Nike deliver their latest chapter ‘The 10th’ with the React Ianga, and Sertu silhouettes. Each pair pays homage to co-founder Bill Bowerman’s time serving in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division during World War II.
As Bowerman and his men’s primary responsibility was to bravely scale snowy alpine peaks for the Allied cause, the shoe enlists just enough combat-ready design details and materials to tell their story succinctly. The base combines tightly-woven rugged black fabric with tumbled black leather, while wheat detailing and trim dispersed around the upper’s oblong mid-foot overlay, collar, and abstract-shaped heel piece nod to standard-issue GI boots. There’s only a single small Swoosh present on each shoe, and it’s placed at the bottom of the throat’s lace overlay, while a “The 10th” badge on the lateral heel collar provides the most direct salute to Bowerman’s service. Down below, an instantly recognisable white React midsole with a plethora of gum rivets and a single pop of bright orange completes the look.
The Sertu continues to take on inspiration from the rugged outdoor expeditions through premium suede and leather overlays, combined with subtle homages to past Nike silhouettes with woven detailing.
Both pairs will release at midnight (12am) this coming Friday the 6th of September. Sizes US7 through to US13 (including some half sizes) will be available in the Langa for $190AUD and Sertu for $220AUD.