Initially launching in 2004, the innovative and pleasantly bizarre Zvezdochka shoe from Nike was ahead of its time. Upon introduction, many questions were asked—including how in the world you pronounce the name. Designed by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson and inspired by time spent at the Russian Space Agency, the modular, four-piece design was imagined as a multi-purpose shoe for cosmonauts—and named for the Russian dog that was sent into space aboard Sputnik 10 in 1961. Though only around for a brief period of time, the unique shoes left a lasting legacy. “Projects like the Zvezdochka helped pave the way for other breakthroughs like Nike Flyknit, or how we think about new tools like 3D printing,” says Mark Parker, President and CEO of Nike. And now, 10 years on, we’re excited to see the space-inspired shoe return to shelves—albeit for a limited time once again.
Set to release 29 December 2014 at select NikeLab retailers and online, the 10th anniversary Zvezdochka will be available in all five original colorways. The limited edition rerun pays tribute to the iconic collaboration, bringing back not only the silhouette but the precise shoe in its entirety, including the four interlocking parts (an outer cage, outsole, inner-sleeve and insole). Keep an eye out for the reintroduction in the week to come.
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