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Jordan Brand Spring 2021 Retro Releases

November 16, 2020 - Jordan Brand opens the new year with its Spring 2021 Retro Footwear Collection. The assortment introduces three new women’s exclusives (including the first women’s iteration of the Air Jordan IX) and fresh iterations of the Air Jordan I, IV and V, amongst others. 

Women’s Air Jordan IX
This exclusive model marks the first time Jordan Brand has introduced the Air Jordan IX to its women’s line. The Air Jordan IX, which was originally released during MJ’s first retirement from basketball, tells an international story that uses the shoes’ outsoles as its canvas. Through distinct global graphics and words in different languages, the shoe illustrates MJ’s impact and influence around the world. That sentiment lives on today, evidenced in this women’s exclusive model which features the phrase “Change the World” on the heel loop. The shoe also employs unique color schemes on both shoes using vegetable-tanned materials and natural plant-based dyes. 

Women’s Air Jordan I HI OG
This women’s release offers a twist on the Air Jordan I Gold Toe, switching out the patent gold from that model for “crinkle” silver — inspired by space innovation and the future of flight. The shoe’s color blocking balances genuine black leather overlays on the toe, tongue and collar, a white quarter panel and midsole, and crinkle silver details on the ankle, heel and toe box. This model comes in extended sizing (women's 5 up to women’s 16.5/ men's 3.5 up to men’s 15).

Air Jordan I Retro HI OG
Familiar colors applied with a fresh color-blocking scheme characterize this Air Jordan I Retro HI OG. The shoe brings genuine University Blue leather to the ankle, heel, toe and outsole, black on the Swoosh and collar and contrasts it with a white quarter panel, midsole, tongue and toe box. A black Wings logo with University Blue branding on the tongue finish off the model’s clean and classic detailing. 

Air Jordan I Retro HI OG
This new take on the classic Air Jordan I Retro HI OG takes inspiration from various design cues used in previous Air Jordan I models. Foldable eyelet-flaps, exposed foam on the tongue with a reversed tongue tag and tri-tonal color-blocking of Volt, University Gold and Sail simultaneously pay homage to iterations of the past while creating a new execution of the model. 

Air Jordan III Retro
Re-releasing for the first time since 2007, this Air Jordan III Retro returns with true-to-form coloring and upgraded materials. With hits of Sport Red and Orange Peel on the tongue, eyelets, Air bag and heel tab, the upgraded construction features a genuine leather upper, matte-finished midsole and elephant print overlays on the forefoot and heel. This retro arrives in a full family offering. 

Women’s Air Jordan IV
Another women’s exclusive, inspiration from space exploration showcases the strength and beauty of the technical materials used in spacesuits across this Air Jordan IV. The upper is made of a black and Starfish Orange metallic mesh and is complemented by matte TPU heel tabs and wings. Black mesh netting on the quarter panel and tongue bottom lead up to a raw-edge construction on the tongue upper exposing the foam material underneath. Hits of orange on the toe and heel of the rubber outsole complete the look. 

Air Jordan IV Retro
With University Blue genuine suede leather upper, this new rendition of the Air Jordan IV combines premium materials with a classic Jumpman color scheme. The shoe’s construction features OG mesh netting on the quarter panel and tongue bottom with recognizable cement splatter on the midsole, heel tabs and wings and is completed by a woven jock tag on the tongue. This model comes in new packaging and is available in men’s and grade school sizing. 

Air Jordan V Retro
An evolution of the Air Jordan V Stealth, which originally released in 2006, this model puts a fresh twist on the familiar colorway. An all-white genuine leather upper with the OG silver reflective tongue are accented by black on the midsole with a blue splatter finish and blue on the lace toggle and sockliner. The shoe, which comes with new packaging, releases in full family sizing. 

