Size and fit
The Drop-Type is offered in unisex sizing. Women can also get this pair by either going their usual sizes or going a full size down. Half sizes are also made available for this pair. The shoes have a bit of a narrow fit so it is advised to go half sizes up for those with wide feet.
For closure, the standard flat white laces can be adjusted to one’s more preferred fit and also for a more secure feel.
Nike Drop-Type Style
Having a forward-looking deconstructed aesthetic based on vintage Nike court shoes of the past, this new silhouette features a unique blend of various materials on the upper. The low-profile mesh and nylon-like upper consists of a mix of raw edges and laser-tight design lines that lend an edgier vibe to the pair. With a minimalist design, the suede overlays, an exposed foam tongue, and layered statement toe cap hit the front of the shoe, while luxe nubuck paneling updates the classic design with a touch of class.
Also, the seemingly handwritten “N354” branding gives them a custom-made look. Colorways for these shoes are in black with white Swoosh, white with red accents and red Swoosh, and white with blue Swoosh. The versatile design is complementary to one’s streetwear and pairs nicely with everything from jeans and joggers to shorts and chinos.
With a high-tech autoclave construction, which fuses the shoe’s outsole and midsole, this provides the streamlined look of the Drop-Type. This makes the sneakers less bulky, yet durable and flexible. There are also perforations on the sidewalls that provide breathability. Furthermore, a rubber toe-cap is considered as a protective element to the pair for added support to an area that is prone to wear and tear in order to ensure durability. All this design sits atop an oversized white rubber mid and outsole that provides improved traction.
Nike Drop-Type History
In 1964, the world’s leading sports brand Nike was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman, a track-and-field coach at the University of Oregon, and his former student Phil Knight. This teacher-student tandem invested $500 to import Tiger shoes from Japan to sell them in the United States. They then opened their first retail outlet in 1966 and officially became Nike, which the company takes the name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in 1971. A year later, they launched the Nike brand in 1972.
Creating new lines and restoring classics from their archives, the Swoosh brand has had several known lines and one of these is the N.354. This is Nike’s newest in-house design line, which is taking classic silhouettes from yesteryear and updating them with a fresh, new deconstructed look with updated features that is both experimentally modern and sentimentally reverential. Deconstructing a classic Nike tennis shoe while giving it a DIY attitude, the Nike Drop-Type is part of the N. 354, which is an ultra-minimal, stripped-back masterpiece taking design inspirations from classic Nike court shoes and is constructed with more modern details.
Nice to know
- The Drop-Type by Nike is part of the N354 family that pays homage to Steve Prefontaine's fastest mile.
- It pulls design inspirations from iconic shoes, which are the All Court 2 and Blazer.
- As noted on the insole, it is written that the pair is a prototype of the 2001 Air Mowabb.