December 09, 2018 - Since its first haul (a Nike SB Dunk) in 2008, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Concepts has held a consistent line among its many ideas: the lobster. There have been a handful of Dunks to claw at it — blue at retail and an F&F yellow, as well as a few variations of the aesthetic on the KYRIE 4.
“Initially, I felt we shouldn’t touch the theme again. It was a moment. We celebrated it. We loved it," shares Concepts creative director Deon Point. "Ten years later, I'm in more Lobster conversations than I can believe. Kyrie and Jason Tatum are wearing versions on the court, Sue Bird in the WNBA, too. It's like this whole movement."
This month, the scheme returns to its original Dunk base but in a new purple makeup that adds fuel to the flame.
"I've probably researched lobsters more than Jacques Cousteau himself," says Point. "There's versions in color variations, depending on the depth of how far a lobster can go below sea level. And, theoretically, there are lobsters in colors that haven't been found yet."
Purple is one of those colors. But that hasn't stopped Point. While there isn't exact proof that there are purple lobsters floating around, if you mix blue and red — the colors of the Concepts' originals — one might just birth.
The Concepts x Nike SB Dunk Lobster releases December 14 at Concepts, December 15 at select retailers and December 17 via SNKRS.
December 07, 2018 - Basketball superstar Maya Moore and renowned stylist Aleali May come together to create a women’s-exclusive Air Jordan collection inclusive of their favorite Air Jordan silhouettes: the Court Lux Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan X.
Both shoes are made with premium suede and blocked in colors that take inspiration from Moore's favorite uniforms throughout her career. Finishing touches include a removable faux fur tongue on the AJI to represent May’s influence on high fashion, and Moore’s logo and favorite bible verse on the AJX.
The Maya Moore x Aleali May Court Lux Air Jordan I and Maya Moore x Aleali May Air Jordan X release on December 15 in select retailers globally and December 22 in select North America retailers and the SNKRS app globally.
December 07, 2018 - For A-COLD-WALL* designer, founder and creative director, Samuel Ross, Nike Flyleather represents new opportunity. The unique material, which is made with at least 50 percent recycled natural leather fiber, allows for an evolution of design thinking while deftly balancing natural tactile qualities with an important reduction in the planet’s carbon footprint. Both properties are on full display in Ross' Nike x A-COLD-WALL* Air Force 1.
"Flyleather is a vessel to refine an idea that was already quite strong," says Ross. "The technology behind it is also connected to the progression of my design practice, my label and, of course, my work on the Air Force. To produce a shoe that carries a sustainable narrative and talks to modern issues is a big thing."
That "big thing" is about bringing products up to speed with the globe’s contemporary needs. "When I first started collaborating with Nike, I had, like, 10 stocklists. So, sustainability felt like something that was a much bigger issue than my own business,” says Ross. “Now, we're at 130 stockists and our consumption rates do need to adjust. It has been brilliant to actually open up that conversation with Nike around clothing and footwear in order to take steps towards becoming more sustainable at A-COLD-WALL*."
The Nike x A-COLD-WALL* Air Force 1 launches December 9 in Shanghai. Subsequent releases follow December 21.
December 05, 2018 - A third collaboration between Nike and video game maker EA SPORTS yields an expressive version of the PhantomVSN — and with it, a testament to the passion footballers and millions of fans worldwide have for the digital version of the game.
The reflective graphic treatment on the boot’s upper is inspired by console controller buttons. The EA SPORTS logo appears on the boot’s tongue and shoebox.
The boot is available to wear within the video game and will be worn on the pitch by Kevin De Bruyne, Fran Kirby and Federico Bernardeschi.
The EA SPORTS X PhantomVSN will be available December 12.
December 03, 2018 - International brand and retailer CLOT’s Air Jordan XIII pays tribute to co-founder and creative director Edison Chen’s youth, which he spent between Canada and Hong Kong.
Chen chose to work on the Air Jordan XIII because it was his go-to during his high school basketball career — and remains a favorite shoe. To honor his Chinese heritage, he drew from a recent visit to Lintong county, Shaanxi province, where the Terracotta Warriors statues have remained for more than 2,000 years. To replicate the oxidation of that terracotta earthenware, the CLOT x Air Jordan XIII Low uses a Sepia Stone, Terra Blush and Canteen colorway. The design of the padded upper mirrors the armor worn by the Terracotta Warriors.
Subtle nods to MJ come through in the side panel, where dots on each tile appear in twos and threes. To finish it off, metallic gold CLOT and Jordan Brand logos appear on the tongue, heel and sole.
The CLOT x Air Jordan XIII Low releases exclusively at Innersect Shanghai, China, on December 8, followed by a global release December 13 at Juice Stores.
December 03, 2018 - The Nike Tech Trainer Russell Wilson, a special-edition training shoe for the quarterback, is designed to effortlessly flow between weightlifting and cross-training workouts. Wilson's "RW" logo appears on the tongue and the sockliner.
The Nike Tech Trainer RW releases December 3 on nike.com and at Nike Seattle, Nike Portland and select Nordstrom stores.
December 02, 2018 - The twelfth of Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame cleats for the 2018-19 season, these Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempos are inspired by the OG Air Max 95 "Neon" and feature white branding over a monochrome gray color pallette, with neon green laces.
These Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempos will be worn by OBJ during his December 3 home game versus Chicago.
SEE THE REST OF OBJ'S SPECIAL EDITION PREGAME CLEATS FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON
- Nike Tech Challenge II Cleat
- Nike Mercurial Cleat
- Nike Track Cleat
- Nike Kings of New York Cleat
- Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat
- Nike LEBRON Soldier XII Cleat
- Nike Swoosh Cleat
- Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo "Bright Lights" Cleat
- Nike Air Trainer I Cleat
- Nike Air Force 1 Utility Cleat
November 30, 2018 - These three new colorways of the Nike M2K Tekno give depth to tonality through a rich mixture of materials ranging from corduroy to textured rubber. All release December 1 on nike.com and at select retailers.