March 19, 2019 - Nike Free footwear lets feet flex, splay and move the way they want. Built on a more anatomically shaped last than traditional running models, the 2019 Nike Free Running Collection introduces new elements that enable a more barefoot-like feel than previous versions.
Because Nike Free is intended for lower-mileage runs, the foam cushioning in the new Nike Free midsoles is firmer (closer to that of the original 2004 model to promote a more barefoot-like feel underfoot), flatter and lower to the ground, delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before. The midsole now features siping along the top and bottom to increase dorsi and plantar flexion. Based on data mapping, varying depths in the sipes are placed where the foot naturally wants to bend and stretch to enhance the feeling of movement and to allow for more natural foot motion.
The Nike Free RN 5.0 (shown first) is 26-percent more flexible and 2mm lower to the ground while the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 (shown second) is 1mm lower to the ground than the 2018 models.
The minimal uppers, a thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0, were designed to enhance the natural, second skin aspect of the shoes. There’s a nod to the in-depth science behind the original shoes in overall aesthetic too, with some of the design lines come from the natural shape of the foot, for example). The smaller Swoosh symbolizes the shoe’s lower-mileage intent.
The 2019 Nike Free Collection will be available beginning March 19.
September 16, 2019 - The second in a line of weekly pregame cleats for Odell Beckham Jr., this rendition of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat is inspired by an exclusive 2018 gold and grape colorway of the Air Jordan V.
The cleat will appear during pregame of the Cleveland Browns' away game against the New York Jets.
September 16, 2019 - Nike is partnering with the International Girl Crew (IGC), a global collective of six women across different creative fields, to design three Nike By You Air Max palettes — for the Air Max 90, Air Max 95 and Air Max 97 — inspired by the group’s worldwide travels. Colorway options range from the mossy greens and grays of the Scottish highlands to rich purples and greens from fruit stands in Mexico City to the sandy spheres made by bubbler crabs on the beaches in Koh Lipe, Thailand. Customization extends to unique materials and finishes with the choice of classic Nike branding or the IGC logo.
The three Air Max palettes inspired by IGC release globally September 16.
September 12, 2019 - Ace pitcher CC Sabathia will retire after the 2019-20 baseball season — and just as he's done throughout his storied career, he’ll close the regular season representing the Jumpman on his cleats. Check out the Jordan Brand PEs he's wearing to end his year:
Air Jordan III PE Cleat Navy (worn September 12, 2019)
This Air Jordan III PE Cleat features the classic navy elephant print mudguard and heel counter across a navy upper. Sabathia wore the cleat during an away game against the Detroit Tigers.
Air Jordan III PE Cleat Vallejo (worn August 24, 2019)
Sabathia donned these cleats, which come in the scarlet of his high school team from Vallejo, California, during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Created with a faux-wool upper material inspired by a letterman’s jacket, the Air Jordan III PE Cleat Vallejo features the pitcher's number decal on the heel and also lists important coaches and adult figures from his life.
September 08, 2019 - The first in a line of weekly pregame cleats for Odell Beckham Jr., inspired by his favorite Nike shoes, this special rendition of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat takes on an iconic color scheme from 2011.
The cleat will appear during pregame of the Cleveland Browns' September 8 home game against the Tennessee Titans.
September 06, 2019 - The women's-exclusive Jordan Air Latitude 720 LX with Swarovski® crystals comes in a flooded red upper and shines brightly with the application of 1,000+ dual-finished Swarovski® crystals placed on the Air Jordan VIII inspired straps, further evolving the Jordan Brand Flight Utility silhouette. A first-of-its-kind hangtag designed with crystals from Swarovski® adds to the elevated craftsmanship of the limited-edition style.
The Jordan Air Latitude 720 LX with Swarovski® crystals releases globally beginning September 6.
September 06, 2019 - Each of Skepta’s Nike SK trainers share an element of his personal story, from travel to Morocco to building a fan base in Paris — and the SK SHOX is no exception. It does, however, extend a more transcendental tone than the three prior Air Max-based releases.
The SK SHOX is about finding belief in boundless opportunity. In 2018, Skepta was bestowed a chieftainship in his parents' home state of Ogun in Nigeria. Nigerian chieftainships are given in recognition of a positive contribution to community wellbeing. “It made me realize that anybody could be a chief, but some people are brought up not thinking they can,” he says.
The shoe’s design extends this thought in the abstract. It incorporates elements of Skepta’s Nigerian heritage to share his familial respect. "I take pride in the fact that I know my surname, and I know where I’m from and both my parents are Nigerian," he says. "It was about bringing Nike to Nigeria and letting the kids know the energy."