Air Jordan V Retro
Celebrating the iconic textural elements of the Air Jordan V in new places, this reconstructed and reconfigured iteration sees the OG reflective material typically found on the tongue upper now on the quarter panel and tongue bottom. This installment, releasing in men’s and grade school sizing, mixes suede leather, textiles and translucence in new ways while also maintaining OG details like the hallmark “23” branding on the heel and splatter finish on the midsole. 

Air Jordan IX Retro
Taking a more subtle approach to the Air Jordan IX, this rendition pairs subdued tones of black and charcoal on genuine nubuck leather with pops of University Gold throughout the sockliner and branding on the midsole, tongue and heel. The model maintains an OG construction and is available in a full family offering.

Air Jordan XIII Retro
Incorporating classic Starfish Orange — a color rooted in recent Jordan Brand history — this take on the Air Jordan XIII sits an OG genuine quilted leather upper atop the familiar panther paw-like outsole. Complete with the holographic cat’s eye along with a carbon fiber shank plate, this retro comes with OG packaging and releases in full family sizing. 

Models from the Jordan Brand Spring 2021 Retro Collection will be available in January on SNKRS.

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Converse and UNION Celebrate Sheila Bridges’ Scenes of Harlem in Latest Collection

October 01, 2020 - Sheila Bridges, a New York-based interior designer known for her distinct furnishing approach, is featured in Converse’s latest collaboration with UNION – a store synonymous with elevated, contemporary fashion and its decades-long mission to support diverse creatives. 

Seeing interiors as a means of visual storytelling, Bridges’ most notable visual, the Harlem Toile, is featured for the first time on footwear with the Chuck Taylor All Star – a favorite silhouette of Bridges'. 

A toile — short for “toile de Jouy” — is a printed material with a floral, figure or landscape design, typically seen in upholstery. Illustrating scenes of her experience of African American culture in her hometown by way of the French toile, Bridges’ Harlem Toile image (now preserved at The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's permanent wallpaper collection) was born out of a desire to design a pattern that spoke to her personally. 

“I didn’t ever see myself represented in any of the designs,” says Bridges, “so, I created my own.” 

Exhibiting a duality of expression, the toile plays on African-American stereotypes while also celebrating African-American culture — taking the viewer through scenes of subjects jumping rope, playing basketball, dancing and having picnics, all in 18th-century attire.  

The iconic upper of the Chuck Taylor serves as base for Bridges’ design. Printed against a white canvas upper, the Chuck Taylor’s paneling allows each scene to play out across the silhouette. The collection has apparel and accessories, featuring a pullover hoodie and bucket hat adorned with an allover print of the Harlem Toile. 

“It’s that indelibly designed shoe,” says UNION owner and operator Chris Gibbs. “It’s that cool shoe. It’s the perfect canvas for intricate stories via print graphics.”

Converse x UNION introduce the Chuck Taylor All Star capsule as part of Converse’s ongoing commitment to support Black creatives by amplifying their voices. 

The Converse x UNION Chuck Taylor All Star, pullover hoodie and bucket hat, each featuring Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile, is available October 13 at converse.com and select retailers.

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Seasonal Modification Marks the ISPA Drifter Gator

October 01, 2020 - Nike ISPA advances its baseline — adaptable footwear for the built environment — with a seasonal update to the Nike ISPA Drifter. Similar to the VaporMax FK Gator, the Nike ISPA Drifter Gator presents a “ready anytime” response to shifting weather. However, the application of protective elements is advanced, and the gator is integrated seamlessly within the shoe upper. 

In this articulation, the gator deploys like a parachute. Wrapped around the leg, the gator forms a near weightless, protective layer to guard against the foes of winter cycling and on-foot commuting: dirt, splashes, rain. Once you arrive safely inside, pack the gator back up and proceed. 

The sole, as on the original Drifter, is built with a lightweight, supple foam compound that includes regrind Nike ZoomX foam — a key component of Nike’s fast marathon shoes. The shoe's upper shifts from a split toe design to a hearty full toe form to provide stability and prevent abrasion.

