October 15, 2020 - More than two years ago, at the start of her ongoing collaboration with Converse, Feng Chen Wang, like many designers before her, requested pairs of the Converse Chuck 70 to complete her SS19 Menswear presentation at New York Fashion Week.
Equipped with more than 30 pairs, Wang captured the global attention of the creative community when she presented her vision of the canvas sneaker: a carefully deconstructed and delicately reassembled Chuck 70 concept shoe, complete with hand-painted details. Wang continued to tinker her concept through shape, style and color, and a few weeks later, debuted fresh iterations during her show in Shanghai.
Shortly after the show, Converse and Wang began work to figure out how to formalize the bold concept and bring it to wider audiences. During the following year, after numerous rounds of construction, fit and colorway explorations, the team engineered a design and finalized a color palette that demonstrates the cohesion between Wang’s deconstructed ethos and the classic Converse silhouette.
The result is all about honoring the icon, but boldly breaking the structure.
The Chuck 70 2-in-1 unifies two alternate sizes of Chuck 70 to converge form and style in one approach. Not dissimilar to the exploration of layering often seen in Wang's eponymous brand and her recent Converse collaborations, the silhouette is crafted with “two” in mind: a paired organic canvas overlay, double-layered foxing tape and a modified outsole, spliced into four quadrants. This intentional design keenly demonstrates the duality of Wang’s idea while providing the wearer with enhanced “flex” in their step within the highly-structured build.
The sneakers also feature a double-lace loop for alternative styling, and Feng Chen Wang’s namesake logo appears on the heel, sockliner and laces.
The Converse x Feng Chen Wang Chuck 70 2-in-1 launches October 20 in black and persimmon orange color palettes.
April 15, 2020 - Though the name might remind of ’90s slang, the vibe of the new Nike Alphina 5000 is pure 2000s. The look is conveyed by a bold use of a generation-defining technology, Nike Flywire. Introduced in 2008, Flywire creates a lightweight system of support through principles inspired by the cables from suspension bridges. On the Alphina 5000, the articulation of Flywire celebrates its initial aesthetic, whether in multi-color bursts or more subdued tones. The shoe’s bold TPU Swoosh panel gives added dimension to the lateral side, as does the sculpted midsole. Paying homage to the classic 2000s Bowerman Series of running shoes, the sole unit is also cored out at key points and given a playful asymmetry. In combination, the shoe's elements bring a new interpretation to chunky athletic nostalgia.
The Nike Alphina 5000 releases this spring.
April 10, 2020 - Before “athleisure” and “dad shoe” joined our everyday vernacular, the fitness boom of the 1980s birthed the idea of the cross trainer. With it, Nike unleashed a string of bold, industry-defining designs suited for wear in the weight room, on the court and across turf. An unintended, but swiftly realized, product of those arresting designs was a versatile adoption by the era’s musical subcultures.
Introduced in 1990, the Air Cross Trainer 3 Low extends aesthetic cues from the Air Trainer SC High. It was defined by a subtle upper color scheme, accented by pops of color on the tongue and midsole — a characteristic that remains in its 2020 version. This shoe maintains a subdued tech vibe suitable for a range of daily activities.
The Nike Air Cross Trainer 3 Low is available this spring on nike.com.
April 10, 2020 - Translating the chunky look and feel of a Max Air unit to a sandal, the Nike Air Max Koko debuts for summer 2020. The women's silhouette, shape and proportion are defined by a large-volume Max Air bag and a sculpted forefoot reminiscent of Vapormax. The shoe translates to a funky, elevated, high-tech take on a summer staple. The Nike Air Max Koko is available now on nike.com.
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April 06, 2020 - Neymar Jr. never stops inventing, refracting the harsh glare of the spotlight into a brilliant spectrum of athleticism. It’s those prismatic elements of Neymar Jr. that serve as the inspiration for Nike’s special edition Neymar Jr. Mercurial Vapor Jogo Prismático: a boot that is the embodiment of the player.
