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Converse x Feng Chen Wang's High Concept 2-in-1 Chuck 70

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.

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Nike Adapt BB 2.0 Chicago Gamer Exclusive

February 14, 2020 - The colorway of the Nike Adapt BB 2.0 was debuted by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant February 14 during 2020 NBA Rising Stars. As a Gamer Exclusive, the shoe will feature virtually inside NBA 2K20 and will unlock for physical purchase within the game in the coming weeks.

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Jordan Brand Taps Into Its Italian Pedigree

February 13, 2020 - The Jumpman's connection to Italian fashion reaches back to 1986, when the Air Jordan II’s manufacturing process both followed from and jumpstarted the brand's interest in fine Italian craftsmanship. The Air Jordan I Mid Milan deepens that connection by referencing the capital city’s spires and gothic architecture in a sun-glinted pastel color scheme. The shoe comes with a MLN hangtag.

The Air Jordan I Mid Milan is available for pre-release February 19 at One Block Down in Milan. A global release follows on February 22.

February 05, 2020 - Designed for 800 meter to 10k races, the Nike Air Zoom Victory is a complete paradigm shift in distance track spike design. 

Inspired by the Nike Alphafly NEXT%, the spike is built with a combination of Nike ZoomX foam, carbon fiber plate and Nike Air Zoom. The latter is supplied by a unique welded Nike Zoom Air sole, which divides the unit into two separate pockets, provides responsive impact protection and allows for a smooth transition without sacrificing control on the track. The Nike ZoomX foam is employed as a thin midsole between the carbon plate and ground, and the full system is tuned to minimize energy loss and maximize response. The spike's upper is formed from Nike Atomknit, a new version of Nike Flyknit.

The Nike Air Zoom Victory is part of Nike’s race day footwear offering in summer 2020.

February 05, 2020 - The Nike Air Zoom Viperfly represents a new paradigm of performance on the track.

Designed specifically for the 100 meter, the truest test of pure human speed, the spike incorporates an innovative new carbon plate — produced by a new process, Custom Fiber Placement (CFP), which allows for varying flexibility within the plate — and an unmistakable forefoot Nike Air Zoom unit. This composition, developed alongside the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, was designed to provide responsiveness and energy. It follows deep study of the strategy and performance of the race, and focuses attention on what athletes need most in the last 20 meters of the sprint. 

The Nike Air Zoom Viperfly is completed by an Atomknit (a new version of Nike Flyknit) upper, which maximizes heel lockdown and decreases material waste. In addition, the foam in the heel provides impact protection and aids the transition from full-speed sprint to post-race walk.

The Nike Air Zoom Viperfly will be available as part of Nike’s race day footwear offering in summer 2020.

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The Nike React Vision D/MS/X Experiments with Comfort

January 31, 2020 - The Nike React Vision D/MS/X incorporates more of its namesake React cushioning than its predecessor, the Nike React Element 87, and builds off the 2018 release's futuristic and technical aesthetic.

Once again, Nike Sportswear continues to experiment with Nike React in search of surreal cushioning solutions for all-day wear. Employing the algorithm from the Element series, Nike React Vision’s exaggerated tooling with protruding lugs provides a soft bounce with each step.

The Nike React Vision interprets uppers from classic running silhouettes, Air Span II and Internationalist, and remixes their designs for an exaggerated aesthetic. An overstuffed tongue and lightweight-mesh upper bring top-of-foot comfort.

The Nike React Vision D/MS/X releases February 6 on SNKRS, SNEAKRS and at select retailers.

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Built for Speed: The Nike Vapor Edge

January 30, 2020 - Built for speed and performance at the highest level in professional football, the Nike Vapor Edge offers instant propulsion and power transfer. The ultra-light, aerodynamic cleat also provides a responsive feel thanks to its independent traction pods.

The Vapor Edge's airy aesthetic is complemented by a second-skin fit that employs Nike Flyknit 360-degrees around the foot and propulsion chassis. The design was a direct response to player feedback to create a cleat that feels like a sock with spikes. 

The Nike Vapor Edge launches February 2 on nike.com. 

January 30, 2020 - maharishi's latest program with Nike by You celebrates the merger of technology and nature. 

Using Nike’s tallest Air unit, which is constructed from 75 percent recycled material, the maharishi By You Air Max 720 carries a distinct custom camouflage inspired by leopard spots. “Camouflage, in truth, is an abstract rendition of nature,” says maharishi founder Hardy Blechman. 

maharishi's abstraction of the leopard print is translated in a custom jacquard knit upper that comes in a choice of colors: leopard heat, leopard moss, leopard desert and leopard noble red. The depth of the camouflage is extended by a balance between the base surface of the fabric and the flocked yarns that sit about it. This creates a strong textural dimension, as well as a subtle shift of personality, depending on time of day.

Further customization comes in the form of a selection of maharishi “truisms” — “THE TRUTH IS ONE” or “WISE TYGERS” — which can embellish the Air unit. 

The maharishi By You Air Max 720 can be customized now and will be available February 3 from nikebyyou.nike.com/maharishibyyou

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Special-Edition PhantomVNM for Christine Sinclair

January 29, 2020 - This special-edition Nike PhantomVNM boot commemorates Christine Sinclair’s 185th career international goal — the most scored by any footballer — during her match on January 29, 2020. Flooded in Canadian red, the boot features personal details such as her jersey number, a Canadian flag, a quote from her college coach (“You better earn your right to play”) and two nicknames (“Sinc” and “Wonder”). The left sockliner includes meaningful dates and geographic coordinates from Sinclair’s career, while the right sockliner recognizes important figures in Sinclair’s life. An overhead view reveals an outline inspired by the shape of a maple leaf.

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Air Jordan XXXIV "Bayou Boys" PE for Zion Williamson

January 22, 2020 - Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans debuted his first regular-season Air Jordan XXXIV PE January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs. The reflective faux gator material is inspired by Williamson's play in the Bayou State and by his aggressive playing style, punctuated by the sharp teeth at the base of the tongue.

The Air Jordan XXXIV "Bayou Boys" releases in March.