January 06, 2021 - Since its inception in 1985, the Nike Dunk has united successive generations in defiant spirit. Whether symbolic of a basketball team, art movement or metal band, the opportunity for self-expression rooted in collective cultural identity has defined the model. In 2021, the Dunk's legacy continues with new colorways and, undoubtedly, new adventures.
The first three arrive in January for the Dunk Low — black/white, red/grey and sail/coast — and will bring new perspective to the Dunk's iconic color-blocking. The black/white comes in men, women and kid's sizes; red/grey in men and kid's sizes; sail/coast will be available exclusively in women's sizing. Release begins January 4 in Greater China, followed by a January 14 launch throughout Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In Europe, the red/grey and sail/coast colorways release January 14. The black/white will follow a week later, on January 21. The North America launch continues in spring 2021.
Additionally, the Dunk Low black/hyper cobalt releases February 11 in men and kid's sizes, alongside the sail/orange peel in women and kid's sizes. The Dunk High white/orange blaze comes March 5 in men, women and kid's sizes.
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July 17, 2020 - Originally released in 1979, the Nike Challenger — a contemporary of the more well-known Tailwind and Daybreak models — helped to redefine comfort and fit for runners with its innovative zigzag pattern, variable-width system and lacing. The silhouette returns for 2020, and is modeled after an original Challenger pattern order from Nike.
“We’ve been on a great journey with Waffle models for the past couple of years,” says Rory Fraser, Nike Senior Global Product Manager. “After re-releasing the Tailwind OG, Waffle Racer and Daybreak, we wanted to follow up with a model from the same era, but with a slightly different upper construction. The Challenger has more splits and panels, allowing us to play around with material and color in a slightly new way — and providing fans of the classics with something different to add to their closets.”
While the styling remains true to the original Challenger (note the strikingly effective combination of nylon, suede and mesh on the upper), the heel has been widened for a more comfortable fit. A red and blue colorway incorporates a yellow midsole to intentionally provide a heritage look and feel, and a cream and sail and a black and blue rendition serve as new colorways for the classic.
The Nike Challenger OG releases this summer on nike.com and the Nike App.
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July 14, 2020 - Front and center in the Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead is the band’s most lovable symbol, the dancing bears, which first appear on the back cover of the group’s 1973 LP "History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice)." Set in three colorways, the shoe playfully features bear-inspired detailing, such as a faux-fur and suede upper, a frayed Nike Swoosh mimicking the bears’ collars and an image of the bear on the tongue. (Another iconic Grateful Dead logo, the Steal Your Face skull, is printed on the underside of the sockliner.)
The community-rich bond among Dead Heads is even more inviting thanks to the band’s fun, furry ambassadors. While the bears may not have influenced the music itself, the man behind the bears — an enigmatic audio engineer nicknamed Bear, who helped develop the group’s Wall of Sound system as well as the cartoon symbol — certainly did, and his work brought a resounding impact to the Grateful Dead’s legacy, much like Nike SB founder Sandy Bodecker’s impact on the Dunk and skate culture.
"As the band’s benefactor, Bear was an incredibly huge part of the Grateful Dead’s ability to become who they were,” says David Lemieux, the band’s archivist and legacy manager. “They were talented musicians, but they would not have had the financial freedom to forgo jobs, move to Los Angeles and practice for 14 hours a day. The band wouldn’t become what it is today without Bear’s innovations and contributions. The same fiercely independent spirit from Bodecker helped create that authenticity within the skate community.”
The orange colorway [Not pictured] of the Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead releases July 18 at FTC. The yellow colorway releases July 24 on SNKRS and at select skate shops, while the green colorway releases on the same day at select skate shops.
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July 14, 2020 - With the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater, Converse's 100-plus-year-old classic firmly evolves in the pursuit of sustainability. Its design draws from Nike’s pioneering Space Hippie efforts, but does so with a unique constraint: preserve the DNA of the world’s most iconic sneaker.
The All Star has its non-negotiable aesthetic cues — the toe cap, the foxing tap and the pin stripe. Remaining true to the look and feel of traditional canvas, getting the height right and ensuring new patches reflect old values are critical to maintaining the shoe’s All Star-ness too.
