Saturday, July 14, 2012
Steven Alan’s understated collabo designs started 2011 off with some strong momentum for the Nike Air Lava Dome, and in their latest styles, Nike Sportswear proves it doesn’t need to bring in an upscale menswear designer to achieve a similar effect. Applying monochromatic suede and nylon to two new grey and black styles gets you in the same neighborhood, but the black pair’s bright blue sockliner suggests these are hiding a bit more playfulness. Have a closer look at these upcoming releases, let us know which you like best and stick with Sneaker News for release info.
Monday, April 30, 2012
It certainly is taking quite a while for another adult colorway of the Air Jordan IV to release, because the upcoming Air Jordan IV ‘Cavs’, set to drop on May 12th, would be the first Air Jordan IV since mid-February’s White/Cement release. Perhaps that elongated gap between Retro IVs is because this Red/White sample was scrapped; as stated in the size-tag (the only true piece of information we can use to date a sneaker), this Red/White sample with a unique matte Foamposite-like upper (as described by the owner) was destined for a Spring 2012 release (Jan-Mar), but it appears that Jordan Brand is following last year’s formula of Retro drops by sticking to OGs and one new concept (the aforementioned ‘Cavs’). With these popping up as well as Gentry’s White/Red Laser IV, perhaps 2012 was intended to be a crazier year for Retro releases, but given the current state of sneaker mania and Nike’s complete upheaval of its sneaker release process, maybe it’s better that these stayed inside the factory doors. We’ve got a detailed look at this tonal-red Air Jordan IV sample below, so take a look and join in on the bidding slugfest from this listing from brokeonjordans on eBay.
A little history for ya: this colorway of the Nike Air Flight One was one of the sneaker models worn by Penny Hardaway during his first two seasons of his NBA career before he embarked upon the Nike Air Penny signature line, but some may associate this Air Flight One (this exact colorway, to be more precise) to Michael Jordan. Why? During a game in the Second Round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, Michael Jordan, who rocked the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’, was forced by the NBA brass to switch to an all-black shoe in accordance with league uniform rules. He didn’t have a pair of the Space Jams handy, so for one game, he had no choice but to borrow a pair from Penny’s closet and wear the Nike Air Flight One in the same colorway (we have a picture for you below).
Of course, one of Michael’s trademark characteristics is is homicidal competitiveness, so he went as far as chopping off the ’1′ heel-tab of the borrowed pair. With the Air Flight One returning earlier this year, that story of MJ rocking the Flight One rushed back into our memories, and we’ll be able to re-live them this October as they are slated for a drop. A full shot as well as some classic in-game shots of MJ and Penny wearing this colorway of the Flight One below, so take a look and let us know what you think. Photos: ix_eleven
Up to this point the Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite ‘Varsity Maize’ has been sort of the odd man out as far as colorways go for the Nike LeBron 9 Elite, with no apparent connection along the same story line of the regal gold versions and the revisit to the ‘South Beach’ theme. Our recent exclusive sit down with Nike Basketball designers Jason Petrie and Leo Chang did help to shed some light on the black and yellow pairing however, intended as a re-imagining of the traditional Miami Heat color combos. Click through for the latest look at the Nike LeBron 9 Elite ‘Varsity Maize’ and let us know if you approve of the flipped color scheme. Also, make sure you have your calender marked for the May 12th release date. Photos: Air Knight
Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite
This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team, but if it weren’t for the April 1989 decision to allow professional players into the Olympics, none of our nostalgia would have a base of reference. USAB has dominated international basketball ever since, and this new Nike Dunk High looks back to those Barcelona Games with a University Red mixture of ripstop nylon and leather whose tongue tag transports anyone old enough to have seen its first run, instantly back to the summer of ’92. Click through to see how select navy accents and a white midsole finish the patriotic look and grab a pair from Nike Sportswear shops including Burner.