The Nike ISPA Drifter Gator releases October 8 at Nike.com, SNKRS and select Nike retailers.

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Sustainable Innovation Elevates an Icon

September 28, 2020 - Featuring a Nike Crater Foam midsole (a blend of standard Nike foams and 11 percent Nike Grind Rubber), the latest iteration of the Nike Air Force 1 reinterprets the shoe’s classic aesthetic using sustainable innovation without sacrificing iconic style. The Nike Air Force 1's classic vamp is reimagined, revealing a recycled foam backer created with 20 percent recycled TPU. The remainder of the upper is built from 24 percent PU recycled synthetic leather, while the venerable outsole stars are highlighted like never before thanks to the speckled 15 percent recycled Nike Grind outsole. 

Bringing design with sustainability in mind to an everyday sneaker staple, the Nike Air Force 1 Crater helps progress Nike’s Move to Zero effort. 

The Nike Air Force 1 Crater releases October 1 at nike.com, SNKRS and the Nike App.

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This Women's Waffle Racer Crater Champions Sustainable Innovation

September 28, 2020 - The Nike Waffle Racer Crater blends a timeless Nike innovation, waffle outsole, with sustainable innovation. The shoe takes notes from the Nike Space Hippie's exploratory process and its aesthetic to create an iteration that features a full-length Nike Grind outsole — made with 15 percent Nike Grind rubber — coupled with a Crater Foam midsole that is a blend of virgin foams and 11 percent Nike Grind rubber. The 100 percent recycled polyester upper is constructed with an expressive zigzag stitching instead of glued seams.

This Waffle Racer Crater joins other recent innovations in Nike’s Move to Zero effort toward zero carbon and zero waste to help protect the future of sport. 

The Nike Women’s Waffle Racer Crater releases October 1 at nike.com and on the Nike App.

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Jordan Brand Holiday Retro Releases

September 23, 2020 - The Jordan Brand Holiday 2020 Retro Footwear Collection combines rich history with high-tech construction to boldly connect the past to the future. Four iterations of the Air Jordan I and multiple women’s-exclusive styles are among the highlights.  

Air Jordan I Retro HI OG CO.JP 
First released in 2001, accompanying the Metallic Silver Air Jordan I HI OG CO.JP, the Midnight Navy colorway returns for a global release. One of the first HI OGs to use Navy coloring, this model was popular with skateboarders and worn by Nike SB athletes when Nike SB first formed in the early 2000s. The shoe features a metallic silver Swoosh and a jewel-finished Wings logo, and releases in full family sizing. 

Women’s Air Jordan I HI OG  
Inspired by MJ’s iconic 63-point playoff game in Boston in 1986, the Women’s Air Jordan I HI OG focuses on progress, not perfection. The shoe flaunts a raw construction with unstitched eyelets and rich, genuine matted Lucky Green leather. The shoe, which comes in full family sizing, also features a parquet floor-inspired insole reminiscent of the old Boston court. 

Air Jordan I Retro HI OG
This Air Jordan I HI OG employs a new twist on a familiar color scheme: Dark Mocha. A colorway with rich history in the Jordan Brand, the crisp color blocking on genuine nubuck leather gives this model a clean and classic look. The shoe comes in men’s and grade school sizing.

Air Jordan I Retro HI OG
Straight from the vault, this HI OG takes inspiration from an elusive Friends and Family Air Jordan I in the 1980s that later came to life in 2003 as an Air Jordan I Mid. At the time, that Mid was amongst the first patent leather Air Jordan Is released from Jordan Brand. An OG satin woven label and glossy black and gold patent leather cover the model from heel to toe. It will be available in men’s and grade school sizing. 

Air Jordan III Retro
Releasing outside of North America, this take on the Air Jordan III employs a black genuine leather upper with accents of purple and orange on the midsole, ankle and tongue. Gray cement elephant print finishes the look. 

