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Converse x Undercover Introduces Graphic Camo Print

November 07, 2019 - Continuing an ongoing collaboration, Converse and Undercover designer Jun Takahashi combine forces on a reinterpretation of the Chuck 70 silhouette featuring a graphic camo print trussed with laced zipper guards and metal ring accents — unexpected hardware details that capture raw-edged rebellion. The shoe also has an embroidered “NW” patch for “The New Warriors," which is printed on the toecap.    

The Converse x Undercover collection (inclusive of High and Ox models) is available November 14 on converse.com and at select retailers.

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The ISPA Air Max 720 Gives Nike's Tallest Air Unit a Lift

March 06, 2020 - The ethos is now well established: ISPA uses NIKE, Inc.'s robust portfolio of innovations to solve for the challenges of city life. These challenges are as varied as the human-made environment, and in the case of the Nike ISPA Air Max 720, the design decisions serve to stabilize Nike's tallest Air unit and safeguard it from bumps and bruises. 

What bumps and bruises? Think jostling for space on a metro train, stretching out to keep a door from shutting or bouncing through a rave. The challenges of city life are nuanced and, often, discrete. A solid Air Max can help keep one comfortable through it all. 

And, as Air Max is to the dance hall what an Oxford shirt is to American prep schools, the ISPA Air Max 720 incorporates a heel tab fastener that functions like a classic locker tab so that the shoes can be hung in glory after a night out. 

Elements for the shoe are drawn from the Nike React 87 (those should be familiar) and when applied to the Air Max unit serve to guide the bags' displacement for a firmer ride. On the upper, tight mesh cutouts offer breathability (again, the Air Max is to the dance hall...).

The shoe offers sophisticated solutions to a few unique, everyday problems, while managing to look awesomely futuristic.

The chrome colorway launches March 13.

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The Phantom VSN 2 Now Comes Dressed in Classic Hypervenom Colors

March 05, 2020 - The Nike Phantom VSN 2 Future DNA Hypervenom brings classic Nike Football design to one of the brand’s latest on-pitch innovations.

Originally released in 2013, the Hypervenom was dropped in an iconic orange and black colorway with a skull and crossbones graphic to signal an attacking on-pitch style to defenders. The Phantom VSN 2 Future DNA Hypervenom channels the spirit of its predecessor with throwback colorways and is updated with texture placed exactly where control is needed — on the instep for trapping, and along the outside of the foot for creative dribbling and flicking passes. 

Additional modern updates on this classic boot include a flexible mesh layer inside the cleat that adjusts perfectly to your foot and stays snug, while the hidden lacing system tightens easily and evenly with one pull, then stays tucked away.

The boot is the debut release from Nike Football’s Future DNA series, in which Nike’s current performance boots each pay homage to a classic Nike Football design. 

The Nike Phantom VSN 2 Future DNA Hypervenom is available today on nike.com. 

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NikeCourt Readies Tech Challenge Revival

February 21, 2020 - Three decades on, and the Air Tech Challenge II still issues goosebumps to tennis and sneaker fans alike. Synonymous with the rebellious spirit of its most famous wearer, Andre Agassi, the shoe defined ’90s attitude on the court and introduced both an iconic tooling and an unmistakable upper pattern. The latter characterizes NikeCourt’s revival of the Tech Challenge — a new, Max-Air-equipped court shoe highlighted by those familiar vibrant graphics. 

A modified herringbone pattern provides the NikeCourt Tech Challenge 20 excellent traction. The aforementioned Max Air unit offers cushioning in the heel and helps create a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The medial side of the Air unit is hidden — helping to provide durability during slides — and ankle support is augmented by an asymmetrical collar. 

As in the original Air Tech Challenge II, the classic “Nike Air” logo appears on the heel. 

The NikeCourt Tech Challenge 20 releases February 26 for Nike Members and will be available February 29 on nike.com and through select retailers. 

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The Mercurial Dream Speed 2 Exemplifies the Speed of Light

February 19, 2020 - Everything about the second iteration of the Mercurial Dream Speed evokes its namesake. From the transition of colors representing the various frequencies of light (and their corresponding speed) to the numbers highlighted on the outlined Nike Swoosh (299,792,458 meters per second — or the speed of light), speed is the name of the game for the Mercurial Dream Speed 2.

The Nike Mercurial Dream Speed 2 drops February 20 on nike.com and will be debuted on pitch by Sam Kerr, Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nike By You

How to Get the Nike Air Max 90 Premium By You

February 17, 2020 - Remake the timeless Air Max 90 with a new Nike By You color palette inspired by ’90s-era print- and pattern-laden, crinkle-nylon apparel found in the Department of Nike Archives. In addition to upper graphics and speckled midsoles, translucent ’90s-era print outsole options and an Air Max logo are available to personalize.

The latest Nike By You offering drops February 24 on nike.com.

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Check Out the Air Max Bubble Pack

February 17, 2020 - Celebrating 30 years of the Air Max 90, Nike’s latest Air Max Pack ensures effervescence is in the air. The Air Max Bubble Pack derives its inspiration from bubble wrap — a play on Nike Air — employing a layered air bubble aesthetic for an iridescent effect. 

The latest Air Max offering drops February 29 on nike.com.

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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.

Nike Innovation 2020

The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT Accelerates Energy Return in Basketball

February 05, 2020 - For 2020, Nike Basketball is evolving the brand’s industry-leading work to improve energy return through footwear innovation. Ross Klein, Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball footwear, led a team on a mission to evolve Nike Air — our most efficient cushioning platform for energy return — and create the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT.

"The game and the athletes have evolved in this new era of basketball," says Klein. "We now have athletes that are 'positionless' and generate the values of all positions on court. Within the NBA alone these positionless athletes face a grueling journey, starting with the offseason training, then preseason, and into the 82-game season, playoffs, Finals. Fatigue is the enemy and endurance is the goal."

Staying fresh at the game’s critical, closing moments is key. With that in mind, the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT introduces a unified system of full-length Nike REACT foam, plate and Nike Air Zoom pods to provide basketball players at all levels with impact protection and energy return. 

"The shoe is similar to a car," says Klein. "There are many parts and pieces, each doing a very specific job, but working in unison."

The shoe’s three leading performance-driven benefits are outstanding energy return, optimized cushioning and strength. Specific innovations include:

  • Exposed Nike React foam under the heel provides a soft, responsive sensation
  • A thin plate positioned above the foam provides torsional rigidity
  • Two Air Zoom units positioned under the ball of the foot continually absorb an athlete’s energy and provide great responsiveness
  • The upper is a lightweight mesh with a tactile, textured print that provides support and durability where athletes need it
  • A plush foam tongue and padded collar with a notch to support the Achilles tendon provides a comfortable fit

The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT releases July 1.