A bold expression of all he brings on and off the pitch, Neymar Jr.’s latest player edition boot is packed with character. From the Ousadia (Daring) and Alegria (Joy) printed on the heels of the boot corresponding to Neymar Jr.’s tattoos on his legs, to the boot's aesthetic nods to the dynamic 2019 Mercurial Vapor Speed Freak, this boot weaves in elements of Neymar Jr. and Nike Football history throughout its design. Also underscoring Neymar Jr.'s longstanding relationship with Nike, this boot highlights the stars of his first Mercurial player edition — the 2017 “Written in the Stars” Mercurial Vapor — hidden amongst the kaleidoscopic print. For the first time, Neymar Jr.’s latest player edition boot also employs his new NJR signature logo; the previous NJR logo is used as a secondary detail within the pattern.
The Neymar Jr. Mercurial Vapor Jogo Prismático is available April 6 on nike.com.
April 02, 2020 - The Jordan Brand Summer 2020 collection brings fresh takes to Jordan classics, weaving together Jumpman heritage and contemporary style. The new line offers something for everyone, including two Air Jordan V editions celebrating the silhouette’s 30th anniversary, a retro of the Air Jordan XIII “Flint” and new colorways of the Air Jordan XI low.
AIR JORDAN V RETRO
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release, the Air Jordan V Retro returns in its original Fire Red colorway. This latest rendition, which includes an iced-out blue rubber outsole, stays true to the 1990 OG details with the iconic reflective silver tongue and red Jumpman and Nike Air branding.
AIR JORDAN V SE
Paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan V, this summer launch celebrates the legendary silhouette by combining its three most iconic colorways: Fire Red, Metallic and Grape.
AIR JORDAN I HI OG RETRO
An alternate version of Jordan Brand’s 2018 Purple Toe colorway on the timeless Air Jordan I HI OG silhouette, this summer offering comes with a white toe box and purple forefoot overlays for a clean and classic look.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN I HIGH OG
For the first time a graphic will be used on the women’s Air Jordan I HI OG, employing a seasonal tie-dye.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN IV RETRO
The shoe, a seasonal take on the Air Jordan IV, is designed to celebrate hope and inspire peace, love and harmony. It employs a white tumbled leather upper with an OG cement-like execution on the midfoot, toe and heel tab. Pops of red, green and yellow are featured throughout the netting, tongue and Air bag.
AIR JORDAN IV RETRO
The Air Jordan IV gets an all-white reset with subtle pops of color and metallic silver detailing throughout each of the four colorways: Court Purple, University Red, Pine Green and Team Orange.
AIR JORDAN VII RETRO
This fresh take on the Air Jordan VII employs a mix of vibrant colors on a light gray upper, and also includes the numbers 130014-100, referencing the style code of the original 1991 colorway.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN XI RETRO LOW
This Air Jordan XI Low is a new flip on one of the original sketches of the formidable Air Jordan XI Concord.
AIR JORDAN XI RETRO LOW
Combining the beloved Concord and Black/Red colorways, this updated colorway blends two legendary looks of the Air Jordan XI lineage for the first time.
AIR JORDAN XIII RETRO
Adhering to the original specs from 1998, the beloved classic is highlighted by using original reflective mesh on the upper, original Flint Grey wrapped midsole, mudguard and heel, and mesh overlays.
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March 30, 2020 - With the Jordan Delta, Jordan Brand brings together its heritage of high-end material craftsmanship and high-tech construction methods. The shoe is designed for daily wear and is highlighted by an upper constructed with breathable mesh and augmented by lush suede overlays. The interior is seamless to prevent abrasion and ensure a smooth feel against the foot for all-day comfort. Additional padding to the collar and ergonomic tongue and heel loops further prioritize function-first design.
Underfoot, the Jordan Delta has full-length Nike React foam. The shoe's abstract herringbone pattern, which references a basketball mainstay for traction, delivers support and lightweight flexibility.
Minimal branding, in the form of hand-drawn elements, allows the form and construction of the Jordan Delta to speak for itself as a modern expression of the Jordan Brand.
The Jordan Delta SP, a Sail/Photo Blue-White version of the shoe, launches April 4 on Jordan.com and at select retailers. The Vachetta Tan colorway arrives May 14 in full family sizing, and the Black colorway releases June 6.
