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NikeCourt Readies Tech Challenge Revival

February 21, 2020 - Three decades on, and the Air Tech Challenge II still issues goosebumps to tennis and sneaker fans alike. Synonymous with the rebellious spirit of its most famous wearer, Andre Agassi, the shoe defined ’90s attitude on the court and introduced both an iconic tooling and an unmistakable upper pattern. The latter characterizes NikeCourt’s revival of the Tech Challenge — a new, Max-Air-equipped court shoe highlighted by those familiar vibrant graphics. 

A modified herringbone pattern provides the NikeCourt Tech Challenge 20 excellent traction. The aforementioned Max Air unit offers cushioning in the heel and helps create a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The medial side of the Air unit is hidden — helping to provide durability during slides — and ankle support is augmented by an asymmetrical collar. 

As in the original Air Tech Challenge II, the classic “Nike Air” logo appears on the heel. 

The NikeCourt Tech Challenge 20 releases February 26 for Nike Members and will be available February 29 on nike.com and through select retailers. 

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The Nike Air Deschutz Makes a 2020 Comeback

May 01, 2020 - When the Nike Air Deschutz entered the market in 1992 it had competitors in form but never in function. The performance-driven design ushered in the “cross-training sandal," equally at home hitting the trail, whether for a brisk hike or a short trail run, and strolling college campuses. In that, the sandal embodied the ACG ethos, and while many versions took a predominantly black base, its graphic accents further extended what became defining color schemes of the era. 

The Nike ACG Air Deschutz returns in 2020 in ode to its original look. It’s still built to comfortably traverse a range of terrain, but also allows for subdued (or overt) style choices in its contemporary colorways.

Nike ACG Air Deschutz releases May 14 on SNKRS and at select retailers, followed by a European release later this spring on SNEAKERS and at select retailers.

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Retro Futurism Serves as Inspo for New Air Max 2090 Colorways

April 29, 2020 - Earlier this year, the Nike Air Max 2090 took recognizable traits of the Air Max 90 into the future. This summer, three new colorways help extend the silhouette’s futuristic feel, each inspired from art work of the retro futurism movement.

The latest color inspiration for the Nike Air Max 2090 expands its theme of future modes of transportation through environment exploration: canyon-like earth tones, clean colors that resemble blue skies and bold brights of future cities at dusk. 

The three new Nike Air Max 2090 looks drop May 7 at nike.com and the Nike App.

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Slide into Summer with NSW Sandals

April 29, 2020 - In addition to the recent launch of the Nike Air Max Koko sandal for women, Nike introduces three new unisex sandals styles: the Nike Owaysis, Nike Canyon and Nike Asuna

Nike Owaysis
This sandal reinterprets the language of comfort from innovations like Nike React. The wavy upper and foam midsole provide a soft and cushioned feel around the whole foot. 

Nike Canyon
Inspired by ’90s cross-training sandals, the Nike Canyon features versatile and steady cushioning. The sandal references the Air Footscape in the outsole and Nike Rift in the upper, which is defined by its soft, textured bindings.

Nike Asuna
Making a nod to the lacing system of the Nike Air More Money basketball shoe, the Asuna's unique styling is balanced by a soft footbed foam and rugged tread pattern. 

The Nike Canyon and Nike Asuna sandals are available now, and Nike Owaysis will be available this spring at nike.com and on the Nike App.

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This Footwear Pack Highlights Pregame Rituals from Luka Dončić, De'Aaron Fox and More

April 28, 2020 - How an athlete prepares to play is a matter of personal preference. Some famously toss chalk, others meticulously mark midsoles with motivational phrases. Point guard De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, guard Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks and center Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury each have their rituals too. Their musts are highlighted in the new Pregame Pack, a collection of Nike and Jordan Brand silhouettes.

Air Jordan 1 Mid: Mindfulness (Luka Dončić)
A cool, tranquil palette of greens and violets characterizes the upper. Both heels feature the opaque phrases, "Breathe & Center" and "Center & Breathe."

The Air Jordan I Mid releases April 30 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker, footlocker.com and nike.com.

Nike Air Force 1: Music (De'Aaron Fox and Brittney Griner)
Outlined in Neptune Green, the Swoosh and the heel tab feature a lenticular design inspired by acoustic waveforms. An amplified design, using hotter reds and yellows, appears on the lateral forefoot and on the sockliner.

