The pair get inspired by a TFL typeface.

You needn’t be a sneakerhead to claim familiarity with the original Nikelab x Roundel London collaboration: decked out in a throwback orange and brown print (formerly of London tubeseats city wide), the capsule line made a strong visual impact on release in 2013.

All change for the pair’s AW16 return then, as the duo shake the up the aesthetic with a new look Air Zoom Spiridon, inspired by Edward Johnston’s Johnston100 typeface.

First introduced to London’s transport system in 1916 as a means of creating uniformity, 100 years on the font has undergone subtle changes (millennial needs must etc), and been splattered across the 1997 Nike model.

Produced in two colourways – white and navy (the latter is a UK exclusive) – the sneaker is a bold departure from the collaboration’s first round, boasting instead a contemporary graphic vibe with a simultaneous nod to 90’s street culture.

To celebrate its arrival, NikeLab x Roundel London will host an exclusive pop-up at London’s Charing Cross station in two days on 9th November, with a full release to follow in December. 

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