In line with the upcoming Air Span II re-release we had a little chat with MC and avid sneaker collector Elvis de Oliveira aka E-Life.

Who are you, and where are you from?
I’m E-Life / Elvis de Oliveira (artist, producer, writer) of Cape Verdean descent from Rotterdam, The Netherlands

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
Beats, Rhymes & Life.

What was your first memory of seeing the Air Span?

I didn't like the original Air Span to be honest. The Air Max 1 and Stab were the “ones” for me in those days. I started to see the light when the Air Span II was released. That release ‘caught’ me and I immediately recognised how wrong I was hahaha. My first memory of wearing the shoe was how comfortable this sneaker was. Never felt comfort like that again, except when wearing 180’s or Structures maybe.

The Air Span released in 1989, shortly followed by the Air Span II in 1990 & 1991. How do you think this shoe differentiated from an Airmax 1, '90 or Epic?
I think what differentiated the Air Span was that it was a “simple” sneaker. And I mean this in the best possible way. An unpretentious, no nonsense and honest pair of sneakers. Still a fan!

Did this shoe represent the style of that particular time?
Yes it did, a lot of great models were ‘born’ and worn during that era. The 1’s, AM 90’s 180’s, Stabs. And the Air Span was right up there. Everybody was wearing one of the above models. I really think it's this period in time when Nike solidified it’s position in street culture. Before that you’d see all kind of brands on people’s feet, but then the balance slowly shifted towards Nike. That whole era was a game changer…"

Patta & Nike present:
The return of the, NIKE AIR SPAN II.


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