Nike SB has collaborated with influential streetwear brand WACKO MARIA on two Quickstrikes; a wild leopard print Janoski, and a smart snakeskin print Blazer Low.
Wacko Maria was formed in 2005 by former J-League soccer players Keiji Ishizuka and Atsuhiko Mori, and feature designs inspired from music, art and Japanese culture.
The Nike SB Janoski X WACKO MARIA 'Leopard' is a lavish take on the popular 'boat-shoe style' Janoski silhouette. The shoe features uppers in a bold leopard print, with a black leather trim adds an smart subtle detail. The tongue, laces and Swooshes are also in black.
The Quickstrike features plenty of co-branded details. Details such as Japanese lettered graphics are embroidered on each heel; and Zoom Air-equipped insoles that feature WACKO MARIA’s “Guilty Parties” branding. On the shoe's white midsoles there is an embossed WACKO MARIA logo graphic.
The second Quickstrike is the Nike SB Blazer Low x WACKO MARIA 'Snakeskin'. With this Quickstrike WACKO MARIA designer Atsuhiko Mori adds his unique aesthetic to the poplar Blazer Low silhouette. The silhouette is a baseball inspired shape, popular with skaters for it's high-performance traction and support.
The shoe features a clean black suede base with snakeskin print Swooshes. It also features contrasting embroidery at the rear that expresses Heaven/Tokyo (天国/東京) in Japanese Kanj. The shoe has Zoom Air-assisted co-branded insoles and bold gum rubber sole units.
Nike SB Janoski X WACKO MARIA 'Leopard' $180 (NZD)
Nike SB Blazer Low x WACKO MARIA 'Snakeskin' $160 (NZD)