If you like the sound of deliciously neutral silhouettes that are rich in Korean heritage, we present to you to the Nike Hangul Day Collection. So far consisting of some of the Swoosh’s most rated models like the Dunk Low, Air Max 1, P-6000, Air Force 1 and Cortez – the capsule pays homage to a South Korean national holiday. Celebrating the declaration of the Korean alphabet, Hangul, the annual holiday was introduced by King Sejong the Great to encourage widespread literacy. Debuting the capsule back in 2021 with the Air Force 1 Low, Nike’s Hangul Day-dedicated sneakers have become a yearly occurrence, and we can’t get enough.
This year, the Oregon-based powerhouse has opted for a neutral palette throughout Hangul Day releases, giving us not one, not two, but five versatile iterations. Arriving on 9th October (Hangul Day, obvs), the Nike Dunk Low SE and Air Max 1 ‘87 SE additions are expected to be receive a highly sought-after reception. Let’s get into it.
It doesn’t get more refined than these Dunk Low’s, ideal for everything from a pint with your mates to a sophisticated streetstyle. Crafted from a distressed suede base and soft leather overlays, the silhouette utilises various beige tones for a dynamic contrast. Hangul text adorns the left heel, whilst special edition Nike branding graces the right. Providing a grounded base for the upper is a rubber gum sole, perfectly complimenting the laid-back palette. Finishing off the iteration is a ‘Hangul Day’ charm accessory, so you can flex the pivotal South Korean history with every step.
Sticking to the beige-toned theme of this year’s Hangul Day series, this Nike Air Max 1 is as clean as they come. Boasting a crisp white mesh base and Swoosh, the distressed suede upper highlights tan panelling. When comparing this year’s ‘Hangul Day’ AM1 with 2022’s iteration, you’ll find that this iteration sticks to the conventional portrail of the Air Unit as opposed to ‘No Bubble’. Situated within the creamy midsole, these kicks are a must-have for easy winter styling.
As we know, both the Nike Dunk Low and AM1 are almost in reach, dropping via NIKE & SELECTED RETAILERS this Friday (6th). However, they’re not the only sneakers arriving this year for Hangul Day. The Nike P-6000, Air Force 1 Low Gore-Tex and Cortez are also en route and expected to drop this month. It must be noted that release information for the EU region has not yet been confirmed by Nike – so we can’t guarantee they’ll be landing in the UK just yet. Nevertheless, this collection is too cold not to cover, so read on for a look at the rest of the Nike Hangul Day Collection!
Next, the commemoratory capsule tackles the Tinker Hatfield classic, the Nike Air Force 1 Low Gore-Tex. Working atop a tight knit off-white mesh base, tumbled leather panelling adopts a ‘Light Orewood Brown’ hue. When it comes to purchasing sneakers for the upcoming winter months, it doesn’t get much better than Gore-Tex. Embedded with water-resistant technology, you can take confidence in your kicks no matter the weather. Celebrating this reality is an embroidered ‘GORE-TEX’ emblem within the lateral rear and tongue, as well as the collection’s signature Korean touch on each heel.
Nike’s P-6000 model has been making noise as of late, and we’re not surprised given the rise in popularity surrounding y2k fashion. Within this special Hangul Day iteration, the classic sneaker seamlessly blends Korean heritage with premium style. The silhouette takes on a ‘Khaki Light Bone’ palette, communicated atop a photon dust mesh foundation. Additionally, nubuck and suede within the mudguard and tongue tag help to create a textural dynamic, implementing a futuristic aesthetic overall. Bringing it back to the cultural essence of the collection, the kicks feature a Korean translation of ‘Nike’ as well as a custom graphic on across each heel.
Last, but definitely not least, is the Hangul Day Nike Cortez. Differing for the rest of the 2023 Capsule in terms of the predominant hue, this sneaker opts for a darker shade of brown. The Cortez utilises a dark brown suede upper, accented with sail elements within the contrast stitching, tongue, inner lining and of course, Swoosh. The conventional Hangul Day touches continue in line with the rest of the collection’s counterpart-iterations; presented in Korean-inspired co-branding, and a special edition hangtag.
If you’re wanting to get your hands on the collections P-6000 and Cortez, we recommend keeping an eye on StockX for a chance at copping. Stay locked to our socials @thedropdate for the latest sneaker updates & news!
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