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The Story Behind the Nike x Dunk Kasina Low

September 06, 2020 - Founded in 1997 by former pro skateboarder EunHyuk Lee, Kasina is renowned as a catalyst for street fashion in South Korea. Collaborating with Nike on the Dunk, Kasina relays its story — from humble beginnings in Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, to opening multiple doors in the country's capital megalopolis, Seoul. 

The two colorways of the Dunk Kasina both reference travel through Korea. The Neptune green colorway explicitly pulls from the signage that lines the Gyeongbu Expressway, the main highway between Busan and Seoul. During the mid-’80s, the same period the Dunk was introduced, Seoul experienced a population boom. This growth, symbolized by travel across Korea's highways, underpins the Kasina journey. “Busan” and “Seoul” are written on the left and right heel tabs respectively. 

Similarly, the industrial blue colorway draws inspiration from ’80s Korean transport. It mirrors the look and feel of Seoul's vintage buses, down to a unique hangtag that reimagines the steering wheel.

“Kasina” is written on the tongue of both shoes, and its logo appears embroidered on the heel and inside the tongue tag. Additionally, both shoes are packaged with custom tissue prints inspired by roadsigns to round out the story.   

The Dunk Kasina in Neptune green releases September 18 exclusively at Kasina. The industrial blue colorway is available September 25 at Kasina and Nike SKNRS in Asia.

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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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Nike Innovation 2020

Release Info for the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT

June 22, 2020 - For 2020, Nike Basketball is evolving the brand’s industry-leading work to improve energy return through footwear innovation. Ross Klein, Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball footwear, led a team on a mission to evolve Nike Air — our most efficient cushioning platform for energy return — and create the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT.

"The game and the athletes have evolved in this new era of basketball," says Klein. "We now have athletes that are 'positionless' and generate the values of all positions on court. Within the NBA alone these positionless athletes face a grueling journey, starting with the offseason training, then preseason, and into the 82-game season, playoffs, Finals. Fatigue is the enemy and endurance is the goal."

Staying fresh at the game’s critical, closing moments is key. With that in mind, the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT introduces a unified system of full-length Nike REACT foam, plate and Nike Air Zoom pods to provide basketball players at all levels with impact protection and energy return. 

"The shoe is similar to a car," says Klein. "There are many parts and pieces, each doing a very specific job, but working in unison."

The shoe’s three leading performance-driven benefits are outstanding energy return, optimized cushioning and strength. Specific innovations include:

  • Exposed Nike React foam under the heel provides a soft, responsive sensation
  • A thin plate positioned above the foam provides torsional rigidity
  • Two Air Zoom units positioned under the ball of the foot continually absorb an athlete’s energy and provide great responsiveness
  • The upper is a lightweight mesh with a tactile, textured print that provides support and durability where athletes need it
  • A plush foam tongue and padded collar with a notch to support the Achilles tendon provides a comfortable fit

Updated 9:00 AM PST, June 22:

The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT releases in the black and green ‘Dangerous’ colorway July 2 in Greater China and July 25 in North America. The white ‘Rawthentic’ colorway releases in North America in September.

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The Converse Solstice Collection

June 17, 2020 - Converse’s performance basketball silhouettes, the All Star Pro BB and G4, are given a summer-ready refresh with the Solstice Collection. The G4 comes in two low top expressions:  Amethyst Grey and Photon Dust, symbolizing daytime play, and all-over black, with a hit of solar red on the ankle reflecting play at night. The All Star Pro BB comes in low and mid-top versions, both featuring unique blocking highlighted by use of University Blue.
 
The Converse Solstice collection is now available at converse.com/basketball.

June 09, 2020 - Space Hippie, Nike’s exploratory footwear collection constructed with “space junk” — transformed factory and post-consumer waste — marries sustainable practices and radical design. Each of the four Space Hippie silhouettes provide a unique aesthetic and fit — including traditional laces and laceless designs. The manufacturing, which employs about 85 to 90 percent recycled polyester Space Waste Yarn, recycled Nike ZoomX foam and Crater Foam (a blend of standard Nike foams and Nike Grind Rubber), results in a radical design with a low carbon footprint. 

