The popular lifestyle website ‘HYPEBEAST’ posted an article around the end of 2015, that discussed their expectations for Nike’s Sock Dart silhouette throughout the follow year of 2016. The Article was written just over a year after Nike collaborated with FRAGMENT on the Sock Dart framework. It was this collaboration that thrust the Sock Dart back into the streetwear game, and two years down the line, Nike are still continuing to innovate the slip-on runner, which was originally released in 2004, and instantly obtained a place in sneaker culture due to the Nike Sock Dart braking the mould of stereotypical footwear templates.
The author of the Hypebeast piece, Gavin Yeung, stated, “Nike’s Sock Dart was undeniably one of this year’s headlining silhouettes”, when referencing the sneakers success through 2015. Then going on to discuss what makes the sneaker so unique, and concludes with a confirmation that Nike we’re planning to innovate and explained on the Sock Dart through 2016, and here at Soleheaven HQ, we have seen the amazing results first hand.
To follow up their huge success of the ‘Independence’ pack and the Oreo/Hasta variations, Nike have given the Sock Dart two vibrant and daring updates: ‘Total Crimson’ and ‘Racer Blue’. Similarly to the Hasta/Oreo ‘SE’ Sock Darts (Special Editions), the racer blue and total crimson executions feature a complimentary tonal strap, which has been a hugely unique selling point for the sneakers.
As one of the first Nike sneakers to feature a knitted upper, the knew texture and aesthetic gave the Sock Dart a futuristic look and a sock like feel, offering comfort like no other.
This 2016 collection builds on previous years Nike Lab releases, and just a heads up, these won’t be around for long so get them while you can. Even with such a minimalistic build, the Sock Dart does not sacrifice any stability, while the high quailty mesh offers the highest levels of flexibility to the wearer, during performance or stunting on the streets. The moulded adjustment strap ensures each pair of sock darts can adapt to the wearers feet, for a more personal feel.
Finally, the Sock Dart is built above Nike’s comfort enhancing 'Phylon foam' midsole, for that cushioned yet lightweight feel Nike are famous for.
The modern and minimalistic Sock Dart’s arrived in limited numbers, so get them while they’re hot.