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.
October 03, 2019 - Experimentation in young athlete footwear has existed at Nike since the 1970s. At various times, the company's designers have worked to find solutions that allow children's feet to grow and be strong in the transition from crawling to walking.
A 1980 shoe made by Tinker Hatfield served two purposes: First, the project served to familiarize the architect-by-training with cobbling practices and second, it allowed him to consider the specific needs of a baby athlete.
That shoe, made of green suede with an orange Swoosh, is the point of departure for long-time Nike collaborator Tom Sachs. His investigation of children's footwear is manifested by crib- and toddler-sized versions of the Mars Yard and Mars Yard Overshoe.
"The Sachs studio is a professional athletic team. Our sport is making sculpture. Nike makes performance products for the needs of championship athletes worldwide, and Nike makes our uniforms," says Sachs. "Bottom line, my son, Guy Louis Armstrong Sachs, is on the sculpture team now. He's an important part of the team and he's got his French work smock, his 10 bullets onesie and, now, he has his Mars Yards."
The shoes have a flexible sole and a Velcro collar. This supports young athlete movement and, important for Sachs, makes them simple to put on. "The shoe is very, very flexible and that's what you ultimately want when developing a strong new member of the team — you don't want a lot of structure," he says.
Complete with custom box and the now customary color schemes, NikeCraft Mars Yard and Mars Yard Overshoes release October 9 in crib sizes (1C to 4C) and toddler sizes 5C to 10C.
October 01, 2019 - A partnership with athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted, the Air Force 1 More Than__ invites wearers to share their voice.
Below the "More Than"-emblazoned heel counter, the shoe features space for immediate customization. Two Sharpies, one blue and one black, are included to encourage athletes to share their stories. This creative license harnesses the power of individual communication to unite communities in shedding labels and preconceptions, and takes sneaker culture's most democratic silhouette and transforms it into a billboard for empowerment.
Additional details include the words "I Am Uninterrupted" on the rand, a double Swoosh and a reflective heel that provides a unique spark to the shoe at night.
The shoe releases October 10 in full-family sizing.
September 30, 2019 - Nike is introducing a new series of Mercurial boots designed for the needs of the fastest football players on earth. The series, Nike Mercurial Dream Speed, features unique design interpretations of speed to be unveiled one at a time during the next several seasons.
The first Nike Mercurial Dream Speed edition follows the theme of the DNA of speed. It outlines technical details found in a Mercurial schematic, such as perforation patterns, registration marks, crop lines, color codes, a scale ruler and other graphic elements that show how the boot is built. The bold blue colorway takes cues from blueprints.
With a metallic finish, subtle sparkling laces and a magnified faded Swoosh on the upper, the boot embodies movement even when it’s standing still. A 10A and 73P code stand for the colors white and barely volt, respectively, the two hues displayed across Nike’s logo.
On the lateral side of the heel, a 001 logo shines with an iridescent finish, signaling the first iteration of the series. The 44.7 km/h speed next to the strike zone represents a dream speed for any footballer.
The Nike Mercurial Dream Speed releases October 3 on nike.com and will be debuted on pitch exclusively by Sam Kerr, Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo.
September 29, 2019 - Week four of the 2019 professional football season brings to Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame warmup the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat, inspired by the Travis Scott Air Jordan I High OG. In addition to employing the same color scheme as Travis Scott's instant classic, released this past May, OBJ's initials have been flipped and reversed in a nod to the multiplatinum recording artist's backward lateral Nike Swoosh.
The cleat will appear during pregame of the Cleveland Browns’ September 29 away game against the Baltimore Ravens.
September 26, 2019 - Jordan Brand athletes across baseball (seen in the first photo above) and football (second photo) are receiving limited-edition Air Jordan XXXIV pregame cleats in both the "Blue Void" launch colorway and a "Wear Test" colorway with a flooded print graphic across the upper.
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September 26, 2019 - The history of the Air Max 90 follows a now familiar trajectory from performance product to streetwear staple. Designed by Tinker Hatfield and originally released as the Air Max 3 in 1990, the shoe became a cult classic following its reintroduction (and subsequent renaming) in the early 2000s.
In the ensuing decades, the Air Max 90 has taken many iterations along the path to footwear immortality, including coveted collaborations and clean, essential makeups. Part of the heritage is owed to an embrace in Europe, where the Air Max 90 has become synonymous with creative community across the continent and within Great Britain. The Nike BSMNT Air Max 90 City Pack is all about channeling that historic energy.
Three styles representing three cities — Glasgow, Manchester and London — have been informed by the Basement, a contemporary London-based collective connecting the city’s young creatives through inclusive online and offline platforms. Each distills its namesake's essential character and environment.
Paying tribute to this rebellious, joyous, forward-thinking community, continuously evolving and defying expectations, this Air Max 90 has a base of water-resistant, deep gray materials and heavyweight ripstop. The plush leather safety orange tongue and retro-reflective Swoosh and heel tab are inspired by the iconic traffic cone placed upon the head of the Duke Of Wellington statue in Glasgow's city center. The shoe releases October 5.
The second BSMNT Air Max 90 release drops on October 12 and captures Manchester’s fearlessness. The shoe is wrapped in two densities of hard-wearing and water-resistant Cordura. The jewel Swoosh is the first of its kind on an Air Max 90. The webbing and pull-tab system add a level of technical functionality. The quarter panel running around the shoe is made up of black 3M, which increases visibility while maintaining the shoe’s stealthy aesthetic.
The final iteration BSMNT Air Max 90 launches on October 19. The shoe takes inspiration from the ever-evolving city of London and its restless, creative power. Five tones of gray in an array of premium materials create a harmonious balance that simultaneously reflects the human and architectural diversity of the city. The raw, natural midsole is finished with a clear outsole. A transparent, velcro-edged Swoosh can be augmented by a choice of four detachable Swooshes — Yellow 3M, Dark Gray Corduroy, White Patent or Pearlescent.
Each shoe will be sold exclusively at select retailers in the city it represents and on the SNEAKRS app. A donation from the project will go to Youth Futures organization, which currently provides mentorship programming to young Londoners.
September 26, 2019 - Converse is expanding its Renew Denim collection, introduced in August 2019, to create the Chuck 70 from pre-loved jeans. This latest installment dubbed Renew Tri Panel Denim uses three distinct upcycled denim washes — dark blue, light blue and black — to produce a fresh take on the original 1970s shoe.
Here’s how it works:
- UK-based sustainable fashion brand and vintage retailer Beyond Retro sorts more than a million pair of denim a month. The Converse Renew Tri Panel Denim selection is curated according to three distinct washes — dark blue, light blue and black — then the perfect pre-loved jeans are hand-selected to become part of the renewed collection.
- The three denim washes are butterfly-cut, then individual Chuck upper panels are die-cut out of each wash. Effectively, each denim wash becomes one puzzle piece in constructing the iconic Chuck upper. The dark wash creates the medial panel, the light wash goes to the Chuck 70 tongue and the black denim makes up the lateral panel.
- The result is a one-of-a-kind Converse Renew Denim Tri Panel Chuck 70 that’s ready for a new life.
The upcycled denim upper is lightweight and durable, while the shoe’s upper lining and laces are made from recycled polyester. The distinctive speckled rubber outsole provides added traction.
With premium materials, deliberate nuance and an extraordinary attention to detail, the shoe is at once familiar and new.
The Converse Renew Tri Panel Denim Chuck 70 releases on September 27 in China and October 3 in North America at converse.com.