Translating the Space Hippie design ethos to the silhouette required overcoming three key challenges: Applying Crater Foam to a Chuck shape, identifying a viable upper materials and radically rethinking the use of reinforcer materials.
More than 100 people collaborated to meet these challenges. Using in-situ design principles, their output included figuring out how Crater Foam, which expands differently than typical footwear foams, could be molded appropriately to meet Chuck specs. Converse also developed unique uppers that employ Morphlon blends, which feature recycled polyester and recycled post-industrial textile waste scraps and lend an emotional pull-through to traditional Chuck uppers. By reconceptualizing components fundamental to the construction of all Chucks, the Chuck Taylor All Star Crater also achieves an additive design language (note the new eyerow) with less material, and created a new lacing system as a byproduct.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater is part of NIKE, Inc.’s Move to Zero journey toward zero carbon and zero waste. In turning trash into a beautiful new articulation of the Chuck Taylor All Star, Converse achieves at least 40 percent recycled content by total weight marker, making it one of Converse’s most sustainable sneakers to date. The aesthetic, in all its perfectly-imperfect glory, also forms the basis for future Converse Renew collections, which will draft off of select materials.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater releases July 23 from converse.com.
July 14, 2020 - Jordan Brand’s Crater collection gives Move to Zero, NIKE, Inc.’s journey to a zero carbon and zero waste future, an unmistakable Jordan identity.
The Jordan Crater collection presents a radical expression of how to design with sustainability in mind. Embracing circular design principles, specifically in using leftover manufacturing waste, the shoes draw aesthetic energy from raw material authenticity.
Rendered in a common base of black and white, the Jordan Crater collection connects future-forward sustainable design practices with clean and minimalist craftsmanship. Ergonomic lasts, along with asymmetrical lacing and strapping, further the natural simplicity. The experimental footwear raises the bar for sustainable design for the Jordan Family and shows what is possible when solutions focus on lower impact materials to drive design.
The Air Jordan 1 Zoom High bridges Jordan heritage and the trash-transformed ethos. Applying circular design principles to a Jordan classic, the shoe is highlighted by some post-consumer speckled Nike Grind rubber in the foam outsole and incorporates recycled polyester (rPoly is created with recycled plastic bottles) in the synthetic suede upper, which gives the shoe timeless appeal, and its full-length Zoom Air cushioning adds responsive feel.
The collection’s namesake Crater Foam is a blend of Nike foams with about 12 percent Nike Grind rubber from manufacturing waste. Uppers are made from a canvas-like material, with reinforcements and webbings built from 80 to 100 percent mechanically-recycled polyester and 100 percent recycled nylon, respectively.
The Jordan Crater, the Jordan Crater Slide and Air Jordan 1 High Zoom arrive this Fall.
July 10, 2020 - The Air Force 1 is coming in two versions that celebrate East Coast and West Coast hoops.
The NY vs NY shoe, nodding to the tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s talent across the NYC boroughs, includes tongue patches recognizing famous courts in the city. The triple-white Los Angeles shoe represents the storied Drew League with tournament script and branding on the lateral heel area.
Both the NY vs NY and Drew League versions of the Air Force 1 release July 17 on nike.com and SNKRS in North America.
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July 02, 2020 - The Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 SE reduces layers of Russell Westbrook’s third performance model to help enable his dynamic, slashing style of play. Specifically, the midfoot strap is removed, the topline of the collar is cut lower and the textile upper was recreated to be lightweight and provide secure lockdown. A Zoom Air unit in the forefoot gives a responsive ride for end-to-end speed.
Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 Flash Crimson
Adorned in coral and violet sections, the Flash Crimson colorway releases July 2.
Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 SE Atomic Orange
Inspired by the bright colors of summertime, the Atomic Orange colorway releases July 15.
Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 SE Primary Colors
The raw, blueprint-like writing on the shoe draws from the red lining made by footwear designers during the pattern trial process. Each color represents a professional team that Westbrook has played for. The Primary Colors colorway releases September 17.
