Special Edition Nike Metcon 4
February 09, 2018 - This special-edition Nike Metcon 4 comes in two complementary colorways to represent how dynamic duos can bring out the best in one another — specifically, workout partners who help each other push through the toughest training moments.
Functional fitness pros, Nike athletes and real-life power couple Lauren Fisher and Rasmus Andersen embody the strength and heart found in a perfect partnership. “Having a relationship with someone not only outside of the gym, but inside of the gym, means that we hold each other accountable and we make sure we stay on track with our goals,” said Fisher.
These training shoes reflect this accountability and interconnectedness through reverse mirror-image detailing (one shoe is black while the other is white, one has a solid Swoosh and the other has a transparent one and so on). Additionally, the purple and yellow accent colors on the heel and eyelets are exact opposites on the color wheel, meaning they perfectly complement each other.
The special-edition Nike Metcon 4 will be available in men’s (black) and women’s (white) sizes February 14 on nike.com and at select retailers.
The NikeCourt Fresh Pack
March 27, 2018 - In bright color schemes inspired by the vibrant style of 90’s tennis, the NikeCourt Fresh pack includes the Air Zoom Vapor X (shown first), the Air Zoom Cage 3 (shown second) and Air Zoom Ultra React (shown third).
NikeCourt athletes, including Simona Halep who's currently ranked world number one, will wear these throughout the European clay season until competition in Paris at the end of May.
“On clay, it’s important that the sole of the shoe lets you slide but isn’t slippery,” says Simona, who wears the NikeCourt Vapor X. All three shoes feature a modified herringbone pattern on the outsole that provides excellent traction on clay surfaces, while Air Zoom units offer cushioning for longer rallies typically seen on those courts. And for fun, black speckles on the upper represent clay splatter.
The NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultra React, Air Zoom Cage 3 and Air Zoom Vapor X will be available in women's colorways (shown) and men's colorways April 3 on nike.com and at select retailers.
AIR MAX 1/97 SEAN WOTHERSPOON
March 23, 2018 - The Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon will be available in toddler sizes in North America on March 31 and in Europe on April 7.
KOBE AD NXT 360
March 21, 2018 - Debuted tonight on DeMar DeRozan, the KOBE AD NXT 360 features a next generation Nike Flyknit upper that wraps the foot with 360-degree construction for a secure, second-skin fit. The shoe is equipped with a dual-density drop-in foam midsole made of Nike React technology and Lunarlon to maximize cushioning and response.
Nike Free x Metcon
The TPU-faced open mesh through the vamp is similar to chain mesh, so it’s light and breathable but also durable. The toe clip offers protection on the medial side during burpees, while the heel clip helps minimize drag during wall exercises such as handstand pushups. The triangle mid-foot rubber wrap and provides stability.
Laser-siped flex grooves in the forefoot maximize natural motion and forefoot flexibility for running and jumping, while minimal siping in the heel creates a stable platform for lifting.
The black core that pops out through the tri-stars at the bottom is a softer-density foam that provides cushion underfoot, while the outer shell is a firmer-density foam that doesn't compromise stability during lateral moves. Small laser dots on the outsole provide grip.
The Nike Free x Metcon training shoe will be available in men’s sizes on April 1 globally.
Converse Birth of Michael Jordan Pro Leather
March 09, 2018 - In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s NCAA title, and in recognition of the University of North Carolina’s 2017 championship, Tinker Hatfield and Dan Sunwoo have created a limited, friends and family edition of the Converse Pro Leather.
The shoe, which was worn by Jordan in the ’82 tournament, features a Jumpman rather than the customary Star Chevron. “MJ was wearing the Converse Pro Leather in the 1982 Championship. He is often quoted as saying he felt he became Michael Jordan in that moment,” explains Hatfield. “To signify the birth of MJ, I had the Converse logo fade out and the Jumpman appear.”
