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Nike Air Foamposite One Rust Pink

The Nike Air Foamposite One Rust Pink is as ready for the Spring months as a shoe can possibly be. The always unique retro basketball sneaker hits us hard with the warmer weather vibes in this Rust Pink colorway, taking full advantage of that iconic Posite upper.

 

It’s always interesting to see such an aggressively designed shoe make this sort of impact from an aesthetic standpoint. One thing’s for sure, some of us who’ve gone through an extended winter will be grateful for some warmer colorways to debut on classic Swoosh models.

 

The Foamposite One is a revolutionary piece of performance footwear design. By now, most of us have heard at least one incredible aspect of this shoe. One of the more eye-opening facts about the Air Foamposite One is always going to be how ridiculously expensive it was to put that funky upper together – reportedly costing as much as six figures for one piece to be put together!

 

Here, that scientific wonder takes on the Rust Pink scheme gracefully. The gleaming shade of Pink gives the shoe’s upper a festive glow, serving as an appropriate contrast to its tonal Black base. The Pink mini Swoosh is a nice touch as well.

 

The pull-tab comes with Pink striping details. Along with the translucent outsole, we get that familiar carbon fiber midfoot shank to wrap things up on this look.

 

It’s not quite the performance-heavy hitter it used to be back in the day. With that being said, the Foamposite One has gone on to become one of the more coveted pieces of Nike’s extensive catalog. Considering the unchanging nature of this shoe’s basic design structure, you can expect to see it continue to withstand the test of time.

 

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Nike PG 2 Palmdale

The Nike PG series, as a young as it still is, represents the resurgence of one of the NBA’s brightest stars, Paul George. After a terrible injury forced the NBA All-Star to sit out an entire year’s worth of basketball, the PG signature came to us just as the forward returned to action, to the delight of hoops fans everywhere. The PG 1 was a huge success, for a number of reasons. Those same hints of a home run are evident here in the second piece of George’s Nike signature. We take a look at the Nike PG 2 ‘Palmdale.’

 

The colorway and its nickname are an homage to the superstar’s hometown, Palmdale, California. A Clay Green base is accompanied by accents such as Orange on the inner lining and midsole speckle details. A translucent outsole wraps this lookup nicely for a functional basketball shoe. Speaking of which, the tech here is pretty minimalist. The upper’s construction consists of a mix of mesh and synthetic leather. The sneaker comes with an inner sleeve, working with the forefoot strap to smoothly lock your foot in place. As usual with the PG line, cushioning is more about court feel, offering up a light Nike Zoom Air Bag in the forefoot

 

Paul George’s signature sneakers are doing a great job following the blueprint set by the Kyrie line. Basically, don’t go crazy on the tech and make the shoe infinitely customizable. The color combinations alone have made the PG 1 a memorable sneaker. They should help the second installment sell just as well. With that being said, the functional elements here are nothing to sneeze at either, boasting a balanced performance profile.

 

Get shifty on the court and look good doing it, that’s the Nike PG 2 promise.

 

Nike Kyrie 4 All Star

Kyrie Irving’s fourth signature sneaker coincides with his fifth year as an NBA All-Star. Nike couldn’t possibly be anything less than pleased with how this endorsement turned out. Throughout this relationship, the Swoosh and Irving have been behind some of the best selling basketball sneakers in recent years. In fact, Kyrie’s sneakers have become something of a unique section of sneaker culture. Now, as we move into yet another boisterous colorway of the line’s fourth installment, the shoe remains as Kyrie-esque as ever. The Nike Kyrie 4 All-Star celebrates the superstar guard’s status in the game.

 

Being one of the leading vote-getters in the All-Star game is pretty darn impressive. Being selected to the game five different times? That’s truly special. We’ve seen some great All-Star looks from Kyrie, but this one is a bit special. The upper takes on a Black base rocking a White tie-dye graphic throughout. The Swoosh stands out here in a Purple hue, complimenting the Pink tongue branding. On that note, there are some interesting personal branding details here as well.

