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Nike and Skepta share a history of influential collabs, but this time around a landmark chapter is unveiled as SK becomes the first music artist to collaborate with Nike on a performance football boot - the Phantom SK. Whilst the boot was debuted on pitch by Manchester United and England young lion Mason Greenwood, we are blessed with a true On Pitch/Off Pitch collab as Skepta and Dave add the impressively styled 'Bloody Chrome' Nike Tailwind V SK to proceedings. 

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Since first linking up with the Swoosh back in 2017, Skepta’s signature sneakers have been some of the most in-demand and influential drops year-on-year and this 'Bloody Chrome' Tailwind V is no different.

Both the boot and the sneaker feature references to butterfly wings, representing Skepta’s exploration of creative metamorphosis, while the chrome Swooshes and soleplate of the Phantom SK are nods to the silver jewellery that has long been an integral part of Skepta’s style. The iridiscent heel counter on both adds a touch of style from his “Ignorance is Bliss” album cover.
Skepta is one of the most influential creators of his era. From music, to fashion, to design, he is an icon to young ballers on and off the pitch, moving the culture forward and championing the next wave. His arrival into football culture represents a new chapter in an already distinguished journey.

With the the Phantom SK and the Nike Air Tailwind V represented together by two of the country’s most gifted young talents in Mason Greenwood and Dave, Skepta’s continues to promote the community-focussed, team-first mentality that shows his importance to those chasing their dreams and to be the best the can be.

SK’s long relationship with football isn't just for show - classic football lyrics, his iconic appearance in an England shirt on-stage at Wireless, his participation in a game with Virgil Abloh for Nike x Off-White as well as his relationship with another young superstar baller Kylian Mbappé - marks a significant step forward for football culture.

"My earliest memory of football was when we were in school, we used to play football in the playground. When people used to shoot they would scream a player’s name but it would be like the commentator saying it. I like playing football more than watching football though. I love the pressure when you call for the ball, you’re just shouting. It’s just an idea when you’re shouting for the ball, but when they actually pass it to you now the pressure’s on. You’re the sole director of the next move and direction of this team now." - Skepta

The Nike Phantom SK and Nike Air Tailwind V 'Bloody Chrome' drop at on 12th June 2021. 

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