That energy is also one that Skepta is keen to harness in this provocative shoe, to let everyone feel their dreams are within reach. The shoe becomes a conduit to share his point of view that the future is limitless.
"It is important to make people believe that they can feel royal — that if they work hard, their work will be recognized and appreciated and celebrated," he says.
Skepta's choice of the SHOX silhouette is rooted in a specific memory. “When I used to go to Manchester, all the kids were rocking SHOX. It was a real street shoe there. I liked their swag — the windbreakers and the SHOX," he remembers. "I thought ‘Yeah, let’s definitely do that,’ because I always remember those trips up north."
The Nike SK SHOX drop September 12 on SNEAKRS in Europe, SNKRS in Asia and Greater China, and at select retailers.
To download hi-res images, click here.
September 05, 2019 - Twenty-one athletes will wear the Jumpman on opening day of the 2019 NFL season, the second year of the on-field appearance by the Jordan Brand. Wearing the above cleats from left to right, Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs, Earl Thomas of the Baltimore Ravens, Alshon Jeffery of the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints and Le'Veon Bell and Jamal Adams [not pictured] of the New York Jets; these are just some of the athletes who will wear team-specific colorways of the Jordan 1 TD Mid and Low.
Jordan Brand's football family includes:
• Alshon Jeffery (wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles)
• Bobby Wagner (linebacker, Seattle Seahawks)
• Cameron Jordan (defensive end, New Orleans Saints)
• DeShone Kizer (quarterback, Oakland Raiders)
• Dont’a Hightower (outside linebacker, New England Patriots)
• Dwayne Haskins (quarterback, Washington Redskins)
• Earl Thomas (free safety, Baltimore Ravens)
• Jamal Adams (strong safety, New York Jets)
• Jimmy Garoppolo (quarterback, San Francisco 49ers)
• Joe Haden (cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers)
• Jordan Howard (running back, Philadelphia Eagles)
• Jordan Reed (tight end, Washington Redskins)
• Le'Veon Bell (running Back, New York Jets)
• Malik Hooker (safety, Indianapolis Colts)
• Melvin Ingram (defensive end, Los Angeles Chargers)
• Michael Crabtree (wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals)
• Michael Thomas (wide receiver, New Orleans Saints)
• Sterling Shepard (wide receiver, New York Giants)
• Thomas Davis (linebacker, Los Angeles Chargers)
• Tyrann Mathieu (safety, Kansas City Chiefs)
September 04, 2019 - Chicago-born Ibn Jasper wants to make sure today’s kids know Dr. J. That would be Julius Erving, the first basketball player to dunk from the foul line, known for his free-flowing play as well as for wearing Converse’s Pro Leather basketball shoe.
First released in 1976, the Pro Leather debuted as the lightest and most durable performance basketball shoe on the market. Highlighted by the star/chevron logo, the shoe was worn in collegiate and pro competition by many of the game’s best — though most notably by Erving — before being discontinued in 1983. Subsequent reissues have cemented the silhouette's stature in hoop-shoe canon, and given it standing in fashion and skate circles alike.
“This particular collaboration means a lot to me since I was born in the '70s and grew up in the '80s watching all of the great NBA players like Dr.J.,” says Jasper. “The aesthetic is based on a photo of Dr. J. walking into the arena with an all-white outfit. He looks like he just stepped off of the runway. I thought to myself: ‘How can I distill this image and vibe into a collection?’”
The statuesque white serves a secondary purpose too. Jasper’s intent is to channel Erving’s sophisticated style into a trophy that pays homage to the high-flying player’s individual legacy and broad impact on the game. Roman numeral embossing adds to this vibe, granting historical weight to a contemporary design accentuated by a zippered tongue.
The collection releases September 26.
August 30, 2019 - The LeBron James x John Elliott Icon QS originates from the collaborative partnership between James, Elliott and Nike. Tipped off by an exclusive LeBron Soldier X in 2016, and crystalized with a fully formed collection featuring the Icon QS in 2018, the three-part collaboration focuses attention on creating versatile pieces that work in a range of environments, from business meetings to travel. Featuring the midsole tooling of the LEBRON 8, the LeBron James x John Elliott Icon QS exemplifies the effort with muted colorways punctuated by translucent panels.
Following the release of the black version in May, white and fuchsia colorways of the Icon QS release September 13 via Elliott's channels and September 14 via Nike. The tan colorway of the Icon QS arrives October 9.