September 27, 2022
Nike's futuristic, modular ISPA Link sneaker is making its debut this month

If you’re looking for the next minimal and understated sneaker for your collection, you’ve come to the wrong place. As part of Nike’s ISPA initiative — an acronym for improvise, scavenge, protect, and adapt — the brand is gearing up for a double release of its maximized and modular ISPA Link sneaker.

A three-piece puzzle — In lieu of glue and other unsustainable materials and practices, the ISPA Link is held together by tension and designed to be taken apart at the end of its life cycle. Looking at the kicks, you probably wouldn’t believe there are only three components that make up the shoe: a knit upper, tooling, and a cage sole. Its avant-garde aesthetic is only further confirmed with the overly chunky lower half and brutalist detailing.

On the “Black” pair, the ISPA Link is given an inky exterior with exaggerated stitching on the upper, different prints on the knit fabrics, and a high collar. Loops secure the jagged, flexible lacing system, and Swooshes appear near the toe and heel. Down below, an olive green sole features a lattice pattern that’s inspired by cut mangoes.

As for its “Barley” counterpart, the sneaker implements a lighter color scheme with muted mustard, beige, and gray along the upper. The overly stitched components are still front and center, along with the special laces and branding. This pair opts for a contrasting dark red sole unit that also has the lined cut-fruit details. Because each shoe can be taken apart and reconstructed in eight minutes, you can mix and match components of the sneakers to become what Nike VP Darryl Matthews calls a “co-creator.”

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