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The OG Air Jordan XI Low IE Is Back

June 17, 2021 - This fall’s Air Jordan retro preview is headlined by the return of the OG Air Jordan XI Low IE in red and black, a variation renowned for its seasonal adaptation through material updates — and for its appearance during the ’96 playoffs. Similarly, four women’s exclusive styles for this season feature revised color palettes and material choices for new, energized interpretations of classic models.

Air Jordan XI Low IE
A final chapter of the 25th anniversary of the Air Jordan XI, the OG black and red Air Jordan XI Low IE returns, re-engineered to the exact 1995 specs. The model features a genuine leather and mesh upper, molded sock liner and an exposed carbon fiber shank plate contrasted by the recognizable herringbone rubber outsole. The shoe arrives in OG packaging.

Women’s Air Jordan I Hi OG
Inspired by the calming colors of sage, this women’s exclusive style features soft, tumbled leather with premium nubuck overlays. Completing the look is a subtle, two-toned lace inspired by the string used to tie bundles of sage. The shoe also comes with a hangtag and two extra sets of laces.

Women’s Air Jordan IV
This women’s exclusive style takes inspiration from varying neutral shades of makeup. This model is highlighted by buttery soft nubuck overlays and burnished leather meant to age and sheen naturally with time. The shoe also features transparent TPU wings and lace locks and is topped off by metallic, electroplated Jumpman branding on the tongue, reminiscent of the mirrors used in makeup palettes.  

Women’s Air Jordan VI
Taking inspiration from gold earrings, this women’s exclusive adds interconnected gold hoops that are attached to the shoe’s Air Jordan VI lace toggle. Materials on this model include white medium grain tumbled leather with gold underlays, a semi-gloss lining and a milky-white translucent rubber outsole.

Women’s Air Jordan XIV Low
The women’s exclusive style features a color palette inspired by red lipstick. Materials like matte nubuck and suede leather provide the cosmetic base against metallic silver accents, while OG elements include the tongue and the laces with frosted-platinum aglets. The writing on the sockliner is modeled after strokes of lipstick; the shoe arrives in lipstick-stained tissue paper.

Air Jordan I HI OG
Employing a fresh, seasonal color scheme, this Air Jordan I HI OG features a genuine black leather upper with premium Pollen leather overlays and detailing atop a white midsole and a Pollen rubber outsole. The shoe comes with new packaging and will be available in full family and extended women's sizing.

Air Jordan I HI OG
This new take on the Air Jordan I HI OG involves crafted leather and nubuck overlays with hits of reflective silver throughout. With a perforated collar, this model can be customized both into a high or low top. Applying a fresh color scheme to both the shoe and packaging, this release comes in full family and extended sizing for women.

Air Jordan I HI OG
Another seasonal iteration of the Air Jordan I HI OG, this fall model uses an Electro Orange, black and white color scheme with updated color blocking. Made with premium, genuine leather, the shoe is highlighted by a metallic finish on the collar. The shoe also releases in full family and extended sizing for women.

Air Jordan III Retro
Applying a familiar color and color-blocking scheme, this Air Jordan III Retro comes with a subtle material twist. The shoe features premium leather and a new reflective material on the iconic elephant print on the heel and toe. This model, which will come in new packaging, releases in full-family sizing.

Air Jordan V Retro
This fresh spin on the Air Jordan V applies a mixture of materials from genuine leathers to exposed foam and textiles. The shoe’s collar, quarter panel and tongue bottom are layered with textile mesh, while the tongue maintains its OG reflective finish. The model is accented by black-tinted eyelets and a transparent lace lock and is completed by a matte-finished midsole and a muslin-tinted rubber outsole.  

Air Jordan VI
Continuing the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan VI, this new iteration of the Retro model is inspired by the iconic Air Jordan VII Bordeaux colorway. True to the Air Jordan VI’s original specs, this model employs a genuine nubuck upper with a Bordeaux-printed translucent tongue and sock liner. Coming in familiar packaging with a fresh color twist, this shoe releases in Men’s and GS sizing.

Air Jordan XII Retro
Putting a new, clean twist on the Air Jordan XII, this model applies hits of metallic red throughout an all-white upper and midsole. The shoe features genuine leather, complemented by the OG faux-lizard print mudguard. This offering comes with OG packaging and will release in full-family sizing.

Air Jordan XII
The model combines a Nike Grind outsole, made with at least 3% Nike Grind, with a ballistic mesh tongue. The shoe also applies genuine leather to the upper and suede to the midsole atop the faux-lizard print mudguard. The shoe releases in full-family sizing.

Air Jordan XIII Retro
This retro combines a familiar Obsidian colorway with classic, OG materials, true to form with a leather upper, textile tongue bottom and cat-eye hologram. This model arrives in OG packaging and in full-family sizing.

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The Air Max 90 Sees Uniquely Moscow Treatment

November 08, 2020 - As Nike continues to celebrate 30 years of the Air Max 90, the first Nike sneaker to be widely recognized in Russia sees its own city-inspired iteration, the Nike Air Max 90 Moscow, which celebrates the rich history and modern architecture of Russia’s capital.

