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Sneakers Published: January 9, 2019 Updated: January 14, 2019  |  WORDS: Mari Martinez

Buckle up, the Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch is dropping soon

Martine Rose puts her own twist on the popular Air Monarch IV.

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The Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch was exclusively sold on Craigslist in London last month.

The Nike Air Monarch is THE ultimate dad shoe. There is no debate about that. Chunky, with a simple design and colors, and an affordable price tag. Now, British designer Martine Rose has taken the bland sneaker and spiced it up.

The Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch IV is part of the capsule collection between Rose and the swoosh. While an earlier release was only available through Craigslist in London, we will now have a chance to cop the sneakers ourselves. The sneakers will be available in three colorways: all-pink, all-black, and blue and white, with the first two having patent leather uppers and natural leather for the latter.

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At first glance, the sneaker’s upper seems cartoonishly deformed. The sneaker looks as if they forced a size 15 upper onto a size 8 midsole, with protrusions all around. This definitely makes the Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch one of the most eye-catching releases of the year. The Nike branding is subtle, with tonal swooshes on both the black and pink iterations while the white and blue has a classic contrasting swoosh. Martine Rose’s signature is just above the swoosh on the lateral side. To finish off, the normal Air Monarch insoles are co-branded with the British designer’s signature.

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The Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch will be released on Nike.com (SG) on January 12. There is no news on a local retail price yet but this collaboration will see the most expensive price tag on an Air Monarch yet. Watch this space for updates.

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What are your thoughts on the Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch? Would you cop an intentionally “ugly” sneaker? Let us know in the comments below. 

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