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A Ma Maniére Does the AF1 its Way

November 17, 2019 - For James Whitner, the common directive found on luxury clothing labels, “Hand Wash Cold,” is more than just an instruction for care. Whitner’s A Ma Maniére boutiques, in Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C., channel their namesake — which translates from French to "my way" — as ethos, a reminder to treat the things you care about with an unwavering respect. This materializes in the stores and the related community work and experience at each location, and also in the new Nike Air Force 1 A Ma Maniére “Hand Wash Cold.”

“The shoe tells a story of giving and giving back," says Whitner. “Everything luxury should be taken care of, and lives in communities are delicate.”

At A Ma Maniére there is emphasis on creating change in each location's adjacent community. For example, in D.C., where the boutique also houses a boutique hotel, support is granted to child homelessness causes. A restaurant highlights the Houston store, and the local beneficiary is a food bank. In each, Whitner wants to balance aspiration with action.  

“What we do is all about youth culture and experiences," he says. "You always have to connect with the kids. If you aren't, you are not rooted in the culture."

The Nike Air Force 1 has been a constant in Whitner’s rotation, understood for its duality as both an aspirational product and streetwear staple.

“The AF1 was our choice of shoe before we found luxury. We have to put a luxury expression on it, but do it in a way that feels uniquely ours. I wanted the shoe to look like it fits next to the brands in A Ma Maniére, but still feels natural and true to Air Force 1,” says Whitner.

A suede wrap to the midsole, along with other high-touch accents, makes the AF1 A Ma Maniére, the experiences Whitner promotes balanced in the silhouette's democratic base and its symbolic veneering. 

The AF1 A Ma Maniére releases in both high and low versions. Each respective pair is individually numbered (out of 5914 for the High and 5269 for the low), for, as Whitner notes, "transparency and collectablilty." Both high and low release December 7 at all A Ma Maniére locations and on SNKRS in North America.

The low will also be available at select stores in U.S. and Canada: Social Status, APB, Concepts, Bodega, Creme, Shoe Gallery, UNKNWN, Trophy Room, Politics, Xhibition, Corporate, Oneness, Rooted, Sole Classics, Undefeated, Bait, Darkside Initiative, Feature, Likelihood, Livestock, Xclucity and Haven.

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How to Get the Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated

December 12, 2019 - The Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated pays tribute to the runner's all-encompassing cultural cache — striking harmony between ’90s homage and exalted basic.  

Two premium leather color bases, white and black, provide a perfect backdrop for strong accent pops. Infrared, a hallmark Nike color initiated by the AM90, and a vibrant blue both capture the original spirit of the shoe. A double mudguard — a unique element made possible by the band of color — gives the Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated distinction from prior iterations of the Air Max 90. This feature references the supercross jackets popular in the ’90s New York hip-hop scene, which was a foundational influence on the Undefeated team.

Another defining characteristic: the replacement of the traditional "Nike Air" from the rubberized heel with the five-strike Undefeated mark.

All eight colorways (infrared/white, infrared/black, green/white, green/black, blue/white, blue/black, yellow/white, yellow/black) release December 27 at Undefeated. Toddler and preschool sizes will be available in red/black and yellow/white only.

The blue/black, blue/white, yellow/black and yellow/white colorways will release December 30 on SNKRS and SNEAKRS.

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This KD12 has DNA from Seven Former KD Aunt Pearl Colorways

December 11, 2019 - Kevin Durant shared a special bond with his late Aunt Pearl, who passed away from lung cancer in 2000. Beginning with the KD4 in 2012, Durant remembered Pearl’s influence in his life by teaming up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to create a pink colorway in Aunt Pearl’s name; it's now an annual tradition in the line. The shoes are further immortalized by pulling details from earlier KD Aunt Pearl colorways and incorporating them into the next iteration. Here are the inspirations behind the details of the KD12 Aunt Pearl:

  • The pearl graphic on the collar foam is drawn from the KD4
  • The sock liner graphic is from the KD5
  • The rose heel graphic is from the KD6
  • The strap is from the KD7
  • The heel embroidery is from the KD9
  • The material on the tongue, collar and Nike Swoosh is from the KD10
  • The outsole marbling is from the KD11

The KD12 Aunt Pearl releases globally December 26 on nike.com and at select retailers.

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The Latest Converse Pro Leather Celebrates a Basketball Legacy

December 11, 2019 - The Converse Pro Leather was first released in 1976, and during the 1980s, it was no stranger to competitive glory. The shoe was victorious on collegiate and professional stages, and Converse itself was an official sponsor of the United States’ national team during the period. 