The Nike Air Max 90 Moscow employs a Smoke Gray color scheme, which is an homage to local construction and the city’s fall sky. This is combined with Infrared and Lazer Blue elements (a nod to the shoe’s original color blockings) to reflect the city's night lights. The Nike Air Max 90 Moscow upper, made of classic leather and suede, also features reflective touches to signify the futuristic aesthetic of the skyscrapers that shifted the city's skyline.

“Speed” and “City,” found in Cyrillic on the heel and the sockliner, refer to the dynamic rhythm of the megalopolis. 

The shape of the Nike Air Max 90 Moscow is a 2020 recraft, featuring a sleeker, lower toe, and a pattern split of the original Swoosh shape on the medial side and a TPU underlay with the original logo shape. 

The Nike Air Max 90 Moscow releases November 14 at select retailers in Moscow and on the SNKRS and SNKRS apps.

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How to Get the Second G-DRAGON Nike Air Force 1 ‘Para-noise’

November 05, 2020 - One year ago, Seoul-born hip-hop star G-DRAGON released his first collaborative Nike Air Force 1 “Para-noise.” The shoe, built on the multifaceted artist's favorite silhouette, matched G-DRAGON's belief in creative exchange of ideas to a design fabricated to shift with the wearer. In 2020, the Nike Air Force 1 “Para-noise” reverses its color scheme to white, but retains its self-expressive character.

G-DRAGON views self-actualization as a way through challenging times, a mindset he calls “Youtopia.” In his shoe, as the white upper gives way to his painting, each wearer creates an individual aesthetic based on their unique journey.

“Even though everything is uncertain these days, we shouldn’t stop expressing ourselves as the way we are, and creating our own world,” says G-DRAGON. “With these footsteps being connected, we will find our utopia spreading in front of our eyes. I dream of every one of you expressing yourselves freely in the Youtopia that you create for yourselves.”

The Nike x G-DRAGON AF1 “Para-noise” releases globally November 25.

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Concepts’ Latest Nike Dunk SB Captures Eternal Camaraderie

October 30, 2020 - Cambridge-born, Boston-based Concepts has come a long way from its basement origins on Brattle Street. Founded in 1996, the store reached global consciousness in 2008 with the launch of its first Nike SB Dunk, the Lobster. The release introduced Concepts’ New England humor and knack for audacious packaging to the sneaker world. Tongue-in-cheek Dunk designs followed — eye rolls at Pig’s Flying, pokes at the notion of “Holy Grails” in sneakers and a trio of Ugly Sweaters. In 2020, Concepts’ eternal camaraderie hits full tilt with the TurDUNKen.
 
“We've definitely never taken ourselves too seriously. We’re well-versed in sport. We come from luxury,” says Concepts Creative Director Deon Point. “The thing with us that always gets overlooked is our sense of humor. We love to have fun.” 
 
Each shoe in the Concepts Dunk lineage has allowed the shop’s crew to relay its humorous side. The inside jokes, made public, are revealed on just one canvas — the Dunk. This grants the shoe a special place in Concepts’ history, and from the pageantry of the 2008 release to today, bringing a Dunk into the world has been reason for Concepts to flex creativity.
 
“I don't know if the Lobster would've hit the same way if we didn't put that extra effort in,” says Point. “We were a tiny little shop in the middle of nowhere, regardless of our heritage, and though Concepts starting earlier than most stores, we were still kind of nestled away and it was like an afterthought amongst the heavy hitters.”

Today, there’s no doubting Concepts’ foothold — thanks in part to a new Boston flagship location on Newbury Street — and the TurDUNKen carries on its strong tradition of over-the-top collaborative themes. 
 
The idea was formulated with an eye to the trifecta of food, football and friendship characterizing the holiday season. It has an origin story — the turducken, a Louisiana staple made nationally famous by football announcers — and it pulls through to serve as symbol of the community atmosphere driven by skate shops around the world. “We always have felt that a core element of skate shops is the family element,” says Point.
 
Conceptually, the product comes to life via a Nike Dri-FIT chicken foot sock, stuffed inside a duck-inspired Dunk, completed by turkey wrapping paper. Of course, it wouldn't be a Concepts Dunk without wild packaging too — the TurDUNKen comes in an oven-inspired box complete with holiday leftovers (including a family-dinner-themed turkey leg Nerf vortex football). 

With down-like quarter material and a laser-cut quarter replicating feathers, the design of the Dunk High (or, as the tongue label reads, “Duck High”) draws from the coloring of the mighty Mallard. A custom toile print decorates the collar lining and sockliner, and this is reprised within an associated apparel collection: a fleece bomber jacket, T-shirt and beanie. 

The Concepts x Nike SB Dunk High TurDUNKen launches November 14 at Concepts’ Boston and New York flagship stores, and at cncpts.com. Pairs of the Duck SB High will release November 20 at select skate retailers and November 21 on SNKRS. 