Nike Dunk High ‘USAB’
University Red/University Red
University Red/University Red
In 2006, Jordan Brand pair a worthy and impressive tribute to Spike Lee by giving him his own signature sneaker called the Jordan Spiz’ike – a hybrid of all the Air Jordans the Spike’s alter ego of Mars Blackmon chipped in for during their original debuts. We also remember the ‘Mar’s Jordan IV, which featured the OG White/Red/Black colorway with the Mars Blackmon logo on the heel, but Jordan Brand, for this year’s 23rd Anniversary, decided to bring it back sans-Mars (although the spirit of Blackmon will never be forgotten). Today we bring you a first detailed look at this upcoming release (currently slated for August), which should be the perfect OG-Air Jordan hit of the summer – much like last year’s True Blue III was. Is it Fire Red, or Varsity Red? We’ll find out the true color selection as more information pops up, but these will be a major hit either way. A detailed viewing awaits you below, so jump ahead and let us know what you think. Photos: marqueesole
Air Jordan IV
Thursday, November 24, 2011
It’s time to exhale. The trifecta of Air Jordan IIIs in original colorways from 23 years ago is now complete. Tomorrow will be the official release date of the Air Jordan III ‘Black/Cement’, returning to us once again in the form that Tinker had intended (with the exception of the Jumpman branding on the heel). These were last seen in stores three years ago as part of the Air Jordan 3/20 Collezione Package and also in 2001 (the last time the Black/Cement III featured ‘Nike Air’ on the heel-tab), so if your rotation is missing these certified gems or your pair needs to be replaced, don’t hesitate to cop. It wouldn’t be to far-fetched to say that anyone who calls himself a fan of the Air Jordan MUST have these in their stash. If you don’t think these OG classics aren’t all that, find a new hobby. Cop the Black/Cements tomorrow at Jordan Brand retailers or to avoid the imminent Black Friday shopping crowd, get a pair now on eBay.
Air Jordan III
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Is it baseball season already? This Yankees-inspired release of the Air Jordan 1 Phat, destined for a January 2012 release, is a nice reminder of fresh cut grass and tossing the ball around in the open field. And with the NBA lockout being as persistent as ever, we can’t wait for another professional sport to infiltrate our minds. C’mon, we need sports to stress about! But look beyond the colorway, and you’ll see that this Air Jordan 1 Phat has some nice materials, like a smooth leather upper (with a sick molded Jordan Wings logo on the ankle), a perforated base layer, and elephant print on the swoosh. These are a must-have for the overlapping group of Yankee and Jordan fans, so checkout the angles below and let us know what you think.
Air Jordan 1 Phat
Sneaker News is making sure all Nike SB fans know what to expect from Swoosh skateboarding next year, our recent previews of the summer 2012 lineup encompassing everything from new colorways to new models along with a wide array of clothing and accessories. And any time a new crop of SB sneakers is on the way, you know the most important model in the brand’s history is bound to pop up in multiple renditions, this new Nike SB Dunk High one of the most summery looking in the division’s decade-long run. We get a better sense in these sunlit images of the true colors at play here, with a white canvas base adding a leather Swoosh for a glossy contrast while the off-white toebox takes things where the rest of the shoe is destined. Have you ever done any serious skating in an all-white sneaker? Next year’s your chance; click through to see more images and stick with Sneaker News for all of the upcoming Nike SB release dates. via N-SB
Kevin Durant is undoubtedly the most versatile player in the NBA. His ability to play multiple positions on the court is mirrored by the all-new Adaptive Fit system, which permits the Zoom-cushioned Nike Zoom KD IV to be a sneaker for players of all positions. Kevin Durant’s game is that of natural leadership and carrying the bulk of the load (two straight scoring titles and delving further into the NBA Playoffs every sesason is proof of that), but we’d like to remind you that Durant’s got a playful side about him – he’s just 22 years old! He’s active on Twitter, meaning he’s accessible to the masses, and he’s got no issues with donning gaudy chains and tribal gear as one of the original Nike ‘Hyperizers’ – even his Zoom KD III was partly designed after his love of video games.
And so, with the Nike Zoom KD IV scheduled for a wide release this December 3rd, Nike has teamed up with Hasbro to create a special pair of the Nike Zoom KD IV inspired by one of the generation-defining toys in this era – Nerf. The spongy toys that ran rampantly throughout the 1990′s returns alongside the Zoom KD IV, colored up in a high-energy assortment of neon tones and confetti-like detailing and packaged with a spongy Nerf mini-basketball with the box folding into a functional backboard and hoop. On the tongue you’ll see the classic Nerf logo as well as KD35 in the similar typefont for even more of a playful vibe. We’ve got a detailed look at the Nike Zoom KD IV ‘Nerf’ below, so check ‘em out and stick with Sneaker News for more updates and release info for undoubtedly the most exciting Nike Zoom KD release yet.