Nike's London Underground Air Max Collection


Imagine a Venn diagram of two circles. One contains sneaker heads, the other, appreciators of mass transport systems - people with a season pass to the London Transport Museum. Nestled in the overlapping cleft of these two quadrants is the new Nike x Roundel by London Underground Air Max collection.

The bold geometric print of this superb collaboration first found fame in 1978, when the London Transport commissioned designer Misha Black to create a pattern for the upholstery of the District Line's new trains.

The Underground appreciation doesn't end with the use of this iconic print, with both the Air Max 90 Jacquard and Air Max 1 Jacquard featuring the Roundel (the London Underground logo) embroidered on the tongue. We've been desperately searching for a 'Mind the gap' pun to sum up our love for these shoes, but we're afraid we've failed you.

The collection, which celebrates the London Underground's 150th anniversary, arrives 14 December at selected retailers including Footpatrol, Dover Street Market and 1948 London. The first 150 pairs will be available at a pop-up kiosk at Piccadilly Circus station at 6am, and will include an additional gift in celebration of the 150th anniversary. We'll see you in the queue.

(Images: Nike)