With cultural references and technical depth, Nike designer Nate VanHook has sculpted the perfect winter shoe, the ACG Lunar Terra Arktos.
The starting point for the design according to VanHook was “to create a product so warm and utilitarian that it could exist in the Arctic”. The word ‘arctic’ is actually drawn from the ancient greek word ‘arktos’, which translates to bear, the given name of the boot.
The boot is prime with Nike tech, which combines for both warmth, comfort and weather resistance. The functionality starts on the outsole constructed with a “zoned sticky and hard rubber” build. The cushioning is on point with Lunarlon. Vac-Tech is employed on the tongue, toe, and foxing for a seamless build that guards against leaks. Completing the build, dynamic Flywire and Hyperfuse are used for a superior fit and lightweight body.
The kicks also incorporate a zipper to ease in and out of the boot. VanHook, with Matryoshka dolls and the Japanese custom of removing your shoes upon entering a home, has built the kicks with a removable bootie with a traction bottom and insulated upper. VanHook describes the build as…
Creating a system with an insulated liner that can be removed from the outer shell allows you to take your boots off at the front door while keeping your booties on for warmth and traction.
When looking for inspiration I researched Russian design and was drawn to traditional Matryoshka Stacking Dolls. The idea of modularity and pulling things apart to create a system that is stronger is perfect for creating a warmer product, much like a waterproof shell and insulated liner.
The kicks are scheduled to hit shops in early October through Nike Sportswear dealers. The black and anthracite color combo is now available on Nike.com (US).