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Nick Kyrgios is Kyrie-ing His Shoes for Melbourne

January 07, 2019 - Both born in Australia, point guard Kyrie Irving and tennis pro Nick Kyrgios share a love for their heritage and a high esteem for the other athlete. That premise inspired a collaborative project for this January, when Kyrgios will wear a KYRIE 5-inspired Vapor X in Melbourne. (Irving will wear a KYRIE 5 based on Kyrgios' Vapor on January 7 against the Nets.)

The low-cut tennis version features the KYRIE 5 Flytrap-inspired upper for a lockdown fit and a Vapor X outsole, which includes a heel Zoom Air unit and is reinforced in high-wear areas to sustain Kyrgios through hardcourt play.

The Nike Vapor X 'KYRIE 5' releases January 14.

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Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid

October 19, 2020 - Debuted in March 2020 during the COMME des GARÇONS FW20 “Neo Future” show, the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid punctuates Rei Kawakubo’s embrace of the idea that it is not possible to make something completely new.

In “Neo Future,” Kawakubo chose to look within the world of COMME des GARÇONS for inspiration. With the Air Force 1 Mid, the designer similarly selected a beloved Nike classic that is revered for the unique place it holds in the sneaker canon. The two customized styles feature paneled cut-outs with raw edges on the shoe’s leather exterior and COMME des GARÇONS embossed on its proprioceptors belt. The textured effect is a new application for the AF1.

Offered in black and white, the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid is available in U.S. women’s sizes 6.5 to 14.5 and men’s sizes 5 to 13.

The Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid releases October 23 exclusively at COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market stores globally and online at DSM E-SHOPs. The initial offering will be followed by a release via select COMME des GARÇONS retailers.

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Catchy Styles Energize the Converse Basketball Holiday Collection

October 15, 2020 - The holiday lineup for Converse Basketball features new upper detailing and outsole combinations that cut through the court, giving players a mix of silhouettes to stand out and play with their own stylistic flair. 

Three colorway packs round out the holiday releases across the Converse All Star BB Evo, the Converse G4 and the Converse Pro Leather. The Hi-Vis collection adds neon, glow-in-the-dark detailing; the Polar Lights collection brings a cool palette inspired by the northern lights; and the Black Ice collection pairs matte-shine finishes with translucent outsoles.

Converse All Star BB EVO

Inspired by the Chuck Taylor All Star, the All Star BB Evo’s modern profile is highlighted through a range of bright details on the star-chevron branding; the Hi-Vis collection shows off gradients of yellow, purple and orange, while the Polar Lights version includes layered pops of green. Monochromatic black and white uppers serve as a clean base.

Converse G4

In these packs, the G4's collar heights dictate its color volume. The Hi-Vis pack offers a hi-top in white, with subtle branding and a gradually splattered midsole, while the low-top is flooded in yellow, with purple and teal accents. The Polar Lights pack features a black upper with paint-flecked hints throughout the heel counter, the forefoot rand and the star chevron. An icy-blue outsole rounds out the profile.

Converse Pro Leather

The timeless Pro Leather silhouette made famous by Julius “Dr.J” Irving adds neon detailing in Hi-Vis colorways like bright green, orange and coral. The Black Ice collection casts sophisticated styles in either black or white, complete with an ice-blue translucent outsole.

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Converse x Feng Chen Wang's High Concept 2-in-1 Chuck 70

October 15, 2020 - More than two years ago, at the start of her ongoing collaboration with Converse, Feng Chen Wang, like many designers before her, requested pairs of the Converse Chuck 70 to complete her SS19 Menswear presentation at New York Fashion Week. 

Equipped with more than 30 pairs, Wang captured the global attention of the creative community when she presented her vision of the canvas sneaker: a carefully deconstructed and delicately reassembled Chuck 70 concept shoe, complete with hand-painted details. Wang continued to tinker her concept through shape, style and color, and a few weeks later, debuted fresh iterations during her show in Shanghai. 

Shortly after the show, Converse and Wang began work to figure out how to formalize the bold concept and bring it to wider audiences. During the following year, after numerous rounds of construction, fit and colorway explorations, the team engineered a design and finalized a color palette that demonstrates the cohesion between Wang’s deconstructed ethos and the classic Converse silhouette. 

The result is all about honoring the icon, but boldly breaking the structure. 

The Chuck 70 2-in-1 unifies two alternate sizes of Chuck 70 to converge form and style in one approach. Not dissimilar to the exploration of layering often seen in Wang's eponymous brand and her recent Converse collaborations, the silhouette is crafted with “two” in mind: a paired organic canvas overlay, double-layered foxing tape and a modified outsole, spliced into four quadrants. This intentional design keenly demonstrates the duality of Wang’s idea while providing the wearer with enhanced “flex” in their step within the highly-structured build.

