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Breaking Down the Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails”

May 22, 2020 - With the Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails,” design allows for imaginative time travel. A ’90s attitude come through in trail tans and ACG color pops and gives the shoe a vintage appeal, while the well-worn look conveys a back-from-the-future sensibility. 

The color schemes also connect to Scott’s own affinity for vintage apparel. Material selection, including a polar fleece collar, further relays an outdoor connection, while oxidation of the upper, midsole and Air unit, achieved through a tint Sulphur dye, helps celebrate the beauty of a well-loved object’s patina. Additional details include a custom tongue-tab, lace-lock and an extra Swoosh on the toe.

The Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails” releases May 29 in adult, preschool and toddler versions. The latter two introduce a unique take on the design, complete with reverse Swoosh, just for kids, a first in Nike x Travis Scott collaborations.

Additionally, an apparel collection including a hoodie, sweatpants and T-shirt extend Scott’s interest in uniting sportswear comfort with utilitarian multi-pocket function. Download hi-res images here

More information is available on cactustrailstradingco.com. See below for official retailers.

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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.

To download hi-res images of the Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Force 1 Mid, click here.

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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.

To download hi-res images, click here.

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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.

View hi-res images here

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