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June 30, 2020 - Influenced by Kelly Oubre Jr.'s unique personality, the Converse Soul Collection carries inspiring style and daring charisma. The graphics, which draw from Oubre Jr.'s passion for psychedelic rock, give new verve to the future-forward canvas of the Converse All Star Pro BB.
The Converse Soul Collection features two iterations of the All Star Pro BB — a hi and a low. The hi features a tie-dye graphic complemented by a smokey midsole and outsole. The low-top is hit with a wave graphic treatment, a nod to Oubre Jr.’s stylistic expression.
The Converse Soul Collection will be available at select retailers and converse.com/basketball July 2nd.
June 29, 2020 - The Jordan Brand Fall 2020 collection brings fresh design approaches to retro looks. Four iterations of the Air Jordan I and three women's-exclusive styles lead the latest from the Jumpman.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN I HI OG
An alternate twist on Jordan Brand’s 2019 Satin Black Toe colorway, this women’s-exclusive model employs a mix of satin, faux snakeskin and leather in timeless black and red color-blocking.
AIR JORDAN I RETRO HI OG CO.JP
Only available in Japan when first released in 2001, the Air Jordan I HI OG CO.JP returns in 2020 for a global launch. Metallic silver dominates the upper and is complemented by a silver Jumpman hangtag and special CO.JP sockliners. In Japan only, this iteration of the Air Jordan I will be sold in exclusive silver suitcases numbered 1 through 2,020.
AIR JORDAN I HI OG
Inspired by Japan’s fast-paced capital city, this Air Jordan I HI OG blends modern coloring with classic craftsmanship.
AIR JORDAN I RETRO HI OG
The fall 2020 edition of the Air Jordan I HI OG honors Jordan Brand’s heritage by using familiar colors in a new way: A white toe box is contrasted by gray and red leather overlays and a black Swoosh for a classic look.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN III RETRO
This women’s-exclusive Air Jordan III Retro has a white tumbled leather upper with hits of Laser Orange throughout the sockliner, eyelets and midsole. Incorporating iconic elephant print on the toe and heel, this iteration is completed by a Laser Orange Jumpman “Air” hangtag.
AIR JORDAN III
With an OG genuine leather upper, this Air Jordan III uses a raw denim-finished elephant print inspired by Japan on the heel, toe and eyestay. The model features a translucent Nike Air and Jumpman heel tabs and comes in special denim elephant-print packaging. An exclusive Japan-only model will include Japanese Nike Air branding on the heel tab.
AIR JORDAN V RETRO
Continuing the celebration of the Air Jordan V 30th anniversary, the fall 2020 iteration is dressed in an all-green premium suede upper with pops of yellow and a black reflective tongue. The model also includes the OG lace lock and translucent outsole and is completed by a woven jock tag on the heel.
WOMEN’S AIR JORDAN VI RETRO
Another women’s-exclusive model, this Air Jordan VI Retro employs a mixture of colors and materials, including transparent TPU on the midsole and pull tab, gray rubber on the tongue, black suede on the toe and vamp and a metallic Jumpman hangtag. Inspirational messages printed on the sockliner include “Be Kind,” “Embrace Uniqueness” and “Spread Love.”
AIR JORDAN XII RETRO
True to the OG, this Air Jordan XII has a genuine leather upper and the OG lizard pattern on the mudguard. The shoe, like the original, employs matte-finished metal eyelets, a translucent outsole with a carbon fiber shank plate and OG packaging.
AIR JORDAN XII RETRO
A second colorway spins the retro silhouette with a dyed indigo blue genuine leather upper, while the mudgaurd has the OG lizard pattern. The shoe features matte-finished metal eyelets with a carbon fiber shank plate and OG packaging.
AIR JORDAN XIII RETRO
This take on the Air Jordan XIII sits an OG genuine leather upper atop the iconic panther paw-like outsole. With a familiar holographic eye, carbon fiber shank plate and fresh reflective silver piping on the upper, this retro take comes complete with OG packaging.
AIR JORDAN XIV RETRO
With a fresh color scheme on the OG Air Jordan XIV model, this edition uses genuine leather for the upper and has a gloss-finished midsole, carbon fiber shank plate and OG packaging.
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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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