 

On the inside, the shoe’s insole has inscriptions that shoutout Venice Beach, California. We also see a “5x All-Star” print, noting the occasion. That being said, arguably the most interesting detail is on the back of the shoe’s tongue. There, we see what looks to be an embroidered All-Seeing Eye detail. It’s an appropriate addition, considering the All-Star’s admitted status as a bit of a conspiracy theorist. Hey, I’ll believe just about anything Uncle Drew says!

 

The Kyrie 4 isn’t exactly a technological marvel, sporting minimal cushioning and support features as well as a synthetic upper. Still, combining world-beating traction with customization potential isn’t a bad idea either.

NIKE’S 2018 NBA ALL-STAR LINE UP

 

To celebrate the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Nike partnered with athletes and collaborators to launch special apparel and footwear makeups that serve basketball’s unique attitude on and off the court. Here’s a first look at what’s dropping beginning February 15.

KOBE PROTRO X UNDEFEATED
Back in ’06, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points against Toronto wearing his first signature Nike shoe. The Kobe I Protro revisits that design with the latest performance innovations. For this release, Nike has partnered with Undefeated to reimagine the Protro for the city of LA.

LEBRON X KITH
Chapter two of LeBron James and KITH’s Long Live the King collection is made up of footwear and apparel designed for royalty.

90/10 PACK
Nike considers footwear a canvas for self-expression, so each design of the latest take on Nike icons (including the Special Field Air Force 1 Hi, Air More Money, Vandal Hi Supreme, Air Force 1 Low and Huarache) in this collection is 90-percent completed. The final 10 percent is left to the wearer’s imagination thanks to a white-based canvas upper that allows for customization in a multitude of ways.

AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE XX QS
The Air Foamposite One first dropped in the 90s, but its futuristic look (delivered by pouring a synthetic liquid into a mold) still astounds today. This cosmic colorway of the basketball classic was first seen in 2011 as a sample of the Galaxy iteration but has not been produced until now.

NIKELAB X RT VICTORIOUS MINOTAURS
Fashion designer Riccardo Tisci continues his style-forward streetwear collection with Nike, celebrating on- and off-court basketball style through his mythical squad, The Victorious Minotaurs. The collection’s bold silhouettes include apparel, footwear, and accessories.

AIR ZOOM GENERATION
LeBron James’ debut signature shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, was originally released in 2003. The sneaker’s responsive cushioning, lightweight support and breathability returns in a wheat colorway.

ASW PLAYER EDITIONS

In celebration of the NBA All-Star Game’s return to Los Angeles, Nike is unveiling three signature player edition (PE) shoes inspired by communities in and around the City of Angels. A heat-activated Swoosh that changes colors to reveal iconic Southern California landmarks completes each shoe.

KYRIE 4 ASW 
Taking inspiration from Venice, this shoe features a tie-dye graphic print that captures the culture of the city. The light blue outsole represents the ocean and pink sock liners show a custom graphic of the city and the well-known Venice sign at the corner of Pacific and Windward avenues.

KDX ASW
This Santa Monica-inspired version has a multi-color knitted upper that highlights the array of colors seen during a quintessential sunset on the Santa Monica Pier. The insole contains a custom Santa Monica graphic and a marble-pattern outsole grounds the design.

PG2 ASW
Looking to Paul George’s hometown of Palmdale for design direction, these colors represent the various aspects of the Inland Empire. The gray represents the desert and dust of Palmdale, while the orange is meant to highlight the sunset on the horizon. The pop of green is a nod to the nature around this area. Lastly, the sock liner features a custom graphic of Palmdale, and a grit out and midsole highlight the city’s terrain.

Air Jordan XXXII CNY

The Air Jordan line’s affinity with celebratory releases continues, now finding its way to their latest signature performer. The Chinese New Year edition of Jumpman models has been a noticeably successful habit for the brand. Chinese has always been a strong market both for basketball and Jordan Brand specifically. You could put together a respectable catalog of releases made up entirely of special celebratory Chinese editions alone. For the brand, it’s a solid marketing effort. For the rest of us, it’s another captivating look at the signature line. We check out the Air Jordan XXXII “Chinese New Year.”

