Since its inception, the Nike Sock Dart has grown from cult favorite to certified classic. Born in 2002 from Tobie Hatfield’s desire to rethink the combination of footwear components, the shoe initially released in Japan in 2004 and quickly became a collector’s item. Essential to the shoe’s aesthetic success was its computerized knit upper — the first step in the innovation now known as Nike Flyknit.
Now, in collaboration with Stone Island, the shoe enters a new stage of reinvention. Given the Sock Dart’s transformative heritage, collaboration with Stone Island provides an appropriate extension of the shoe’s potential. It’s the first time the Sock Dart has been done in mid cut, and made water-resistant — thanks to a silicon print on the upper, created through Stone Island’s firsthand experimentation with Nike’s sandwich mesh fabric in Italy.
Applying a direct approach to the development of new technologies, the Italian brand achieves a combined graphic look and advanced functionality. The engineered print — a first for Nike and a testament to Stone Island’s legacy of textile innovation — gives the shoe’s upper a fading dégradé effect, guarantees both zonal protection and breathability and helps maintain the Sock Dart‘s signature flexibility.
For further weather protection, the strap’s characteristic holes are filled, and the collar is made of soft, supportive Ariaprene™. The forefoot of the shoe’s new outsole also has a multidirectional sipe pattern for water dispersion and improved traction. A smaller, co-branded version of the signature Stone Island badge is on the tongue of the shoe.
The NikeLab Sock Dart Mid x Stone Island is available January 26 at nike.com/nikelab, Stone Island Flagship Stores, stoneisland.com and NikeLab retailers like: SNS, Slam Jam, END Clothing, Overkill and others.