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.
December 12, 2019 - The Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated pays tribute to the runner's all-encompassing cultural cache — striking harmony between ’90s homage and exalted basic.
Two premium leather color bases, white and black, provide a perfect backdrop for strong accent pops. Infrared, a hallmark Nike color initiated by the AM90, and a vibrant blue both capture the original spirit of the shoe. A double mudguard — a unique element made possible by the band of color — gives the Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated distinction from prior iterations of the Air Max 90. This feature references the supercross jackets popular in the ’90s New York hip-hop scene, which was a foundational influence on the Undefeated team.
Another defining characteristic: the replacement of the traditional "Nike Air" from the rubberized heel with the five-strike Undefeated mark.
All eight colorways (infrared/white, infrared/black, green/white, green/black, blue/white, blue/black, yellow/white, yellow/black) release December 27 at Undefeated. Toddler and preschool sizes will be available in red/black and yellow/white only.
The blue/black, blue/white, yellow/black and yellow/white colorways will release December 30 on SNKRS and SNEAKRS.
December 11, 2019 - Kevin Durant shared a special bond with his late Aunt Pearl, who passed away from lung cancer in 2000. Beginning with the KD4 in 2012, Durant remembered Pearl’s influence in his life by teaming up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to create a pink colorway in Aunt Pearl’s name; it's now an annual tradition in the line. The shoes are further immortalized by pulling details from earlier KD Aunt Pearl colorways and incorporating them into the next iteration. Here are the inspirations behind the details of the KD12 Aunt Pearl:
- The pearl graphic on the collar foam is drawn from the KD4
- The sock liner graphic is from the KD5
- The medial heel graphic is from the KD6
- The strap is from the KD7
- The lateral heel graphic is from the KD8
- The heel embroidery is from the KD9
- The material on the tongue, collar and Nike Swoosh is from the KD10
- The outsole marbling is from the KD11
The KD12 Aunt Pearl releases globally December 26 on nike.com and at select retailers.
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December 11, 2019 - The Converse Pro Leather was first released in 1976, and during the 1980s, it was no stranger to competitive glory. The shoe was victorious on collegiate and professional stages, and Converse itself was an official sponsor of the United States’ national team during the period.
The latest colorway of the Pro Leather celebrates this rich history with a classic white and navy color scheme. An egret suede eyerow and matching midsole add a subtle retro touch, and the classic Star Chevron is augmented by quintessential Pro Leather gold foil branding stamped on the lateral side of the shoe. An American flag sockliner honors the silhouette’s achievements.
Available in both Hi and Ox versions, this colorway of the Converse Pro Leather launches December 11 at KITH and releases globally December 21.
December 09, 2019 - Nike is highlighting two Oregon-based companies — Seamus Golf, an accessory brand, and Pendleton Woolen Mills — in a variation of the Nike Golf Air Zoom Victory Tour. The outsole plate and sockliner draw from the jacquard woolen designs on the Seamus x Pendleton headcovers, a collaborative project between the two Pacific Northwest companies that began in 2015. The Pendleton wordmark adorns a tag on the lateral side.
The Nike Golf x Seamus Air Zoom Victory Tour releases December 12 on nike.com and at select retailers.
December 09, 2019 - The Converse All Star Pro BB "Nocturnal" adds a fresh twist to the brand's latest performance basketball shoe with the addition of a glow-in-the-dark sole unit. In vibe, it carries a cheeky nod to a previous holiday edition of an Eric Avar classic. In practice, the shoe also celebrates Converse's two-decades-long legacy of experimentation with phosphorescence.
Converse initiated glow-in-the-dark designs in 1987, when both uppers and outsoles of the Chuck were first illuminated. This was a step in the continued evolution of the icon — pushing beyond prints to augment the presence of the sneaker on the streets. Now, with the All Star Pro BB, the luminous look adds to the energetic statements made on the shoe's upper since the silhouette's debut in April.
The Converse All Star Pro BB "Nocturnal" releases December 12 in China and December 15 in North America.
December 08, 2019 - Week 14 of the 2019 pro football season brings another edition to Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame warmup cleats: a playful take on the wide receiver's support of an animal rescue shelter in Cleveland.
OBJ's cleats take the field December 8 ahead of the Cleveland Browns' away game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and will also be worn in game.
December 04, 2019 - Nike SB has teamed up with Oskar Rozenberg-Hallberg, better known as Oski, to introduce the skater’s first Orange Label Collection. Weaving a Swoosh shark design throughout the shoes and apparel, Oski intentionally employs the king of the ocean as a representation of mastering any skill.
“I’ve always been intimidated of sharks,” says Oski. “They look so brutal and they move so skillfully through the water. They are the kings of their environment in my eyes. One of my favorite animals and just really iconic looking. I feel like if you can do anything as effortless as a [shark] can swim, you’re doing it right.”
The Nike SB Oski Orange Label Blazer and apparel, including a jacket, hoodie, top and T-shirt, launch December 14 and the Nike SB Oski Orange Label Dunk launches December 21. The collection is available globally at local skate shops.
December 03, 2019 - Originally released exclusively in Japan in 2002, the Nike Dunk Low Pro B Viotech made waves beyond its initial locale. In fact, the vibrant color scheme, rich materials and instant recognition made the shoe one of the premier Dunk colorways of its era — a defining icon of the burgeoning streetwear scene and a must-have for the sneaker cognoscenti. A reissue in 2013 (with minor color and badging updates) reaffirmed the Viotech legend.
For 2019, the Nike Dunk Low Viotech follows the same color specs as its antecedents and employs the original woven tag on the tongue. The heel features “NIKE” in black stitching, faithful to the 2002 version.
The Nike Dunk Low Viotech releases December 10 on Nike SNKRS and SNEAKERS, and at NikeLab locations and select retailers.
December 02, 2019 - In recognition of Megan Rapinoe’s most recent accolade, and in a year of massive achievements, Nike presents commemorative boots made specially for her.
The pink and gold colorway draws inspiration from Rapinoe’s signature hair color and the trophies she has won. Her first and last name appear prominently on the lateral sides of the boot, with “Just Do It’ on the medial side. The heel counter and sockliner carry the four stars Rapinoe and her American teammates proudly sport on their national team jerseys.
One-of-a-kind boots for a one-of-a-kind player, this special edition will not be sold at retail.