This color scheme is about as expressive as it gets. Hues of Green, Gold, White, and Red sit comfortably on a Black based upper. The back end of this sneaker is where all of the glitz of this scheme comes to life. Details include depictions of fireworks and flowers, all stitched on to really stand out. These details become even more impressive considering they sit on an otherwise minimalist performance-woven upper. The front portion boasts what appear to be scale-like detailing in White, leading up to the forefoot and toebox. The look is rounded out thanks to a crisp White midsole.

February 16th marks the celebration of Chinese New Year. Reportedly, we are entering the Year of the Dog.

The Air Jordan XXXII is a pretty fantastic choice for this release. Its unique build offers up a few elements to play around with in terms of design. Unlike some of the other elite basketball sneakers out there, a woven upper is mixed in with synthetic sections, boasting some potential variability. We’ve already seen this CNY color scheme on the Air Jordan VI, but this release stands on its own merits.

As a performance model, the Air Jordan XXXII is still a very play-friendly shoe, even in celebratory drops such as this one. Despite the overflow of expressive design, this performance-woven upper – a go-to for the brand since the AJ XXX – sports some surprising durability. The synthetic elements of the shoe also add to its stability profile. Off the court, it’s arguably even more impressive. This boisterous look for the Air Jordan XXXII wouldn’t have worked as well on another base color. The choice to go with Black looks like it was a fantastic one.

Out now, you won’t want to miss this memorable take on the XXXII.

Nike Air Pippen

Whether you rep “Flax” or “Wheat,” the tan look is always a great choice. Frankly, there are very few colorways that are as widely beloved. Knowing this, Nike has continued to cruise through release after release of Wheat goodness. Some of the most iconic models in the Swoosh catalog have gotten the tan treatment, making for almost entirely different shoe each time. This time around, it looks another underrated model is adopting the look. The Nike Air Pippen 1 Wheat is going all boot-look on us, gracefully decked out in a seasonal hue.

This pair has Timberland vibes so heavy that you might want to throw on a parka. The upper’s main color is in Desert Ochre. The palette choice really helps the leather panels and stitch details come to new life. Much like the Air Max 95, the Air Pippen 1 has always been conducive to extra texture. Those wavy lateral grooves add an extra bit of flash and spark to just about any color scheme. Desert Ochre, it seems, is no exception. The only thing prettier than that might be that off-white midsole which really makes this shoe look like it was dipped in a latte. Delicious!

The Pippen hasn’t always gotten its fair share of consumer love. After all, it’s one of the foremost symbols of a bygone era in sneaker design. Basketball shoes are far removed from the bulk and leather builds of the 1990s, back when Scottie was putting the clamps on anyone brave enough to face the Chicago Bulls. Much like the Air More Uptempo, this monstrous sneaker made sense when you consider its task of supporting one of the most gifted defenders in NBA history. It’s always nice to see the signature line get some more love.

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Nike Air Foamposite 1 Abalone

Among the long and storied line of Nike basketball shoes, the Foamposite holds a special place. This sneaker is kind of a Frankenstein of sneaker tech that was all sorts of audacious for its time. In fact, just the mold used to shape the upper would run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost. In short, it was a special release when the Foams first dropped. The years would go by since then and we’d see a number of incredible colorways release. After last year’s celebration of this model saw some old favorites return, the most recent iteration is going to be one for the books. We get a look at the Nike Air Foamposite One Abalone.

As far as backstories go, this is pretty darn unique. This iteration of the Foamposite 1 is inspired by, of all things, a sea snail. The Abalone is native to the California coastlines and has an iridescent lining along its inner shell. It’s that anatomical feature that is the visual inspiration for this colorway’s eye-catching upper. The Posite on the upper works well with most color palettes. With that being said, complex and abstract hues such as this play exceptionally well on this sneaker.

Detailing bits include anodized branding on both the heel and tongue. That unmistakable Penny logo really stands out in this shade of blue. We also see the usual suspects for this model, including a solid carbon fiber plate for support and a glossy outsole. The ankle collar, laces, and eye-stays are similarly styled in a tonal Black finish, setting off the iteration’s look.

It’s hard to tell if the aesthetic is more interesting than the backstory here. You can decide for yourself when these drops.