A big, BIG what if

When it comes to Nike’s big collabs, Fragment’s Hiroshi Fujiwara is one of the most prominent ones. The Japanese designer has been involved in several Nike sneakers under the HTM (short for Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker) series. The team up has produced key sneakers that include the Air Force 1, Sock Dart, Flyknit Racer, and Kobe 9 Elite.

Fujiwara himself even designed a special “Royal Toe” Air Jordan 1 High with the Fragment logo stamped on the heel.

A limited release back in 2014, they currently sell for around Php 170k in the resell market.

Speaking of Fragment Air Jordans, Fujiwara himself worn a pair of  Fragment Air Jordan 3s that uses the same color blocking as the Fragment Air Jordan 1s. The pair is so elusive, that they remain to be a sample up to this day.

A closer look at the text on the midsole reveals that they’re supposed to be a summer 2017 release.

Unlike regular Air Jordan 3s, the Fragment Air Jordan 3s swap the elephant print for black tumbled leather overlays, with Fragment’s thunder logo stamped on the heel.

Recently, Fujiwara has been sharing sample pairs from the supposed “The Ten” collection. According to reports, Fujiwara was supposed to do “The Ten” collection, only to be scrapped in favor of Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE brand.

The “The Ten” Air Max 1 that was supposed to be a Summer 2017 release according to the text on the midsole. Check out Fujiwara’s interpretation to the classic runner.

One of the supposed “The Ten” pairs Fujiwara shared on his Instagram is the Air Max 1, which has a reworked grey suede upper, black leather mudguard, and an all-black midsole with Fragment’s technical branding.

Aside from the Fragment Air Max 1 sample, Fujiwara recently shared another Fragment Air Jordan 3 model, this time utilizing the color blocking of the muted Fragment Air Max 1.

They are supposed to be a Summer 2017 release too.

Unlike the first Fragment Air Jordan 3, this one has a grey suede upper and an all-black midsole and outsole. You still get black leather overlays instead of the usual elephant print, along with the same technical print on the midsole.

While the two Fragment Air Jordan 3s (and the Fragment Air Max 1s) are sample pairs, do you think Fujiwara should push Nike to make them available to the public? Or should Nike push thru with another “The Ten” collab, this time with Fujiwara?

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