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June 25, 2019 - Sure, there’s glory in topping the podium in front of a packed stadium to be crowned the Fittest on Earth, but all of the work to get there takes place when no one’s watching. 

Mat Fraser knows that better than perhaps anyone. His daily, often solo, training takes him to the “dark place” — physically and mentally. The gritty grind prepares him to step into the bright, public light of the competition floor, ready to destroy workouts in jaw-dropping fashion.

Fraser’s second PE is designed on the new Metcon 5. The darkness represents Fraser’s inward focus and meticulous dedication to his routine, while the lightness signifies him stepping into the spotlight for competition. The red racing stripe is a nod to the chase for first place as well as the shorts worn by the CrossFit Games leader. The three bullseyes on the medial heel and on the sockliner stand for the three consecutive first-place medals Fraser has earned at the CrossFit Games. Also on the sockliner is Fraser's mantra, “HWPO”  — hard work pays off. His signature appears on the transparent outsole.

The shoe comes in a box packed with tissue paper with the image of a bull’s skull (something Fraser uses to remind himself to strengthen his weaknesses) and the HWPO acronym. 

The Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser PE will be available to NikePlus Members on June 25, and on June 28 on nike.com and at select retailers. 

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A Campsite Classic Gets an All-Day Comfort Update

December 02, 2019 - Initially released in 1994, the Nike ACG Moc was designed for campsite R&R; the simple upper and soft sole unit offered just enough coverage and gave feet space to breathe after a tough hike or long trail run.

The redesigned ACG Moc 3.0 packages these characteristics in a new Footscape-inspired chassis with Nike Solarsoft cushioning and an asymmetrical easy-on, easy-off upper. This means the Moc still serves campsite recovery, and now also assists in making casual days in the city more comfortable.

The Nike ACG Moc 3.0 launches December 9 with the Union-exclusive Cheetah print colorway at Union LA and Union Japan. New colorways release globally January 1 on nike.com and select retailers.

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Go for Glow-in-the-Dark on the KYRIE 6

November 29, 2019 - The KYRIE 6 is available on Nike By You with a new customization option: a glow-in-the-dark outsole with a black upper, both of which are available in limited quantities. The color palette offers pebbled or rippled leather in black, sail, court purple and more (The combinations are up to you).  

The KYRIE 6 is available now on Nike By You.

November 27, 2019 - The Enlightenment colorway of the KYRIE 6 toys with the idea of perspective; the heel eye graphic is more visible at certain angles, while the complementary colors of green, red, yellow, and blue are inspired by camera light filters, changing the appearance of images and films to alter perception.

The colorway releases globally December 7 on nike.com and at select retailers. 

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A Career Immortalized: Barry Sanders’ On-Field Contributions Honored on Latest Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97

November 27, 2019 - Barry Sanders stepped away from the National Football League after the 1998 season, but the sentiment that he’s one of the greatest to play the game rings as true now as it did more than two decades ago. 

To commemorate 20 years since the Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lions running back hung up his trainers, the company is immortalizing Sanders’ playing career on the shoe he knows best: the Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.  

Sanders wore the shoe during his professional career and it helped him solidify a reputation as one of the best running backs of all-time.

With only 2,053 units made — the same number as the most yards Sanders rushed in a single season (1997) — the limited-edition Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 employs the Detroit Lions' team colors, team name and Sanders’ retired number 20 on the midfoot strap. 

“I played high school football for four years, college football for three years and professional football for 10 years, yet I have been a Nike spokesperson for 30," says Sanders. "It is such a huge honor that they are bringing back this shoe in my honor, and I can’t thank Nike enough on behalf of my fans everywhere.”

Ahead of the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving home game against the Chicago Bears, Sanders will serve as the Lions’ honorary game-day captain — taking the field once more in a pair of shoes that immortalize his success on it.

Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 first drops at the Lions Team Shop on November 27 (250 pairs) and then on nike.com on November 28 at 9:30 a.m. PT, in alignment with the team's Thanksgiving game kickoff.

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OBJ's Week 12 Pregame Cleat Has Some Serious Miami Vibes

November 24, 2019 - Odell Beckham Jr. will lace up in Week 12 pregame cleats influenced by the LeBron 8 South Beach straight from the 2010 vault. Inspired by the wide receiver’s favorite Nike shoes, this week’s iteration of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat employs Miami vibes with a teal, pink and black colorway.

The pregame cleat hits the field November 24 ahead of the Cleveland Browns’ away game against the Miami Dolphins.

November 21, 2019 - The tooling from the Nike Joyride NSW Setter (the "muscle car" of the Joyride family) offers a plush three-pod cushioning system. However, its upper, while tough, isn't designed for quickly taking on and off, which can be difficult when attending dinner parties at shoes-off apartments or trying to navigate dressing rooms at packed sample sales. ISPA answers for these peculiarities of urban life, and the Nike ISPA Joyride Envelope explicitly adapts the Joyride NSW Setter for easy on, easy off use.

