When Misha Black designed the upholstery for the London Underground District Line in 1978, he probably never suspected his geometric pattern would one day inspire a pair of Nike trainers.
And to be fair, anyone who has crammed onto the tube’s most creaking route probably wouldn’t have guessed it either.
But here we are in 2013, and Nike has indeed made a sneaker that recalls the District’s red-black-brown-yellow seating motif – and the real surprise is that they look fantastic.
The Nike x Roundel (part of the London Underground Air Max collection) are full of cool details, including the iconic ‘Roundel’ TFL logo on the tongue and Jacquard weaving polyester designed to capture the texture and feel of the old seats, making them a one-piece fit.
If you’re after a new pair of statement sneaks, they’re a great choice: even if in certain parts of London, you’re going to match the furniture.
£100 (approx), available from 14 December, nikeinc.com