Versace’s head of sneaker design, Salehe Bembury, teased a possible upcoming shoe design that’s an obvious nod to old-school Apple nostalgia.
For some context, Apple actually designed a pair of sneakers — which were manufactured by Adidas — that featured a clean white design emblazoned with the company’s iconic, technicolor Apple logo.
It’s not clear how many Apple x Adidas shoes the companies actually produced, however. Some sources claim only one or two prototypes were made, while others report that several were created to give exclusively to Apple employees (although still in severely limited quantities).
Either way, the shoes have been shrouded in mystery — although they apparently exist, since photographs of the kicks have surfaced from time to time. At least one pair of the exclusive sneakers sold for $15,000 at auction last year. Suffice it to say, they’re obviously an extremely rare piece of Apple history.
The sneakers that Bembury teased on his Instagram this week are an obvious throwback to those exclusive shoes. They share the same white, minimalist aesthetic, presumably with a similar leather upper construction.
On the other hand, instead of an Apple icon and company moniker on the side and tongue of the kicks, the shoes that Bembury teased feature the Versace name — and, notably, the company’s logo clad in Apple’s signature rainbow design.
If you’re looking for additional details about the shoes, you’re out of luck for now. Bembury’s caption simply reads: “A wise man once said nothing at all.”
Because of that, it’s not clear whether the Versace kicks are an upcoming design that will actually be produced or if they’re simply a one-off custom shoe.
Either way, the post has generated plenty of buzz among the sneaker community. As of the writing of this article, the Instagram image has garnered nearly 7,000 likes and 400 comments.