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March 27, 2020 - The Nike Tiempo Future DNA Tiempo Legend brings classic Nike Football design to one of the brand’s latest on-pitch innovations.
Originally released in 2011, the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite was the lightest Tiempo of its time — by at least 20 grams. Even more enticing than its lightweight feel was its ability to stand out on the pitch: the cleat’s vibrant orange pop of color from the tongue, heel graphic, stud tips and laces created a stark contrast from the black premium leather upper (a signature of the Tiempo franchise). Nike Flywire technology was integrated into the leather for a midfoot lockdown and, overall, more dynamic fit, while enhanced vamp stitching was strategically placed for lateral agility.
With tribute to its predecessor, the latest Nike Tiempo Legend 8 gets OG Tiempo Legend IV Elite color treatment. Its fit and feel is defined by the Legend 8’s stitchless, quilted diamond pattern upper and Flyknit Fit Tunnel, providing a supportive and snug fit around the midfoot. Additionally, the boot has Quadfit mesh in the forefoot to prevent overstretch of the outer leather layer.
The boot is the fourth and final release from Nike Football’s Future DNA Pack, in which Nike’s current performance boots each pay homage to a classic Nike Football design, and follows the release of the Nike Phantom VSN 2 Future DNA Hypervenom, the Nike Mercurial Vapor Future DNA Mercurial and the Nike Phantom VNM Future DNA T90.
The Nike Tiempo Future DNA Tiempo Legend is available March 27 on nike.com.
March 20, 2020 - The Nike Phantom VNM Future DNA T90 brings classic Nike Football design to one of the brand’s latest on-pitch innovations.
Originally released in 2002, the Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II was the perfect blend of comfort, power and precision. Made of soft KN-100 — a strong, light material — the boot’s namesake stemmed from the creation of a cleat that would support player comfort for the total 90 minutes of a match. The cleat featured asymmetrical, off-center lacing for a larger boot-to-ball surface (which helps create a cleaner strike), as well as Zoom Air units in the outsole for optimal traction and stud pressure reduction.
The Nike Phantom VNM Future DNA T90 pays tribute to its predecessor’s classic black, white and red colorway, and translates the 2002 cleat’s goal of precision through modern Phantom VNM technology to facilitate a powerful strike. Most notably, the new boot comes equipped with a Precision Pwr strike zone in the instep — 13 ridges set at specific angles and ascending heights to help keep the ball down and to provide a bite on its surface.
The boot is the third release from the Nike Football’s Future DNA Pack, which finds Nike’s current performance boots each paying homage to a classic Nike Football design, and follows the release of the Nike Phantom VSN 2 Future DNA Hypervenom and the Nike Mercurial Vapor Future DNA Mercurial.
The Nike Phantom VNM Future DNA T90 is available March 20 on nike.com.
March 13, 2020 - The Nike Mercurial Vapor "Future DNA Mercurial" brings classic Nike Football design to one of the brand’s latest on-pitch innovations.
Originally released in 2009, the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly was the lightest, fastest iteration of the Nike Mercurial at the time, and served as a glimpse into the future of Nike football boots. For the first time on a boot, the original Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly incorporated next-generation Nike Flywire technology in a streamlined upper. The purpose of the filament and fiber technology was to serve as a second skin, and offer a lightweight, stronger, more dynamic fit. It also housed a carbon fiber sole plate that reacted to the need for speed with strategically-configured blades for superior footing and quick cuts in any direction.
Paying tribute to its predecessor’s Max Orange and Metallic Silver colorway — debuting only on the pitch by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo — the Nike Mercurial Vapor "Future DNA Mercurial" sees modern upgrades on a classically fast boot with the addition of high-tenacity yarns on the upper (an elevated version of the Nike Flywire technology used on the original), which keeps the boot from stretching. The 2020 iteration also has All Conditions Control to prevent the boot from being porous.
The boot is the second release from Nike Football’s Future DNA Pack, in which current performance boots pay homage to a classic Nike Football design.
The Nike Mercurial Vapor "Future DNA Mercurial" is available March 13 on nike.com.