Within the Nike x Off White Collection, Virgil Abloh has nearly collaborated on 50 different shoes throughout his time with Nike. 50 damn shoes. But they still bring hype to it and resellers will always find a way to buy all of them. With that said, I’ll be going over my TOP 5 & WORST 5 shoes from the Nike x Off White Collection.
BEST: NIKE OFF WHITE PRESTO OG
Obviously a no-brainer. In my opinion, this is the BEST shoe out of the collection. Way better than the Off-White Chicagos. The OG Prestos were perfectly executed in every way possible. It’s not as flashy as the Chicagos (unless you wearing the bright orange & neon laces) which is a win in my book.
WORST: CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR 70s
You either like this shoe if you’re a converse head or you have poor taste. Just kidding about the latter part. But in all seriousness, this shoe is hideous. I don’t think I can name 1 aspect that I like about this shoe. If Converse released the exact same shoe without the Off-White branding on it, you would find this shoe on clearance or even at places like Ross.
BEST: AIR JORDAN 5 OFF WHITE
I am not a fan of the Jordan 5s. There are some iconic colors that I like, but I wouldn’t wear them. What Virgil did to this shoe was something out of the ordinary. First, he removed the thick padding that all Jordan 5s usually have. That was a huge deal for me because I thought that was a nice twist to the shoe. He also added holes that you can cut and leave the parts of the shoe open, which is weird in my opinion but it works. Aged sole, Nike Air on the back; this was a perfect collaboration. I still have yet to get my hands on a pair yet, but I’m definitely not letting this shoe slide and be forgotten.
WORST: NIKE OFF WHITE PRESTO (BLACK)
Yeah, I thought Virgil was about to have another big shoe just like the Presto the following year. Turns out, this pair along with the white just screams out laziness to my eyes. At least the white pair wasn’t as bad, you can never go wrong with an all white presto. Hell, you can even tie-dye it or bleach it to give the shoe some life. But an all black presto? Come on. This wasn’t necessary at all, we didn’t need an all black presto. I guess people compensated if they weren’t able to get their hands on the OG pair, they could get these new iterations. But trust me, I’d rather save up money to get the OG pair than buy this black presto here.
BEST: NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW OFF WHITE (COMPLEX CON)
Despite its hefty price tag and its limited quantity, this AF1 is easily one of the best out of the collection. The first AF1 was alright, the only problem to me was that it yellowed way too fast and it’s hard to remove the yellowing. Very clean colorway. You have your regular white as the upper for the base of the shoe, a cream midsole, and metallic swoosh. I actually want a pair of these to wear. I don’t usually like any of the Nike collaborations within the Off White collection because it’s so saturated. Out of the entire collection, I only wear the OG prestos. If I had these AF1s, this would be the second shoe I’d wear in the Off White collection.
WORST: NIKE ZOOM FLY OFF WHITE PINK
After the first Off White Zoom Fly came out, things went significantly down hill. The next pair of Zoom Flys were the Mercurial pairs, coming in black and orange colors. Following that, Virgil returned to the OG model, but making them either all black or all pink. The all black Zoom Flys are almost as bad as the pinks, but at least its wearable. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone wear the pink zoom flys. Maybe it’s because Zoom Flys fit very narrow and are not for everyone. Or maybe I’m being too optimistic and in reality, these shoes are pretty ugly.
BEST: NIKE AIR MAX 97 OFF WHITE OG
The 97s here was actually my first pair of Off Whites that I bought to wear. Everyone that I know gravitated towards either the Prestos, Jordan 1, Air Force 1 and Blazers at the time when they came out. No one was really talking about the 97s. As simple as it gets, sometimes simplicity is the key. The only loud part about the shoe is the Off-White text found in almost every Off White shoe. Besides that, it’s a clean pair of 97s. The only downside to this is that this shoe, along with the OG AF1, gets yellowed very easily, so take caution with that.
WORST: NIKE VAPOR STREET OFF WHITE (ALL OF THEM)
These shoes are just down right hideous. The Off White Waffle Racers were at least nice. Even the Terra Kigers. These are just the worst out of the three. I was able to get my hands on an early pair of the blue colorway as pictured above, but luckily I was able to sell them 4 months before they officially came out for $850. The yellow and black pair are actually still available on Nike.com for you to buy. Ridiculous. The consumer was right on not buying this shoe.
BEST: AIR JORDAN 1 OFF WHITE CHICAGO
An iconic shoe. Virgil deconstructed the Chicago AJ1 and turned it into something beautiful. I would say alongside with the OG presto, this is Virgil’s magnum opus. The UNC and Euro AJ1 can’t compare to the highly coveted Chicago colorway. As part of his first collection with Nike, Virgil changed the game up with this shoe here. Considered a grail to many people, this shoe will break peoples necks.
WORST: NIKE OFF WHITE DUNK (ALL OF THEM)
Yep, as shocker to everyone I would suppose, these are not as great as I thought they would be. I’m glad Virgil was allowed to work on the Dunk silhouette, but nothing about this shoe really amazed me. Virgil took inspiration from Nike’s BTTYS campaign with the colorways here. Above is the Michigan colorway, and below is the UNLV colorway. The Pine Greens were borrowed from the 2004 Celtics colorway, so it wasn’t from the original BTTYS pack. The whole lacing system on the dunks seemed too much for me. Leave that for the weird shoes like Terra Kigers and Vaporstreets. This extra lacing system doesn’t belong on a pair of dunks. If Virgil had done something different like deconstruct the shoe but keeping the college colors, then I’d probably like the shoe. But here? It just seems lazy.