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Matthew M. Williams on the Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP

June 06, 2019 - With the Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP, Alyx founder and creative director Matthew M. Williams extends the investigations in balancing technical processes with traditional craft that have characterized his collaborative efforts to date. The shoe follows themes introduced in the MMW Series 2 collection, creating conversation between interior and exterior spaces and finding opportunity for transformative elements that shape-shift depending on environment.
 
Specifically, Nike and Williams worked with outsole specialists Vibram to create a detachable crampon, extending the use of the traditional trainer. "This shoe embodies the multi-functionality of our modern urban existence," says Williams. "We are proud to have collaborated with Vibram on the detachable crampon rubber sole, which allows for the shoe to be used as a minimal trainer inside of a gym or as a resilient boot on city streets or park trails." 

For women, the silhouette draws from the Nike Free TR Flyknit 3 and reworks the upper with molded overlays. The composition of the collar references the Nike Elite High Quarter Sock. The men's version of the shoe gives the Nike Free Train 3 a natural hand feel and incorporates track spike-inspired speed lacing. A medial zipper at the collar supports ease of entry.

The Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP launches June 8 at the NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh. A global release will follow June 27.

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The Air Jordan XXXIV Heads to the Diamond and the Gridiron

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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Converse Launches Renew Tri Panel Denim Chuck 70

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. 

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The Nike BSMNT Air Max 90 City Pack Celebrates Creative Communities

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.

Glasgow
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.

Manchester
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.

London
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. 

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OBJ’s Week 3 Pregame Cleat is Out of This World

September 22, 2019 - The third in a line of weekly pregame cleats for Odell Beckham Jr. is inspired by the wide receiver's favorite Nike shoes. This rendition of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat is a nod to the iconic 2012 Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy," and leverages its iconic colorway and outer-space graphics. 

The cleat will appear during pregame of the Cleveland Browns’ home game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

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Customize Three Air Max Models with New IGC Color Palettes

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.

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OBJ Steps Into a Memorable Air Jordan V Colorway

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.

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Count down CC Sabathia’s Final Jordan Brand PE Cleats for the 2019 Season

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.

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Let Odell Beckham Jr. Take You Through His Shoe Collection

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.

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Jordan Air Latitude 720 LX with Swarovski® crystals

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.