The sneakers also feature a double-lace loop for alternative styling, and Feng Chen Wang’s namesake logo appears on the heel, sockliner and laces.  

The Converse x Feng Chen Wang Chuck 70 2-in-1 launches October 20 in black and persimmon orange color palettes.

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The Nike SuperRep Family Evolves with Dance and Cardio-Based Training Models

October 12, 2020 - Building upon the Nike Air Zoom SuperRepNike SuperRep Cycle and Nike SuperRep Go, the SuperRep family continues to expand the definition of sport with the introduction of the Nike SuperRep Groove for cardio dance classes and the Nike SuperRep Surge for cardio-based workouts using treadmills, rowers and floor exercises. 

Nike SuperRep Groove
Step, pivot and sashay through a dance workout with the Nike SuperRep Groove — a women’s-exclusive shoe specifically built and styled for cardio dance classes. Designed for multi-directional activity, the Nike SuperRep Groove is equipped with a grippy sole that helps provide traction and a smooth pivot point so wearers can turn and spin with ease. Durable straps and overlays around the heel and sides of the shoe provide lockdown support for the foot when zigzagging across the floor or moving in circles. 

Nike SuperRep Surge
From the treadmill to the rowing machine to strength training, Nike SuperRep Surge is built to handle cardio-based bootcamp classes. A Nike React midsole wraps up the heel to help provide lockdown, while an added ultralight ZoomX foam in the forefoot offers energy return for a light jog on the treadmill or an all-out sprint. The Nike SuperRep Surge outsole presents a traction web for machine and floor-based grip, and extended flex grooves for incline and speed running. The upper is constructed with an open-hole mesh for breathability, a precise haptic print for optimal durability during machine workouts and a comfort collar for lockdown and support. To top it off, a rower clip at the heel makes it easy to transition to and from a rowing machine.

The Nike SuperRep Groove drops October 1 at nike.com, while the Nike SuperRep Surge — releasing in men's and women's colorways — is available to Nike Members October 24 with a global release December 1 at nike.com.

The Nike SuperRep Groove is available now at select retailers, with a global drop beginning November 11 at nike.com. The Nike SuperRep Surge — releasing in men's and women's colorways — is available to Nike Members beginning October 24, with a global release December 3 at nike.com.

Update October 21: The SuperRep Surge will release November 27 in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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The Nike Running Cold-Weather Footwear Lineup is Like Your Trustiest Winter Tires

October 12, 2020 - This cold-weather footwear collection from Nike Running highlights two features that are wintertime favorites: a GORE-TEX upper on the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 and redesigned traction patterns in the Shield series, specifically the Nike Pegasus 37 and the Nike React Miler Shield.

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX
For runs that veer off the beaten path, the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX is designed to help withstand weather conditions as rugged as the terrain. The GORE-TEX invisible fit upper helps protect feet from moisture. Additional traction was added at the heel and toe to steady runners when going up or down hills, joining the outsole’s detailed nubs for a secure, confident ride. Nike React foam helps provide cushioned responsiveness with every step.

Nike Pegasus 37 Shield and Nike React Miler Shield
Two cold-weather Shield silhouettes from Nike Running feature a reimagined outsole pattern inspired by winter car tires.

Designed specifically for wet road surfaces, the traction patterns include micro-siping to better grip the road. The multidirectional shapes help channel water for improved contact with wet pavement. The weatherized shroud upper for both silhouettes helps repel water and keep feet dry. A bonus: the React Miler Shield is customizable on Nike By You. Check out the last two images above.

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX, the Nike Pegasus 37 Shield and the Nike React Miler Shield release later in October.

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Nike's Día de Muertos Collection Pays Homage to Family

October 08, 2020 - Nike’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Collection this year remixes the Nike Air Max 90, Nike DBreak Type, Nike Blazer Mid and Air Jordan 1 with a modern approach grounded in art and culture. 

Día de Muertos’s traditional ofrendas, or altars, serve as the design inspiration behind each of the silhouettes and apparel pieces, with colors, patterns and crafted details nodding to the delicate, handmade artwork of papel picado and flowers typically seen at an altar.

Alongside the juxtapositions and contrasting textures, the pack focuses on intrinsic colors, patterns and materials and employs Marigold — the traditional Mexican flower — as a collecting thread throughout the pack and apparel. A tradition that serves as a reminder of heritage, the Día de Muertos Collection also connects back to the notion of family and has “Para Mi Familia” on the DBreak Type heel, the toe of the Air Jordan 1 and the tee and hoodie graphics.

