Nike collaborates with Virgil Abloh Athlete in Progress – a boundary-breaking collection

CELEBRATING the resilient confidence and perseverance of runners around the globe, to form the Athlete in Progress collection. Combining the rich sporting heritage of Nike and the expert design techniques of Virgil Abloh, the collection represents the boundary breaking running community, embodying qualities of self-belief and reliance.

Trainers part of the Athlete in Progress collection

Set to release in the coming fall and summer seasons, the collection will fuse performance with design to form its latest post run apparel and footwear, with designs inspired by the renowned Nike storied running shoe.


Showcasing the collection for the first time, Athlete in progress debuted as part of the Off-White SS19 runway, in Paris, with athletes including Dina Asher Smith, Vashti Cunningham, Cecilia Yeung, English Gardner, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Nafi Thiam, Caterine Ibarguen and Rénelle Lamote, walking alongside models on the runway.


Trainers part of the Athlete in Progress collection

“I started talking with Nike about this women’s running project last summer and at the time, I was very much inspired by the aesthetic and style of track and field athletes. As a result, I invited some of Nike’s elite track and field champions to participate in my SS19 Off-White runway show as the natural forerunner to developing and showcasing the collection,” stated Virgil Abloh.


by Lorna Tyler