Adidas Skateboarding and Na-Kel Smith reboot the Nizza

August 9, 2019

This month, adidas Skateboarding once again hands over creative control to team-rider, Na-Kel Smith to personalize a timeless brand silhouette and a personal favorite—the Nizza. The pro-rider applies the “NAK” treatment to the 1975 classic that has been updated with a modern, refined treatment (RF) with one shoe representing Smith’s wild side, and the other for his mild side. Both models receive a hairy suede treatment hand-picked by Nak, the bold green hi-top silhouette is contrasted by an understated, black low model. The two Nizza RFS x Na-Kel offerings continue an on-going collaboration between brand and rider, where select team riders reimagine silhouettes through updated color, material and custom design details.

“I like the history of the Nizza, and the look of the shoe. The suede we used feels furry and has a really nice touch to it. It’s also really easy to break in,” Na-Kel explains, “More than anything, I’m appreciative and grateful to have been able to choose these colorways myself.”


Held to its OG shape and makeup, the new and improved Nizza Hi RFS (Refined Skateboarding) receives a statement-making spring-green colorway broken up with pink detailing. The vulcanized court classic features streamlined padding for maximum mobility, coupled with a double suede toecap for durability. The shoe is complete with a cheetah print heel tab and inner-lining to match. Nak applies a similar treatment to the Nizza RFS low, assigning a black-on-black palette to a premium suede upper. Refining basketball aesthetics for skateboarding, the low carries a similarly thin lining and reinforced toecap, along with the right balance of red in the sneaker’s sole and foxing stripe. The Nizza RFS x Na-Kel style also incorporates the subtle cheetah print dressing, mirroring its hi-top counterpart.


Both Nizza RFS x Na-Kel styles come with Nak-art custom pins and will be available through the adidas Skateboarding website and select Skateboarding retailers beginning August 10th. The Nizza RFS Hi x Na-Kel will retail for $100 and the Nizza RFS x Na-Kel will retail for $85.

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