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Hit Trail (and Stream) in the Nike ACG Air Zoom AO

June 25, 2020 - What are the core characteristics of the ultimate summer hiker? This question lies at the heart of the Nike ACG Air Zoom AO, an amphibious go-anywhere shoe new for 2020. Consideration of adaptability, drainage, grip and more yield a composite design that takes inspiration from past Nike cult favorites and new performance solutions. 

For example, laces are concealed in a system similar to the Nike Phantom VNM football boot (here, the adapted covering helps to reduce snags on the trail rather than assist a clean ball strike). The sole unit takes lessons from the Nike Kukini 2003, and all its water-draining glory, and the Nike SFB Jungle boot for walking in creeks without getting water logged. Sticky rubber aids traction, and a hard rubber toe increases durability. Responsive cushioning comes via a Zoom Air unit in the heel. Quick-pull lacing and a bootie construction also support the amphibious functionality of the Nike ACG Air Zoom AO. 

It’s a fitting build for a shoe named after the Japanese word for the colors blue and green, representative equally of land and ocean. 

The Nike ACG Air Zoom AO beings its release July 9 on nike.com.

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February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Black on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Enamel Green on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 12, 2016 - The Nike Flyknit Racer returns in one of its original colorways: Blue Cactus, which celebrates Abdi Abdirahman, the first marathoner to qualify for the games in the shoe.

February 09, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in fierce purple/black/university gold.

February 08, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in white/wolf grey/black.

February 04, 2016 - The Michigan State University Spartans will add these special KOBE 11 Elite PEs to their rotation through March Madness.

February 03, 2016 - The University of Kentucky's special KOBE 11 Elite PEs will soon take to the court.

February 02, 2016 - Duke University will play upcoming games in these special KOBE 11 Elite PEs.

February 01, 2016 - These special KOBE 11 Elite PEs for University of Oregon extend the Ducks' footwear options leading into March Madness.