Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
We have a soft spot for blacked out versions of shoes we loved in the late 1980s and early 1990s because they remind us of the cool kids at school (the OG influencers) who rocked them with school uniform as sartorial subterfuge. And yes, elephant print is played out when it’s not on a Jordan III or XI Low, but way, way back when it was on random Nike Pegasus, Airliner Cortez and Windrunners, it was a treat so see on a shoe and circa 1988 when it appeared on an incredibly hard-to-obtain Air Trainer, a true grail was born.
While it’s a very different design, this variation feels like a descendant of that classic. The triple black isn’t for all tastes, but for those who like this kind of thing, we recommend handling a pair, because they don’t feel like they’ve been manufactured from a bin bag. Matt, gloss and elephant skin on one of Tinker Hatfield’s definitive moments makes for something quite good that gives this shoe a certain luxury stealth that suits those sailcloth-assisted details and the intimidating silhouette.
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