Air Jordan IV Retro
The classic returns with OG color blocking, shape and details loyal to its original 1989 specs. The shoe comes with a Nike Air hangtag and OG packaging and releases in full family sizing. 

Air Jordan IV
Dressed in a combination of canvas and twill materials assembled in quilt-like patchwork fashion, this take on the Air Jordan IV features beautiful prints and textures inspired by Japanese craftwork and design. The model releases outside of North America.

Air Jordan V What The
Continuing the celebration of the Air Jordan V’s 30-year anniversary, this “What The” edition of the iconic model mixes a variety of the silhouette’s past non-OG colorways and material plays including the Jordan V “Tokyo,” “Raging Bull,” “Green Bean,” “Army Olive” and “Quai 54,” among others. The shoes are completed by embroidered logos from the “Shanghai” and “Tokyo” colorways. The model releases in men’s and grade school sizing.

Women’s Air Jordan VIII
This Women’s Air Jordan VIII features the iconic chenille fabric patch on the tongue, smooth premium and suede leather, and is draped in rich Burgundy, a color deeply rooted in Jordan Brand history. 

Air Jordan XII Retro
Flipping the iconic black and red colors of the OG, this take on the Air Jordan XII puts a subtle color twist on the classic model. The shoe features a genuine red suede upper, an OG faux lizard-print mudguard, a woven label and is topped off with matte chrome finishes on the eyelets. The shoe also comes in OG packaging and releases in full family sizing. 

Air Jordan XII Retro
Another fresh spin on a classic model, this Air Jordan XII combines iconic Concord purple, a color rich in Jumpman history, with a genuine black suede upper. The model comes with an OG faux lizard-print mudguard, chrome finished eyelets and a woven label. The shoe releases in men’s and grade school sizing.

Air Jordan XIII Retro
This refreshed take on the Air Jordan XIII employs a black reflective textile upper with Hyper Royal accents and detailing. With a microfiber tongue and familiar holographic eye, this model comes with OG packaging and releases in full family sizing.

The Jordan Brand Retro Collection will be available this fall on SNKRS.

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Editor's Note: Earlier imagery of the Air Jordan IV Retro has been updated to reflect true coloring.

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Slam Jam Brings a Subtle Rebelliousness to the Dunk

September 21, 2020 - An upside-down Nike logo appears prominently on the tongue of the Nike Slam Jam Dunk. The modification reflects the Italian powerhouse's subversive nature, and what has made it a leader in street culture for more than 30 years. 

Since its founding in 1989, Slam Jam has been dedicated to what it calls the “global underground.” Explicitly, its stores in the Ferrara headquarters and Milan are a conduit for the varied outputs of multiple subcultures, materialized in clothing but defined by a rebellious attitude. 

For owner Luca Benini, the Nike Dunk fits naturally in the Slam Jam ethos. “​​I remember one of my first contacts with the Dunk happened thanks to the Air Jordan I when they came out in 1985. I then discovered its inspirational role,” says Benini.

The Dunk's debut coincided with the now iconic “Be True to Your School” advertising campaign. It became a cult favorite of skateboarders and, later, vintage sneaker collectors. By the late ’90s, the Dunk was worn by people in the club, graffiti, skateboarding and fashion scenes, becoming standard uniform in the burgeoning streetwear community.

“The Dunk had a strong impact for sure, acting as one of those elements helping global connections to shape and develop the now-called street culture,” says Benini.

Slam Jam's Dunk follows the shoe's history as both a team shoe and a catalyst for design experimentation. The subversive tone of the upside-down Swoosh is reinforced by transparent, gummy Swooshes that touch at the heel in a unique branding element. Translucent soles tie naturally to the material makeup, and a playful reinterpretation of the Dunk's traditional perforation adds a subtle new ingredient. 

“This Dunk expresses the values of simplicity and the attention to innovative details, which alongside our rebel attitude, define the Slam Jam DNA,” says Benini of the design.