The Nike Air Force 1 releases May 14 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker and online at footlocker.com.

Nike Blazer Mid ’77: Motivation (Ben Simmons)
The suede, cracked-gray upper is the canvas for two graphics and phrases on the shoe's lateral side — "Heart in the Game" on one, and "Pride & Passion" on the other. "Dedication" and "Motivation" read on the back heel tabs.

The Nike Blazer Mid ’77 releases May 21 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker and online at footlocker.com.

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April 27, 2020 - The Converse G4 revives the brand’s loud, late-’80s basketball aesthetic for the modern positionless player through a dynamic combo of Nike React foam in the heel and Nike Zoom Air in the forefoot.  

The two technologies form a natural pairing for heel-to-toe transition. In the G4, the connection supports a cycle that absorbs, stores and transfers energy for movements on both ends of the court, and the responsive process is further supported by the reductive arch sculpting on the shoe’s outsole platform.

“The reload aspect comes from the Nike React foam technology in the heel, and the explosive component comes from the Nike Zoom in the forefoot," says Brandis Russell, VP of Converse Footwear. "When a player comes down on their heel, the shoe activates the stored energy, and allows him or her to propel forward, especially for relentless players like Draymond Green."

So, for example, as soon as a player like Green comes down with the rebound, there’s no hesitation—he’s already leading the fast break to make a play.

The upper, notably in the hi-top, is an extension of its cultural predecessor, the Converse ERX. The thicker collar padding at the ankle helps provide comfort, while giving the shoe its boot-like muscle.

The Converse G4 releases May 1 on converse.com

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Two Silhouettes, Two Colorways, One Special Meaning for Russell Westbrook

April 21, 2020 - Two colorways from Russell Westbrook's signature line — the Jordan Westbrook One Take and the Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3—feature details that honor Westbrook's late best friend and teammate.

On the Why Not? Zer0.3, a KB3 patch appears on the shoe's lateral side, while the green and desert sand color scheme is loosely inspired by camouflage print, reflecting how the two friends were always ready to go to battle for each other.

The green is more vivid in the new Jordan Westbrook One Take through its volt upper, an unconventional variation on camouflage green. Thick, overt stitching appears over the textile material with synthetic overlays. Zoom Air cushioning under the ball of the foot is paired with aggressive traction in a two-section rubber outsole.

The Jordan Westbrook One Take releases globally in its volt green colorway later this summer. The Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 colorway releases May 11. Both silhouettes will be available in grade-school sizing.

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The Latest Air Max Verona Colorways Draw Inspiration from Classic ’90s Running Shoes

April 17, 2020 - New colorways of the Nike Air Max Verona, a women’s silhouette debuted in early 2020, draw bold and bright colorway-inspiration from classic ’90s runners, including the OG white and blue Nike Air Verona (the first women's-specific Air Max), the crimson and magenta Nike Air Max 180 (the first Air Max to featured blow-molded 180 Max Air in the heel) and a women's pink and blue colorway of the 1992 Nike Air Pegasus (Nike's longest-running franchise). In addition to referencing these icons of footwear through color play, the latest Nike Air Max Verona pays homage to its ’90s predecessors with material references that include the use of classic mesh, suedes, rubber and branding.

The latest Nike Air Max Verona colorways release this Spring on the Nike App and nike.com.

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The Air Force 1 LX and Air Max 98 LX Offer Personal Choice

April 16, 2020 - The latest women's Nike Air Force 1 LX and Air Max 98 LX conceal mystery colorways underneath a white upper layer made of textile, a breathable, synthetic material. That layer offers a creative function: Wearers can peel back as much — or as little — material for a one-of-a-kind design. (The shoe packaging provides additional details to guide the creative process.) Both styles will be available with two distinct premium lower layers.

The NSW Women's Air Force 1 LX and Air Max 98 LX are available this spring on nike.com and the Nike App.

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April 15, 2020 - Featuring a tie-dye upper, transparent midfoot overlay and ice-blue outsole, the Nike Adapt BB 2.0 Tie Dye releases April 18 throughout Greater China. It releases in North America later in summer 2020.

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