Updated 12:15 PM PST, June 9:

Space Hippie 01, 02, 03 and 04 launch June 11 on SNKRS and SNEAKERS apps, select Nike doors and retailers. In North America, Space Hippie 01, 02, 03 and 04 release July 3.

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To learn more about Nike’s Move to Zero initiative, follow "Sustainability" in the Nike App and learn more about sustainable design at purpose.nike.com.

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Here's the Release Info for the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

May 29, 2020 - The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is a pinnacle expression of running footwear designed to help athletes break barriers. Combining Nike ZoomX cushioning with Nike Zoom Air pods in the forefoot and a full-length carbon fiber plate (click here to learn more about what went into the design), the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is engineered to the specifications of world-class runners as they challenge records and move the needle of human potential forward

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is available in black, lime blast and valerian blue for members beginning June 2, with full retail availability beginning July 2.

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Breaking Down the Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails”

May 22, 2020 - With the Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails,” design allows for imaginative time travel. A ’90s attitude come through in trail tans and ACG color pops and gives the shoe a vintage appeal, while the well-worn look conveys a back-from-the-future sensibility. 

The color schemes also connect to Scott’s own affinity for vintage apparel. Material selection, including a polar fleece collar, further relays an outdoor connection, while oxidation of the upper, midsole and Air unit, achieved through a tint Sulphur dye, helps celebrate the beauty of a well-loved object’s patina. Additional details include a custom tongue-tab, lace-lock and an extra Swoosh on the toe.

The Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails” releases May 29 in adult, preschool and toddler versions. The latter two introduce a unique take on the design, complete with reverse Swoosh, just for kids, a first in Nike x Travis Scott collaborations.

Additionally, an apparel collection including a hoodie, sweatpants and T-shirt extend Scott’s interest in uniting sportswear comfort with utilitarian multi-pocket function. Download hi-res images here

More information is available on cactustrailstradingco.com. See below for official retailers.

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The Latest AF1 PRM and AM90 PRM Change With Your Movement

May 21, 2020 - Integrating a brush-off leather upper, the Air Force 1 PRM and Air Max 90 PRM are inspired by fanatics who root for their favorite clubs from anywhere. Team colors transform from home to away (and vice versa) based upon the unique wear patterns of the wearer.

Both silhouettes come in three colors and incorporate compasses on the tongues and hang tags. Jewel Swooshes are featured too; the pack marks the second time that an Air Max 90 has had one (they first appeared in the BSMNT Air Max 90 FA19 City Pack). 

The Air Force 1 PRM and Air Max 90 PRM release June 6 on nike.com, the Nike App and select retailers.

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The Converse x Carhartt WIP Renew Chuck 70 Uses Upcycled Work Fabrics

May 21, 2020 - Expanding the Converse Renew program, the Converse x Carhartt WIP Renew Chuck 70 uses single-source upcycled textiles from the famed work garment brand.

One thousand pre-owned canvas Carhartt work jackets, trousers and overalls, sourced from UK–based fashion and vintage retailer, Beyond Retro, were sorted into three color ranges and then cut to create individual Chuck 70 shoe panels. 

The tri-panel execution on each pair highlights stitching details characteristic of the Carhartt WIP brand. Including the Converse x Carhartt WIP Renew Chuck 70, the Converse Renew program has diverted more than 108,000 textile items from landfills.

The collection will be available in limited quantities at converse.com, carhartt-wip.com and select retailers May 28.

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May 15, 2020 - The LEBRON XVII Graffiti mashes together design cues from the memorable colorway of the LEBRON IV — one of the most underrated silhouettes in his line, according to James — and the durable support of the XVII's Knitposite upper. The familiar graffiti-style script is back, highlighting the city in which the colorway debuted during a pop-up event in 2006.

"I think the IVs were before their time," says James. "The full-length Zoom unit, the Foamposite — that silhouette was crazy. It looked so different from the earlier three shoes in the line, and wearing them right before that title run in 2007 made them that much more memorable."

Update: The LEBRON XVII Graffiti releases June 23 on nike.com and SNKRS.

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