Air Kiy Inspired By Jordan 1 Is Making Big Noise Online

G-Roc

The Air Kiy sneaker disrupted the shoe game.

By now you have probably seen the Air Kiy sneaker. The shoe is a take on the classic Air Jordan 1 with a lightning bolt logo. Many people compare the inspiration to Nigo and what he did during his time at Bape with the Bapesta. The Bapesta is his own take on the Air Force 1.

Designer Kool Kiy of New Jersey is no different than Nigo and many other designers who are inspired by classic silhouettes. High fashion brands to Steve Madden have been doing it for years! The young black designer and his partner David Weeks NYC created a brand called Reves Paris.

They both started posting images on Instagram weeks ago and the feedback was of course insanely positive mixed with some negative comments. It's a love/hate shoe and approach. Some people champion the underdog/independent designers and some defend the corporate giants.

Copying, bootlegging, inspired by or whatever you want to call it has always been a part of the rebellion of streetwear and fashion. This isn't new information or a new strategy. Consumers pick whether or not they want to support the products or not - it's that simple!

As for Kiy, his team released a few colorways of the Air Kiy and even held a pop up shop in LA with very long lines. The next pop up shop is headed to New York. The NY & LA pop up shops feature Air Kiys that rock colors familiar with each region.

It looks like the Air Kiy line is just warming up because Kiy revealed a Paris Dunk inspired Air Kiy (pictured above). Kiy also revealed his take on the Air Max 1. It will be interesting to see the future of the brand because at this point it doesn't look like Reves Paris plans on slowing down any time soon.

I wouldn't be surprised if they open an Air Kiy retail store one day.

How do you feel about the Air Kiy line?

Comments (10)
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Tokyo_Mike
Tokyo_Mike

G-Roc it’s TM, hope all’s good with you.... Kiy’s the biggest scam in the sneaker world right now. I caught wind of his brand when he dropped his second shoe and kept up with everything he did, good or bad up until the end of 2020. It ended up being 99% bad. This guy spends all day filming himself spending money he takes on preorders he never actually sends out. He sold almost all his preorder pairs at a pop up shop 3 months after the preorder window closed and nobody’d gotten the shoes they preordered. If you call him on his garbage on IG, he blocks you. Read the comments on his IG page, every complaint is legit. If you email him or Reves Paris, zero reply. And the icing on the cake, Kiy actually had the nerve to accuse Bape of biting off of his “design” on IG recently... this dude is the reincarnation of MarqueeSole and Air Randy, and the only thing people need to know about him is to avoid him and his sad excuse of a “company."

Heymimi
Heymimi

You should do your research before giving free promo to a “business “ with a HORRIBLE customer service. They provide no updates, they get defensive when asking for an order that was placed in September.
How you have a pop up shop , keep releasing shoes but still doesn’t ship what was paid for in September.

Don’t believe me? Please read thru comments on their IG page !

DAMRUFF
DAMRUFF

Editor

These trash just like these https://thecoloralbum.com/collections/all/products/thecloudwzrd-1-chicago-menace

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C Brown
C Brown

Editor

Crazy thing is apparently there is resell for pre-sell (just say that out loud for second) on these which is what put them on my radar.....Im like how is that even possible that dudes are reselling a pre-sell?? That shit dont even make sense to me

DAMRUFF
DAMRUFF

Editor

We live in crazy times man. They were saying that Warren Lotas would’ve made 10 mil on his bootleg sneaker so I get why people are doing this.

Ultimately I’m like if I can afford or get the Bentley (Jordan Sneaker) then I’m not settling for the Chrysler (Kool Kiy/Lotas/etc) especially when there are plenty of other options available.

C Brown
C Brown

Editor

Im with you man....Im in NY...and these things aint on anyone I knows radar.....im also in that older generation so maybe the kids are rocking them....I just dont see it due to retail plus the fact you have to wait like 6 months to get them.....No way Im paying $400 for a pair of kicks that are clearly Flea Market Table fillers AND I have to wait to get them?? For that walk right into Flight and pay resell.....why wouldnt I just do that?

Moe.d
Moe.d

Looks cool to me . 🤷🏾‍♂️ Art is art . I would never hate on anyone’s creation.

DAMRUFF
DAMRUFF

Editor

I respect that man. When I say “trash” just means I don’t like them and they aren’t for me. If you like them, there’s no personal judgement from me. I truly believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and definitely wear/buy what you like.

C Brown
C Brown

Editor

@G-Roc !!!!!!!!!! Was just doing a search on this guy and your article came up so I decided to give the site a try.....and BOOOM!!! Im back!! I guess no more Maven re-direct huh???? What's the story with this guy?