UPDATE: JJJJound has officially announced its upcoming Salomon XT-Wings 2 collaboration. It’s slated to launch on June 1 exclusively on JJJJound web-store and Friday, June 2 on via Salomon and select retailers.
JJJJound and Salomon are two of the most prolific collaborators in the greater street culture sphere today, but they’ve never worked together … until now. The Montreal-based masters of minimalism recently took to their Instagram to give us a first look at their first project with the French sporting company: a characteristically clean take on the XT-Wings 2.
Originally released in 2011 as a high-performance trail runner with a chunky midsole (the same version that was used on the original XT-4) and a striking upper, the XT-Wings 2 was slimmed down and made much more subtle when it was reintroduced as a lifestyle silhouette, making it a perfect match for JJJJound’s tasteful tweaks. Only a single image of the collaborative design has been shown at the time of writing, but it shares a handful of key details like a custom JJJJound branding hit on the medial heel and a crisp color scheme that combines sail and bone tones with bright sport blue accents.
The XT-Wings 2 is one of the more under-the-radar silhouettes in the Salomon Sportstyle lineup — it doesn’t boast the white-hot popularity of models like the XT-6 or the ACS Pro Advanced — but it’s likely to spike in popularity thanks to its newfound JJJJound association. It’s not unreasonable to think that this release could kick off a run of new XT-Wings 2 releases either: giving a silhouette some extra gas with an A-list collaboration, then following it with several in-line releases is a time-honored sneaker industry marketing maneuver, and Salmon recently employed it with Sandy Liang and the XT-6 Expanse.
Currently, no release date or pricing information for the JJJJound x Salomon XT-Wings 2 has been announced. However, more details on the co-created sneaker should surface soon.
While you wait to find out more about the release, check out Salomon Sportstyle marketing lead Bryan Diaz’s installment of Sole Mates.