New: Nike just unveiled the Nike Book 1
After working with Converse for his Chuck 70 SMU, Devin Booker is now the latest athlete to be part of Nike Basketball signature family with his first shoe, the Nike Book 1.
While I have had my own personal opinions on Booker, I understand why Nike has added the three-time All-Star to their signature roster. His classic and methodical approach to the game serves as a young athlete’s framework to become a better player.
Booker’s personal style also holds the same qualities that define his game – classic, original but still geared to perform. The Nike Book 1 looks like a lot like older Nike models (it gives me that AF-1 vibe), but updated to perform at the game’s highest level. Call it a future classic, just like Devin.
While designing the shoe, Booker provided some pivotal footwear as inspiration – the Air Force 1, the Blazer, and the AJ1. Even his classic ’72 Chevy Blazer K5 came into play, as it may look like a classic, but souped up to go against today’s off-road monsters.
On the performance end, Nike used insights from Booker and young hoopers around the world, as they looked for lateral stability, cushioning and responsiveness in their shoes. Stacked with Cushlon 2.0 foam and a rigid TPU sidewall for stability, with a top-loaded Nike Zoom Air bag in the heel.
To go with that classic look, the upper uses a workwear-inspired canvas/twill mix, with a suede collar and genuine leather across the forefoot for the plush, broken-in feel. The shoe is finished off with a pull tab on the heel, inspired by a book spine (book, get it? lol), with numbers referencing chapters in an ongoing story.
It’s be a while before we get our hands on the Nike Book 1, as its slated to drop Spring 2024 in two signature colorways.