The Nike Air Monarch renaissance is nearing full tilt. Surrounded by a cultural movement centered around the very makings of the sneaker, our “dad shoe” obsession easily orbits (and generously pulls from) Jason Mayden’s famed creation. For that, Nike is not only bringing back the shoe, they’re taking the time to update the model to meet modern specifications.
While this new silhouette is easily a new representation of the Air Monarch 4, it’s not labeled as such. The shoe exists under its own volition. Titled the M2K Tekno, the model’s overall framing mimics that of the Monarch while the structure of the paneling is newly restored. As is the midsole tooling, which appears even bulkier to ring true to the chunky trend of now.
Anticipation for the Nike M2K Tekno has been growing since rumors of the updated Monarch begin last year. There was also the shoe’s official debut on the runway during John Elliott’s fall/winter 2018 New York Fashion Week presentation. The Sail-colored leather pair appears pristine when set against Bright Crimson and blue paneling that resonate as secondary tones. Yet that men’s edition hasn’t resurfaced since. A women’s M2K Tekno is, however, releasing later this season.
A Phantom/Oil-Metallic Silver women’s M2K Tekno will drop on May 19 with a retail price of $100 USD.
Nike M2K Tekno WMNS
Colorway: Phantom/Oil-Metallic Silver-Hyper Crimson
Style #: AO3108-001
Release Date: May 19, 2018