Black and yellow, black and yellow, you know what it is! No, it’s not Wiz Khalifa, it’s our latest Air Max 90 concept! Named the Bumblebee, after both the flying insect and the Transformer, our creation’s dark upper and bright yellow accents are a match made in heaven. Check out the sneaker above and read more about its design below.
Our concept comes in a black leather and mesh upper, with yellow accents on the Nike Swoosh and the lining. Further yellow detailing is also present on the Nike Air writing on the tongue, atop a square grey tag. The upper is then completed with grey TPU accents around the eyelets and on the lateral side. Our concept’s sole is no different from the upper, consisting mostly of a black coating, bar yellow highlights around the Air bubble. We think this Air Max 90 would look great paired with an all-black look, or a sports jersey that uses the same black and yellow colors.
As the name of our concept suggests, we have taken inspiration from the bumblebee, a lovable flying insect that features distinctive yellow and black stripes. But our concept is also influenced by Bumblebee from The Transformers, who dons the same yellow and black markings. A fan-favorite of the successful movie franchise, a Bumblebee-themed sneaker would be undoubtedly very popular. And whilst that wish was previously granted, it was by the past its prime skate-brand Osiris. So, we wanted to honor the character by creating what we think a Bumblebee sneaker would look like, should a top brand like Nike ever collaborate with The Transformers.
Yellow may not be the most common color on a pair of shoes, but it has had its fair share of sneaker moments over the years. Jordan brand has been especially generous towards the color yellow, releasing plenty of yellow and black sneakers in the last few years alone. Notable examples of which are the Air Jordan 1 Pollen and the re-release of the Air Jordan 4 Lightning. But the difference with these sneakers is the ratio of yellow on the sneaker to black. On both models, yellow is the dominant color, while we have reversed this to use bright yellow to accentuate the most important details. We also decided against using a white midsole like the typical yellow and black Air Jordans and have instead used a bit of grey on the upper to reflect the metal details on Bumblebee the Transformer.