To do this, the shoe is crafted with a unique folding upper. It is, at base, a bit like a bag. Open it up, slide in. The upper can then close in either direction (one side is perforated for breathability on warmer days). An external strap adds stability, but doesn't shortchange speed. In short, it's like going from a regular hinged door to a gull-wing. 

The Nike ISPA Joyride Envelope releases November 27.

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The ISPA Air Max 720 Gives Nike's Tallest Air Unit a Lift

November 21, 2019 - The ethos is now well established: ISPA uses NIKE, Inc.'s robust portfolio of innovations to solve for the challenges of city life. These challenges are as varied as the human-made environment, and in the case of the Nike ISPA Air Max 720, the design decisions serve to stabilize Nike's tallest Air unit and safeguard it from bumps and bruises. 

What bumps and bruises? Think jostling for space on a metro train, stretching out to keep a door from shutting or bouncing through a rave. The challenges of city life are nuanced and, often, discrete. A solid Air Max can help keep one comfortable through it all. 

And as Air Max is to the dance hall what an oxford shirt is to American prep schools, the ISPA Air Max 720 incorporates a heel tab fastener that functions like a classic locker tab so that the shoes can be hung in glory after a night out. 

Elements for the shoe are drawn from the Nike React 87 (those should be familiar) and when applied to the Air Max unit serve to guide the bags' displacement for a bit firmer ride. On the upper, tight mesh cutouts offer breathability (again the Air Max is to the dance hall...). On the whole, the shoe offers sophisticated solutions to a few unique, everyday problems while managing to look awesomely futuristic.

The shoe releases November 27.

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Lauren Halsey's AF1 Archives Los Angeles Culture on Canvas

November 21, 2019 - South Central LA artist Lauren Halsey knows what it means to create with authenticity. Halsey is hailed in her community for combining vibrant elements of found, fabricated and handmade objects from around the city to build densely textured installations and monuments. Her sculptures are inscribed with sentiments from the LA community, aimed at authentically and poetically rewriting the narrative on both a local and global stage.

Halsey and her artwork are also inspiration for the latest Los Angeles–specific Air Force 1, the AF-1 ALL FOR 1 – Los Angeles. Employing Halsey’s signature style, which is deeply rooted in the South Central neighborhood she grew up in, she funkatizes the insole with a kaleidoscope of visuals, adorned in red and green accents, interchangeable straps and inscribed with words of love.

The shoe remixes the Triple Black High into an ode to Los Angeles, celebrating the ones who cultivate community through creativity. Inspired by colors, familiar typographic design and iconic posters plastered around the city, Halsey’s collection is a visual and tangible tale of South Central LA. The shoe’s tongue tag is woven in with block text true to posters seen across the city for decades, its sockliner has a collage of South LA storefronts and it features dubrae with hand-lettered screen printing in font similar to Halsey’s Hieroglyph Crenshaw Project — a public installation of hieroglyphic carvings that allows communities in South Central LA to author their own stories.

“We all should move, create and act with the conceit of love in our hearts,” says Halsey. “Love means family. It means my friends. It means my girlfriend. When I work and when I build I think about who I can involve so that the projects are centered around love from beginning to end.”  

The AF1 – ALL FOR 1 – LA releases December 7 on nike.com, SNKRS and at select retailers in Los Angeles.

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Chicago's Drew Henderson Inspires a Community-Focused AF1

November 21, 2019 - Drew Henderson's barbershop, No Cuts No Glory, is representative of Chicago's de facto meeting places. Within the barbershop, sports, politics and more are debated. Preparations for celebrations are made. And, most important, bonds are forged across the community. 

Henderson and his shop are also inspiration for the latest Chicago-specific Air Force 1, the AF-1 ALL FOR 1 – CHICAGO. The shoe incorporates a series of graphic and material elements that celebrate the barbershop, from a specially created tongue tag that transitions Chicago's skyline into the silhouette of a comb, to aglets based on traditional barber poles (but with an added Chicago-flag twist). On the heel, a pony-hair tab reminds of the daily hair cuts in the shop, while an inner graphic of two hands celebrates unity. 

"“It means so much to me to be involved with the production of a shoe that represents some of the most important things in my life: Chicago, the barbershop and the community. It is an honor to shine a spotlight on the city, industry and community that made me who I am and motivate me every day. I share this with all of them,” says Henderson.

Creative tweaks to the AF1 design have also been made specifically for barber shop use:
1. Rolled edges make it easier for hair to be removed (there’s no exposed seams to get stuck on)
2. Wax laces ensure that fallen hair doesn’t get trapped 
3. A specially designed ice-rubber sole features a black/white diamond pattern in an ode to classic barbershop flooring 

The AF-1 ALL FOR 1 – CHICAGO releases December 7 on nike.com and at select retailers in Chicago.