The Nike Día de Muertos Collection is available to Nike Members in Mexico October 8 through SNKRS Web, with a global release October 15 on nike.com and SNKRS.  

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Timed for London, Three Colorways are Releasing for the Alphafly NEXT%

October 03, 2020 - The mind-bending magic of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is releasing to a broader audience — and in more colorways that observe legends of place and performance in the running community. Three colorways are timed with this year's 26.2 in London.

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% Kenya

Inspired by the colors of the Kenyan flag, this colorway debuts as Eliud Kipchoge toes the starting line in London for an unmatched five straight wins in five years. The Kenya colorway releases October 11 exclusively for Nike Members in the UK via the NRC App, with broader availability expected in 2021.

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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% 1:59:40

Celebrating Eliud Kipchoge's record-setting run in Vienna, this colorway resembles the Alphafly NEXT% prototype that he wore in breaking the two-hour marathon barrier. The colorway releases in select global markets October 12.

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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% Mango

This year’s Fast Family Pack, which includes the NEXT% collection (the Alphafly NEXT%, the Tempo NEXT% and the Vaporfly NEXT%) and men and women’s Pegasus 37, follows a color scheme inspired by the lights on the breaks of racecars when they are pushing the limits of high speeds. The pack is currently available to Nike Members in Greater China; it releases in wider availability globally in early October.

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The Nike Mercurial Dream Speed 3 Relays Speed Through Pattern Play

October 02, 2020 - Building off Nike Mercurial Dream Speed and Nike Mercurial Dream Speed 2 designs, the latest iteration of the Nike Mercurial Dream Speed boot is inspired by the speed of the game.

“These boots are all about chasing your dreams and doing whatever you can to achieve them,” says Cristiano Ronaldo. “One bit of advice I have for everyone to think about if you wear these boots: work hard and think big, and your dreams can come true.”

The sleek, fluid aesthetic is matched with designs of wave patterns characterizing quickness. Additional graphic elements connect to football. The dotted patterns denote formations used by winning teams across the years. A gridded, waved pattern represents the rippling effect made by a goal when scored. The boot is accentuated with a translucent plate and fluorescent coloring on the Swoosh that features a black and white color shift — this symbolizes the conceptual idea of past and present as a means to get wearers to their goals. 

To pay homage to 10 years since Safari print debuted on the pitch, the latest Nike Mercurial Dream Speed boot features this print throughout the design. 

The Nike Mercurial Dream Speed 3 will be debuted on pitch by Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé and Sam Kerr, some of the world's fastest players, and releases globally October 3 at nike.com. 

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Converse and UNION Celebrate Sheila Bridges’ Scenes of Harlem in Latest Collection

October 01, 2020 - Sheila Bridges, a New York-based interior designer known for her distinct furnishing approach, is featured in Converse’s latest collaboration with UNION – a store synonymous with elevated, contemporary fashion and its decades-long mission to support diverse creatives. 

Seeing interiors as a means of visual storytelling, Bridges’ most notable visual, the Harlem Toile, is featured for the first time on footwear with the Chuck Taylor All Star – a favorite silhouette of Bridges'. 

A toile — short for “toile de Jouy” — is a printed material with a floral, figure or landscape design, typically seen in upholstery. Illustrating scenes of her experience of African American culture in her hometown by way of the French toile, Bridges’ Harlem Toile image (now preserved at The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's permanent wallpaper collection) was born out of a desire to design a pattern that spoke to her personally. 

“I didn’t ever see myself represented in any of the designs,” says Bridges, “so, I created my own.” 

Exhibiting a duality of expression, the toile plays on African-American stereotypes while also celebrating African-American culture — taking the viewer through scenes of subjects jumping rope, playing basketball, dancing and having picnics, all in 18th-century attire.  

The iconic upper of the Chuck Taylor serves as base for Bridges’ design. Printed against a white canvas upper, the Chuck Taylor’s paneling allows each scene to play out across the silhouette. The collection has apparel and accessories, featuring a pullover hoodie and bucket hat adorned with an allover print of the Harlem Toile. 

“It’s that indelibly designed shoe,” says UNION owner and operator Chris Gibbs. “It’s that cool shoe. It’s the perfect canvas for intricate stories via print graphics.”

Converse x UNION introduce the Chuck Taylor All Star capsule as part of Converse’s ongoing commitment to support Black creatives by amplifying their voices. 

The Converse x UNION Chuck Taylor All Star, pullover hoodie and bucket hat, each featuring Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile, is available October 13 at converse.com and select retailers.

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