The controversial tennis shoe gets a futuristic update
The Nike Courtposite is probably one of the most notorious tennis shoes in the history of the sneakerverse, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Supreme would be the ones to bring it back for its upcoming Supreme x Nike Courtposite collab. First teased by Carlos Alcaraz on Instagram earlier this summer, it’s finally here after months on ice.
Originally released back in 2002, the Courtposite was controversial in that it wasn’t, well, a particularly good tennis shoe. Based off of the Foamposite basketball trainer, it was made from the same moulded material, which (if you’ve ever had to chance to actually wear it) isn’t all that flexible. However, while it may not have been the greatest on-court silhouette of all-time, judging by the amount of buzz that it’s getting with this collab, it might just be one of the most hyped.
While the Courtposite already looked quite futuristic to begin with, the New York City brand’s version looks like something from Wimbledon 3023. Revealed in three colourways including black, white, and an iridescent green, the classic Foamposite construction has been streamlined for a sleeker look and feel. Rubber overlays wrap around the front and back, and underfoot, the sneaker sits on top of a chunky midsole. A Nike Swoosh makes a cameo around the lateral heel, and Supreme’s world-famous box logo hits the mesh tongue.
Supreme and Nike go way back. In 2002, the James Jebbia-helmed label worked on the first SB Dunk collab ever, and since then, they’ve partnered up on countless pairs. This year alone, the streetwear stalwart has taken on the Air Force 1 Low as well as the ‘Rammellzee’ collection that paid tribute to the late visual artist’s life and legacy. It goes without saying, but both of these releases sold out literally within seconds of dropping.
The Supreme x Nike Courtposite will launch at Supreme, Nike, the Snkrs app, and select stores worldwide on October 19. A retail price has yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be around £130.
This was originally published on British GQ.