This Is The Ultimate Fashion Sneaker: Air Jordans, Inspired By Anna Wintour

Every Vogue editor remembers their first AWOK, the little acronym (short for Anna Wintour Okay) scrawled on each print page by our inimitable editor in chief. It is the ultimate sign of approval in this office and the wider fashion world. Now, it is being applied to a delightful new venture: a limited-edition capsule of Air Jordans as edited by Vogue and inspired by the woman in charge.

For the special collaboration, Jordan Brand has reimagined two versions of its iconic sneaker. The Air Jordan 1, available July 21, recasts the retro, high-top shoe in rich red or white leather with a crimson tongue concealed behind a key-ring zip (as worn by Wintour in the video, above). The Air Jordan 3 SE, which drops September 7, nods to her signature Chanel tweed suits and sunglasses—the top is cut from glimmering black or red tweed. Both models have AWOK stamped on the sole.

It’s a match made in fashion heaven. From Nicolas Ghesquière’s sculptural Louis Vuitton Archlights to Demna Gvasalia’s infamous Balenciaga Triple S and Speed trainers, sneakers have featured on every other runway for several seasons and show no signs of stopping. Take it from Wintour: There’s something in juxtaposing an elegant rose-print dress, say, with a slick set of high-tops. The results are magic—a slam dunk in our book.

AJ1 High Zip AWOK, for information:

Fashion Editor: Jorden Bickham.

Hair: Tamara McNaughto; Makeup: Susie Sobol; Manicure: Dawn Sterling.

Vogue will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale of these sneakers.

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