NikeLab's Commemorative Design is Refreshingly Less Flashy Than Most

By: Riley von Niessen - Aug 8, 2016
References: nike & hypebeast
Olympic sneakers have been in no short supply lately, with sports brands left and right offering collections that boldly link the styles to themes associated with the games.

However, the majority of these Olympic sneakers are vibrant in color and to the perception of some, a little too loud in execution. This is exactly what NikeLab's 'Kobe 11 Elite Low Brazil' avoids, with a minimalist aesthetic that's commemorative without being obnoxious about it. NikeLab succeeds in this by using an almost entirely white colorway, which is complemented elegantly with a gold outline that surrounds its iconic swoosh logo.

Although the Olympic sneakers are uniform with its colorway, NikeLab's use of contrasting materials adds dimension to it well -- pairing the layered mesh upper with a snakeskin heel and a textured sole.