Somewhere in the ether of China’s black market, someone is creating knockoffs using potential designs scoured from Instagram. The sneaker appeared just weeks after the concept photo started circulating. As we kick off the holidays, this reminds us of the challenges faced by designers and consumers. At the same time, it begs the question: If produced by the original artist, would these shoes fall under fan art? Although there is no word of a repeated collaboration between Virgil Abloh and Nike, perhaps we’ll see a full knockoff sequel of “The Ten” on the interwebs.
Compare the above with the artwork below. Surprisingly, the mockup is accurate but might just look like OFF!® Repellent decided it was time for some mosquito repelling sneakers. For more potential designs, preview this 2018 Off-White™ x Nike Air VaporMax.