The Nike Dunk Slam Jam in light gray releases October 3 exclusively across Slam Jam doors, via raffle at slamjam.com and on SNKRS. The black colorway releases October 30 at select retailers worldwide.

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Jordan Spizike 270 Boot Debuts with the Holiday 2020 Jordan Brand Modern Offering

September 18, 2020 - The Jordan Brand Holiday 2020 modern collection blends Jumpman heritage with futuristic design. Three silhouettes are featured: Jordan Spizike 270 Boot, Jordan Delta and Jordan Zoom ’92. 

Jordan Spizike 270 Boot
Combining elements from various Air Jordan models, the Spizike 270 Boot infuses Jumpman heritage with modern comfort and utility. A Nike Air Max 270 Air bag provides all-day comfort and winterized materials allow for uncompromised outdoor use. Four seasonal color pairings, which accentuate the durable construction, are offered as the silhouette’s initial drop: lighter tans and browns accented with touches of black and red, dark brown tones, triple black and a Nike ACG-inspired iteration with bright pops of color on a gray base. 

Jordan Delta
Blending high-end craftsmanship with high-tech construction, the Jordan Delta is offered in two men’s colorways this winter. One is inspired by the bold colors of Nike ACG, while the second is an alternate take on Jordan Brand’s timeless black and red colorway using various hues of gray with Bright Crimson and white. Two Women’s Delta iterations also release this holiday season: a Guava Ice and Sail and a Hyper Royal, Bright Crimson and Sail.

Jordan Zoom ’92
A blend of tradition and innovation, Jordan Brand’s Zoom ’92 is back this winter with six fresh takes that weave visible, modern technology and graphic design to create a remixed basketball-inspired silhouette. Three men’s colorways drop this winter alongside three women’s exclusives (one of which is inspired by the original Nike Air Max 180). 

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The Jordan “Why Not?” x Converse Pack

September 10, 2020 - The Jordan “Why Not?” x Converse Pack treats two of Russell Westbrook’s favorite silhouettes – the Air Jordan XVI and the Converse Chuck 70 – in a graphic and materials arrangement inspired by his gritty play on the court as well as chain nets found on outdoor basketball courts.  

In addition to Westbrook’s energy on the court, his unmatched style has no boundaries. The Air Jordan XVI features a detachable, magnetic shroud that can instantly transform the shoe’s look.

The Air Jordan XVI and the Converse Chuck 70 feature a range of textures, from leather to satin, that nod back to rock and roll-styled leather jackets that Westbrook enjoys wearing. Studs that resemble those on leather jackets adorn the lateral side of the shroud of the Air Jordan XVI as well as the heel and the chevron star of the Converse Chuck 70. A crackled leather upper on the Converse Chuck 70 is meant to resemble the concrete foundations of street basketball. Westbrook's “Why Not?” Logo is featured on both silhouettes in silver metal.

The Jordan “Why Not?” x Converse pack releases October 2 on SNKRS and SNEAKRS.

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Going Grape Ice on the Links

September 07, 2020 - As the golf community turns its attention to Mamaroneck, N.Y., this NIKE, Inc. Golf capsule playfully puts a grape-ice spin on two classic silhouettes — the Air Jordan V G and the Air Max 97 G, both featured above — as well as the Zoom Infinity Tour, the Victory Tour and the Roshe Tour G.

Featuring a winged foot graphic interpreted from the site of this month's major, the Nike silhouettes include a grape-ice inspired palette of cool blues across the outsoles and inside the heel lining. The stripes reference the famous awning of the site's clubhouse, providing the backdrop for the final hole. The outsole of the Air Jordan V G includes “Wings” in oversized block lettering.

The Air Max 97 G, the Zoom Infinity Tour, the Victory Tour and the Roshe Tour G launch September 14 for Nike Members and September 17 in North America. The Air Jordan V Low G releases September 18 in North America.

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