There's a great deal of effort and money required to make quality shoes and risk involved as well. What if it fails? Not easy to take for a small company. I'm sure acronym wouldn't have done shoes at all if Nike didn't approach them to do the LF1. Nike has it all set up already. I also doubt that Errolson Hugh or acronym made the decision to change SISP from name giving 'shadow project' style and the PARSEQ grid to the current 'weird' SI mainline extension that SISP feels like. Pure speculation, but it appears to be more about brand image of SI and driven by SI.
The acr VM is not bad. For a spring/summer shoe it's fine. It feels a bit forced though. Nike will have asked acronym to do a Vapormax, possibly with all kinds of restrictions in production. The design is still radical and dividing the crown, maybe because the Vapormax already does that by itself, which could be exactly wanted to achieve and enjoy. The marketing is great too. All in all I think that one's a win for them whether one likes it or not.
On the business side, there's responsibilities to fulfill and while a comparatively small customer base may have paved the way to more, keeping a course just to please a small circle of people is unreasonable.
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