavy hitter in retrospect, the pair was also a slow seller in terms of resale, prices stuck in the $300 USD range until about the end of 2018.

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A relatively forgotten blip in Travis Scott’s Jumpman parntership, the Air Jordan 33 was one of the few attempts made to garner hype for the new silhouette back in February of 2019. Debuted by the artist himself in a school-themed promotional video, the pair arrived as quickly as it went and it currently sits as one of the cheapest relative to other releases. The coloring, which in hindsight reflects the approach of the following Air Jordan 6, was distinct for his Cactus-like shading. Brown tones accented adjacent at the heel wrap while the black fixtures at the tongue were given both Jumpman and Cactus Jack insignia.

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Everything changed upon Travis Scott’s reverse-Swooshed Air Jordan 1, a pair that many have cited as one the best designs the silhouette has seen in all of history. Ranked alongside the likes of Fragment and Union LA, the silhouette was not only noteworthy for its clean Trail End inspired colorway but also the pure shock of changing up the iconic branding to such a degree. Clean suedes outfitted in brown, the underlying leathers a “Sail” much like past releases, and the side profile’s check — which was oversized alongside — changed orientations for an eccentric energy that could only belong to La Flame himself. Matching that of his core style in every facet, the pair also hid a stash pocket along its ankle and a few debossed details that displayed the signature Cactus Jack head. Seen across the digital space in Fortnite and honored through many a custom, the collaboration is certainly one of his best and it currently sits above the four figure threshold just as it did upon its drop in May of 2019.

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Sometimes preferred over the high-top sibling, the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low effectively made its base silhouette cool once again. The color scheme of the aforementioned was tweaked darker, swapping the “Sail” bases for a coat of black suede, while the signature brown coloring stayed relatively the same across the overlays. Red branding accented the heel wrap and tongue nearby the oft-used alternate pink laces, adding a pop of color to the clean white swooshes — which were fittingly reversed much like the original — and the vintage-esque yellowed tooling. One of the “cheaper” pairs out of the collaborations, the low-top consistently floats around the 700+ mark much like during its August 2019 debut. .

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Drawing direct inspiration from La Flame’s personal style, the Air Jordan 6 approached a full militaristic coloring. Olive drab hues adorned the suede upper from front to back while more heritage-infused Infrared accents laid claim to the heel pull, the silhouette’s signature toggle, and the lace cover’s bold Jumpman branding. And even though the latter boasted the same insignia hits from left to right foot, the heels chose to alternate with “Nike Air” and the “Cactus Jack” cross logo. Alongside, the cargo themes gave way to a small stow compartment along the heel, an attachment that was likely intended for illicit goods. Though once a hot ticket item during October of last year, the pair has since dropped in price.

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More personal a story than its predecessors, Travis Scott’s return to the Nike Air Force 1 produced a window into the icon’s roots. Workwear to hunting themes — which are evident in the corduroy fabrics and RealTree camo — shined a light on his time in Texas, an upbringing that is loosely credited for Scott’s work ethic and unmatched hustle. Interwoven throughout is a patchwork motif as every panel displays a distinct material swatch. The aforementioned patterns cover much of the heel wrap while Duck Canvas is given a “Cactus Jack Records” print elsewhere, and various other streetwear trends somehow make their way in alongside a removable zipped lace shield. Released in full family sizes back in November of 2019, the pair is one of the most chaotic next to the more recent Dunk Low.

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The newest and arguably the most popular, Travis Scott’s Nike SB Dunk Low was perfectly timed with the line-up’s rise in popularity. Arguably the biggest proponent of the silhouette itself, Scott debuted the collaborative offering during his Jack Boys music video and subsequently his Instagram with its specialty packaging — the latter extremely difficult to acquire as they near instantly sold out on the artist’s web store. Skate shops worldwide were then bombarded with calls, every fan hoping for a chance to get their hands on the layered creation: a design that adorned with paisley fresh out of the box and then revealed a tweaked cement once worn down.

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