ACRONYM® is not new to Nike collaborations. The Munich-based design agency has previously collaborated with Nike on three previous occasions. In 2015, ACRONYM® reinterpreted the Lunar Force 1, followed by Presto and AF1 Downtown in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
While the previous Nike collaborations saw ACRONYM® tweak the functional design of the shoes, for the Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2, they opted for a more visual approach. “There is absolutely nothing retro about it. It's so forward,” ACRONYM® co-founder Errolson Hugh says of the shoe. “The physical aspect of it, once the laces are removed and with the elastic tongue… there is not really much that we felt we wanted to do functionally because it’s great.”
The result was a Hugh’s take on the camouflage print. Making use of the ‘A’ from ACRONYM®, the repeated patterned was printed on the Flyknit fabric of the Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2. This allows the pattern to get visually distorted as the shoe stretches based on the movement of the wearer.
The sneakers are available in three colourways—Light Bone/Volt/Light Bone, Black/Black/Volt and Sail/Cargo Khaki/Dark Stucco—and were released all at once on ACRONYM®’s site on 23 March 2018. However, the Light Bone/Volt/Light Bone version is now sold out on the Nike SNKRS app, nike.com as well as at select Nike retailers in Singapore. The other two colourways will be available via the three aforementioned stockists on 26 April 2018 (Black/Black/Volt) and 15 May 2018 (Sail/Cargo Khaki/Dark Stucco), retailing at SGD299.