Ishod Wair, a professional skateboarder, found inspiration for his first signature shoe from his love for 1990s basketball. This influence also extends to his second model, the Ishod 2, which pays homage to the iconic running legacy of the Swoosh brand.
The SB Ishod 2, showcased in official images, combines elements of skate-shoes with features borrowed from the Air Max archives. It includes herringbone traction, mid-foot lock-down, and breathable mesh to provide the necessary grip, comfort, and ventilation for skaters like Ishod. While these principles are likely to be carried over from the previous model, it is the versatility for off-the-deck lifestyle that piques the interest of skate culture fans.
One notable feature of the SB Ishod 2 is the visible Air Max unit, a detail uncommon in Nike’s skateboarding footwear. The off-colored sole beneath the Air unit appears to be a nod to the Air 180 unit seen in the identically named running shoe as well as the Air Force 180. The midsole, housing the Air unit, has a more substantial build than its predecessor, extending higher into the upper.
Ishod Wair’s personal touch can be seen in the design details. His last name is embroidered on the lace collar in familiar typography, while his first name is placed on the lateral side of the padded tongue. The insole features a graphic inspired by the 1990s Air Max iconography.
According to Olympia Skateshop, the red and navy colorways of the Ishod 2 will be available at skate shops on January 19th, 2024. The release date for SNKRS, Nike’s official sneaker app, has not yet been announced.