Nike LA Cortez
February 27, 2018 - No single connection between a shoe and a city is as strong as Los Angeles’ embrace of the Nike Cortez, originally released in 1972. That bond continues with the Nike LA Cortez, the latest Cortez collaboration between Nike and Nike athlete Maria Sharapova.
Combining her favorite sneaker with her favorite city — and the place she calls home — Sharapova, who has always had a strong eye for design and fashion, says she wanted to create a shoe that captured "LA’s high style." The color palette was inspired by LA’s laid-back vibes and the earthy hues of a West Coast sunrise. Playing off of Sharapova’s childhood interest in calligraphy, the shoe utilizes refined design lines for an off-court elegance. Thoughtful attention to craft and detail brings dimensional layering with premium suedes, leathers and soft gold accents.
"I love how it’s minimal and understated in certain ways, yet there’s so much attention to detail with the finishes, materials and even color," says Sharapova. "I was inspired by my morning walks along the coast on my way to practice, and I think we captured that peaceful essence in this shoe."
The Nike LA Cortez will launch March 1 at Nordstrom x Nike Sneaker Boutiques and on nordstrom.com, and March 2 on the SNKRS app, nike.com and at Nike The Grove and Nike Santa Monica.
September 21, 2018 - Nike React technology meets the Air Jordan I to create a new silhouette within Jordan Brand's Flight Utility range: the Jordan Proto-React.
The shoe features an expressive Nike React technology midsole, adjustable heel straps for custom fit and Flight Utility graphic details on the tongue and heel tabs.
The Jordan Proto-React will release in 2019.
September 20, 2018 - Nike React technology meets the Air Jordan I to create a new silhouette within Jordan Brand's Flight Utility range: the Jordan Apex-Utility.
The shoe features an expressive Nike React technology midsole, translucent shroud and Flyknit Air Jordan 1 upper. Adjustable heel straps allow for custom fit, while Flight Utility graphic details appear on the tongue and heel tabs.
The Jordan Apex-Utility will release in 2019.
Converse x Undercover "Order/Disorder" Chuck 70
September 20, 2018 - Unveiled on the Paris runway last January, the Converse x Undercover Chuck 70 honors Jun Takashi's Fall 2018 theme of "Order/Disorder."
Those words are printed on the shoe's high-gloss toe boxes and match the color of the contrasting toe bumpers. All four colorways — black, red, yellow and white — are rendered in vintage canvas.
The Converse x Undercover collection releases September 25 at select retailers.
Converse Run Star
September 18, 2018 - Converse's newest silhouette, the Run Star, juxtaposes heritage running style with exaggerated tooling. Taking cues from classic Converse styles, the result is a contemporary look designed to be distorted. (The upper, for example, is ripe for remixing — as JW Anderson has already proved during his Spring 2019 London runway show). What will remain constant is the Run Star's hallmark feature: An unapologetic, big and bold EVA midsole finished with a rubber heel wrap and instantly recognizable Star.
The shoe, in its first public incarnation, is available now at converse.com.
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Converse x Carhartt WIP One Star Collection
September 17, 2018 - Since 1989, Carhartt Work In Progress has been carefully adapting and modifying Carhartt's iconic workwear products for an audience that values refined design and detailing, while still remaining true to the brand’s origins.
The Converse x Carhartt WIP One Star collection applies this same approach by preparing the silhouette with a Cordura® fabric upper that is robustly functional and considerate to the original design. Embellishments include a tongue logo patch made from the coated tarp-like material seen on the trailer coverings of long-distance trucks, and hangtag and D-ring hardware details at the heel.
The collection, which includes classic black, olive and white colorways, launches September 20 on converse.com, carhartt-wip.com and select retailers.
Nike Mercurial Cleat (Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition)
September 16, 2018 - The second of Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame cleats for the 2018-2019 season, the Nike Mercurial Cleat (Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition) honors Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo.
The flood-red colorway features an upper inspired by the Nike Mercurial boot worn by Ronaldo on the game's biggest stage in 1998, when the world saw the rise of one of football's most prolific offensive talents. The cleat's lightweight traction plate — a technological breakthrough that Nike advanced with the Mercurial — gets a modern upgrade with a Nike carbon fiber plate.
The Nike Mercurial Cleat (Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition) will be worn by OBJ during pregame of the New York Giants’ September 16 away game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Nike Cortez Gets a Sustainable Upgrade
September 14, 2018 - One of Nike's most historic running models, the Cortez, is the second silhouette, following the Tennis Classic, to get a full-scale release in Nike's innovative Flyleather — a sustainable material that is made with at least 50 percent leather fiber. Flyleather is lighter, more durable and has a lower carbon footprint than traditional leather; the mindful take on the Cortez also uses less water in manufacture than traditional leather builds and features 100 percent recycled lining, laces and labeling.
The Nike Flyleather Cortez is available now in a White/Light Silver-White colorway from the SNKRS and SNEAKRS apps and at select retailers.
Nike Tech Challenge II Cleat
September 09, 2018 - The first in a season line of pregame cleats for Odell Beckham Jr that honor legendary Nike athletes who inspire him, the Nike Tech Challenge II Cleat is a nod to tennis great Andre Agassi.
Beckham Jr.’s electric style of play complements the flood red, cleated iteration of the Nike Tech Challenge II silhouette. The cleat features other details that declare a confident aesthetic, such as the denim material (Agassi was known for wearing washed denim shorts during play in New York City) and an OBJ-titled Nike Swoosh on the tongue.
The Nike Tech Challenge II Cleat will appear during pregame of the New York Giants’ September 9 home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Special Edition Hypervenom 3 for Harry Kane
September 07, 2018 - After leading England to a semifinal match in Russia and distinguishing himself as the top goal-scorer in the tournament, Nike will honor forward Harry Kane with a special-edition golden Hypervenom 3 boot.
A tonal St. George’s Cross flag appears on the premium golden boot, along with the England National Team badge. Printed on its instep are symbolic words, such as "Lion" and "Leader," that succinctly describe Kane’s rise from his first club, Ridgeway Rovers.
“From our ground here, you can see the cranes going to work at Tottenham Hotspur on the new stadium,” says Ian Marshall, chairman of Ridgeway Rovers. “From here to Spurs, and doing what he did at the World Cup, it’s inspiring, and we couldn’t be more proud [of him].”
Kane will wear the boot upon his international return in September when England faces Spain.