Customizing sneakers is certainly not a new thing, Nike’s website has offered the options of allowing people to select materials and colours since 2012. I only took advantage of it just about a month ago.
The Pendleton NIKEiD is one a lot of Nike fans look forward to every year. I was a little too late when it came to some iconic patterns offered by the American textile manufacturing company known for its wool and blankets, but there were still options that allowed me to create a pair of Air Max 1 to my taste.
The creation process is easy. The hardest part was choosing what looks best. My design was heavily inspired by NikeCraft Mars Yard Shoe 2.0 Tom Sachs Space Camp. While it’s not an exact copy, I knew I wanted a red Swoosh combined with an upper of the maple colour spectrum.
I placed the order on October 26th, 2018 and received my pair on November 21st. It would have been earlier had it not been for the Canada Post strike. Very mild inconvenience.
As I unboxed my freshly delivered kicks, I couldn’t help but feel like I was about to unwrap something special. As I laid eyes on them, it was clear the quality of the materials used was top-notch and the stitching looked way tighter & cleaner than any sneakers I’ve purchased. My favourite part of it all was the shape of the toe box was round and reminiscent of older AM1 models.
Are they waterproof?
I tested the Air Max 1 Pendleton on a cold, rainy day and they held up pretty well. While they’re not waterproof rain shoes, they are water resistant enough to wear them out on a wet day while keeping your feet warm.
All-in-all, I am very happy with my first NIKEiD. This will certainly not the last knowing that they’re much better constructed than sneakers released to the mass.