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October 30, 2020 - A clear-cut synergy exists between the Nike Phantom GT boot and the brand’s iconic 2002 advertisement, “Secret Tournament.” The style of football — filled with the era’s creative playmaking icons — set stage for the evolution of expressive, risk-taking footballers for whom the Phantom GT was designed. 

Launched in March 2002, the campaign centered on a fictional 8-team, 3-a-side tournament, first goal wins. All matches took place in an enclosed “cage” on a ship. Its timing coincided with international play in South Korea and Japan, and with local 3-a-side tournaments staged around the world. 

With the Phantom GT Scorpion, the generational link between “Secret Tournament” and boot materializes through a chrome upper and plate referencing the tournament’s ball, painted brush strokes mimicking the on-ship location and the yellow/black hazard stripes framing the goals. Additionally, a lateral scorpion graphic, featuring the phrases “Secret Tournament” and “Engineered For Skills,” updates the original scorpion logo.

The Nike Phantom GT Scorpion is available November 2 on nike.com.

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The Nike x sacai VaporWaffle Connects Generations of Running Innovation

October 29, 2020 - Debuted in January 2020, during sacai's Paris runway show, the Nike x sacai VaporWaffle bridges old and new by fusing two Nike silhouettes: the record-breaking Vaporfly and the 1983 Pegasus running shoe. Combined under Chitose Abe’s design approach, the hybrid shoe becomes an emblem of intergenerational sport innovation.

The Nike x sacai VaporWaffle releases globally beginning November 6.

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Air Evolves on the Nike Air Max Zephyr

October 29, 2020 - Originally hidden inside midsoles, then showcasing its full glory with Air Max 1, the Nike Air Max Zephyr imagines a future where “air’’ is everywhere — on a shoe at least. 

For ultimate all-over comfort and a lightweight, modern aesthetic, Nike Air migrates to surround the upper of the latest Nike Air Max silhouette, employing three Nike Air pods in the medial and lateral sides and tongue. 

The shoe is buoyed by a Nike 720 Air unit (the company's largest volume Air bag) for soft, responsive cushioning and comfort. A full-length Nike Cushlon midsole amplifies the comfort on the Max Air unit. 

The Nike Air Max Zephyr releases in men’s sizing November 12 on SNKRS, and releases in men's and kid's sizing December 2 on nike.com and the Nike App.

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Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid

October 19, 2020 - Debuted in March 2020 during the COMME des GARÇONS FW20 “Neo Future” show, the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid punctuates Rei Kawakubo’s embrace of the idea that it is not possible to make something completely new.

In “Neo Future,” Kawakubo chose to look within the world of COMME des GARÇONS for inspiration. With the Air Force 1 Mid, the designer similarly selected a beloved Nike classic that is revered for the unique place it holds in the sneaker canon. The two customized styles feature paneled cut-outs with raw edges on the shoe’s leather exterior and COMME des GARÇONS embossed on its proprioceptors belt. The textured effect is a new application for the AF1.

Offered in black and white, the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid is available in U.S. women’s sizes 6.5 to 14.5 and men’s sizes 5 to 13.

The Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid releases October 23 exclusively at COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market stores globally and online at DSM E-SHOPs. The initial offering will be followed by a release via select COMME des GARÇONS retailers.

To download hi-res images of the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid, click here.

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Catchy Styles Energize the Converse Basketball Holiday Collection

October 15, 2020 - The holiday lineup for Converse Basketball features new upper detailing and outsole combinations that cut through the court, giving players a mix of silhouettes to stand out and play with their own stylistic flair. 

Three colorway packs round out the holiday releases across the Converse All Star BB Evo, the Converse G4 and the Converse Pro Leather. The Hi-Vis collection adds neon, glow-in-the-dark detailing; the Polar Lights collection brings a cool palette inspired by the northern lights; and the Black Ice collection pairs matte-shine finishes with translucent outsoles.

Converse All Star BB EVO

Inspired by the Chuck Taylor All Star, the All Star BB Evo’s modern profile is highlighted through a range of bright details on the star-chevron branding; the Hi-Vis collection shows off gradients of yellow, purple and orange, while the Polar Lights version includes layered pops of green. Monochromatic black and white uppers serve as a clean base.

Converse G4

In these packs, the G4's collar heights dictate its color volume. The Hi-Vis pack offers a hi-top in white, with subtle branding and a gradually splattered midsole, while the low-top is flooded in yellow, with purple and teal accents. The Polar Lights pack features a black upper with paint-flecked hints throughout the heel counter, the forefoot rand and the star chevron. An icy-blue outsole rounds out the profile.

Converse Pro Leather

The timeless Pro Leather silhouette made famous by Julius “Dr.J” Irving adds neon detailing in Hi-Vis colorways like bright green, orange and coral. The Black Ice collection casts sophisticated styles in either black or white, complete with an ice-blue translucent outsole.

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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.