The latest colorway of the Pro Leather celebrates this rich history with a classic white and navy color scheme. An egret suede eyerow and matching midsole add a subtle retro touch, and the classic Star Chevron is augmented by quintessential Pro Leather gold foil branding stamped on the lateral side of the shoe. An American flag sockliner honors the silhouette’s achievements. 

Available in both Hi and Ox versions, this colorway of the Converse Pro Leather launches December 11 at KITH and releases globally December 21. 

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Nike Golf x Seamus Air Zoom Victory Tour

December 09, 2019 - Nike is highlighting two Oregon-based companies — Seamus Golf, an accessory brand, and Pendleton Woolen Mills — in a variation of the Nike Golf Air Zoom Victory Tour. The outsole plate and sockliner draw from the jacquard woolen designs on the Seamus x Pendleton headcovers, a collaborative project between the two Pacific Northwest companies that began in 2015. The Pendleton wordmark adorns a tag on the lateral side.

The Nike Golf x Seamus Air Zoom Victory Tour releases December 12 on nike.com and at select retailers.

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The Converse All Star Pro BB "Nocturnal"

December 09, 2019 - The Converse All Star Pro BB "Nocturnal" adds a fresh twist to the brand's latest performance basketball shoe with the addition of a glow-in-the-dark sole unit. In vibe, it carries a cheeky nod to a previous holiday edition of an Eric Avar classic. In practice, the shoe also celebrates Converse's two-decades-long legacy of experimentation with phosphorescence.

Converse initiated glow-in-the-dark designs in 1987, when both uppers and outsoles of the Chuck were first illuminated. This was a step in the continued evolution of the icon — pushing beyond prints to augment the presence of the sneaker on the streets. Now, with the All Star Pro BB, the luminous look adds to the energetic statements made on the shoe's upper since the silhouette's debut in April.

The Converse All Star Pro BB "Nocturnal" releases December 12 in China and December 15 in North America.

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Pawsitively Fierce: OBJ's Week 14 Cleats for a Cause

December 08, 2019 - Week 14 of the 2019 pro football season brings another edition to Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame warmup cleats: a playful take on the wide receiver's support of an animal rescue shelter in Cleveland. 

OBJ's cleats take the field December 8 ahead of the Cleveland Browns' away game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and will also be worn in game. 

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Nike SB x Oski Drop Orange Label Collection

December 04, 2019 - Nike SB has teamed up with Oskar Rozenberg-Hallberg, better known as Oski, to introduce the skater’s first Orange Label Collection. Weaving a Swoosh shark design throughout the shoes and apparel, Oski intentionally employs the king of the ocean as a representation of mastering any skill. 

“I’ve always been intimidated of sharks,” says Oski. “They look so brutal and they move so skillfully through the water. They are the kings of their environment in my eyes. One of my favorite animals and just really iconic looking. I feel like if you can do anything as effortless as a [shark] can swim, you’re doing it right.”

The Nike SB Oski Orange Label Blazer and apparel, including a jacket, hoodie, top and T-shirt, launch December 14 and the Nike SB Oski Orange Label Dunk launches December 21. The collection is available globally at local skate shops. 

December 03, 2019 - Originally released exclusively in Japan in 2002, the Nike Dunk Low Pro B Viotech made waves beyond its initial locale. In fact, the vibrant color scheme, rich materials and instant recognition made the shoe one of the premier Dunk colorways of its era — a defining icon of the burgeoning streetwear scene and a must-have for the sneaker cognoscenti. A reissue in 2013 (with minor color and badging updates) reaffirmed the Viotech legend. 

For 2019, the Nike Dunk Low Viotech follows the same color specs as its antecedents and employs the original woven tag on the tongue. The heel features “NIKE” in black stitching, faithful to the 2002 version. 

The Nike Dunk Low Viotech releases December 10 on Nike SNKRS and SNEAKERS, and at NikeLab locations and select retailers.

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Commemorative Boots for Megan Rapinoe

December 02, 2019 - In recognition of Megan Rapinoe’s most recent accolade, and in a year of massive achievements, Nike presents commemorative boots made specially for her.

The pink and gold colorway draws inspiration from Rapinoe’s signature hair color and the trophies she has won. Her first and last name appear prominently on the lateral sides of the boot, with “Just Do It’ on the medial side. The heel counter and sockliner carry the four stars Rapinoe and her American teammates proudly sport on their national team jerseys.

One-of-a-kind boots for a one-of-a-kind player, this special edition will not be sold at retail.