The left heel pays homage to the Tar Heels’ 1982 uniform short, while the right references the 2017 championship team’s version of the now traditional UNC argyle pattern.
The Converse Birth of Michael Jordan Pro Leather will be presented to the current UNC team, as well as friends and family of the program and Jordan Brand.
Air Jordan III Seoul
February 28, 2018 - Created by Tinker Hatfield and Dan Sunwoo as a special project in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, the Air Jordan III Seoul commemorates the 30-year anniversary of the city’s hosting of summer games and the moment Michael Jordan won the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest.
“I grew up a sneakerhead in Seoul and I wanted to create a shoe that pays homage to the creative energy of the city. Now is the perfect time, building on the momentum of the winter games and the love Korean consumers have for Jordan Brand,” says Sunwoo.
The Taegukgi (Korean flag) inspires the shoe’s overall color scheme, with the “taeguk” symbol expressed through the lining and collar’s blue and red and the white upper representing peace and purity (as it does on the flag). 서울 (Seoul) is featured on the left inner tongue, while the 1988 summer games motto 화합과 전진 (Harmony and Progress) is featured on the right inner tongue. The heel reads “Nike Air” in a clear nod to the original Air Jordan III.
The AJIII Seoul will go on sale March 10 on nike.com.kr and at the Jordan Hongdae store.
Nike LA Cortez
February 27, 2018 - No single connection between a shoe and a city is as strong as Los Angeles’ embrace of the Nike Cortez, originally released in 1972. That bond continues with the Nike LA Cortez, the latest Cortez collaboration between Nike and Nike athlete Maria Sharapova.
Combining her favorite sneaker with her favorite city — and the place she calls home — Sharapova, who has always had a strong eye for design and fashion, says she wanted to create a shoe that captured "LA’s high style." The color palette was inspired by LA’s laid-back vibes and the earthy hues of a West Coast sunrise. Playing off of Sharapova’s childhood interest in calligraphy, the shoe utilizes refined design lines for an off-court elegance. Thoughtful attention to craft and detail brings dimensional layering with premium suedes, leathers and soft gold accents.
"I love how it’s minimal and understated in certain ways, yet there’s so much attention to detail with the finishes, materials and even color," says Sharapova. "I was inspired by my morning walks along the coast on my way to practice, and I think we captured that peaceful essence in this shoe."
The Nike LA Cortez will launch March 1 at Nordstrom x Nike Sneaker Boutiques and on nordstrom.com, and March 2 on the SNKRS app, nike.com and at Nike The Grove and Nike Santa Monica.
Women's Nike SB Bruin Hi x Lacey Baker
February 21, 2018 - Black leather and a white Swoosh give this Women's Nike SB Bruin a clean, classic look. Designed by Lacey Baker, a pro skater and member of the LGBTQ community, the contrasting eye design on the heels represents visibility, which Baker views as an important value for people who aren’t normally seen in mainstream media.
The Women’s Nike SB Bruin Hi x Lacey Baker will be available February 24 on nike.com and at select retailers.
Nike Metcon 4 Invictus
February 21, 2018 - Invictus (which means “unconquered” in Latin) is a gym known for accessible and exceptional functional fitness training for all levels, from the novice who hasn’t exercised in years to the professional athlete who competes around the world. Since 2015, Nike and Invictus have partnered to create a special colorway of every edition of the Nike Metcon to date.
The design details of the new Nike Metcon 4 Invictus embody the box’s ethos — particularly the shoe’s tongue, which features their mantra (the famous Invictus poem by William Ernest Henley) that speaks to the strong character needed to overcome obstacles. Additionally, the primarily white-with-green-accents colorway is a nod to the “sea of green” Invictus fans are known for creating in the stands with their fan gear and “V” graphics from the gym’s logo appear on the upper.
The Nike Metcon 4 Invictus will be available in limited quantities beginning February 22 on Invictus’ website and at Invictus locations in San Diego, California.