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Nike Flyknit Racer “Be True”

In yet another installment of the brand’s progressive “Be True” line, Nike releases the Flyknit Racer in a special colorway. 2016’s LGBT Pride month celebrations saw the Nike Air Max Zero release in a similar scheme. This time, the Racer is the model of choice, taking on specific aesthetic hints.

A multi colored Swoosh sits robustly on a White/ Black Flyknit upper. A closer look reveals more subtle pieces of color way on the upper’s base, bordering the Swoosh. As with previous “Be True” iterations, contrast is the order of the day here as a relatively nondescript base on the upper really brings out the multi colored aspects. As an additional touch, we also see a “BE TRUE” script on the tongue.

The technical aspects here remain the same, of course. In any case, this isn’t a release that is looking to break any standards in that department. Rather, it’s a continuance of Nike’s pro-LGBT rights stance, expressed via an eye-catching and solid colorway.

Release Date 1/6/2017

Air Jordan 4 “Pure Money”

It’s easy to imagine how much hype this release must have garnered upon its original release. Back in 2006, much like today, All-White is one those color schemes that seems to make just about any sneaker look much better. The Air Jordan 4 “Pure Money” is sure to still inspire line-ups.

The upper on these beauties is in a premium leather, including that iconic lateral mesh window. Chrome hints come via the heel Jumpman branding and signature waffle lace loops. The “Pure Money” theme might conjure thoughts of a Green take. But, the interpretation on this model is less about greenbacks and more of what you might see in a 90’s R&B music video. The monicker also has to with a reference to footwear luxury, combining a higher status aesthetic with iconic sneaker design.

The “Pure Money” Air Jordan 4 will be available globally on May 13th. It might go without saying but, don’t sleep!

Air Jordan 7 Pantone

One of the many reasons why Tinker Hatfield is so successful at what he does is this: the man can, and very often is, inspired by anything around him. The Air Jordan 7 is a prime example of this. It’s a project that has roots in Tinker’s reaction to posters of African art that he saw while in Portland. He loved them and wanted the 7’s design to reflect this.

Now, the Pantone colorway of this shoe is due out for a general release. The last time we saw this model, it was exclusively showcased at the 2010 World Basketball Festival. Heavy on the UNC influence, there were rumors about the potential release of this pair, but we hadn’t seen much realized until recently.

Seven years later, Jordan Brand finally brings to the public what has only been seen as a sample.

Look out for these when they drop on April 29th.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low “Carolina”

There really might not be a better time for Jordan Brand to go crazy with the Blue releases. Sure, it’s one of the more universally well received colorways out there. But, with MJ’s alma mater coming off a National Championship win, the brand could very well deck everything out in UNC Blue and get away with it.

The Air Jordan 11 Low has been one of the Jumpman’s easiest go-to’s for the summer months. Yet, splashing University Blue on the upper’s patent leather seems to amplify that even further. The motif is even present on the checkered designs of the shoe’s carbon fiber midfoot.

It might seem like all of the White sections will be tough to keep clean, but you should find it relatively easy to deal with the most common dirt and stains on this leather upper (as opposed to suede, for example). Beautiful colorway with some practicality added in? Yes, please!

Grab your own pair when these release on April 15th.

Air Jordan 1 “Royal”

For the casual onlooker or fairweather sneaker fan, it may seem like the “Royal” craze is a bit random. After all, it’s just the same old Air Jordan 1. The same leather, no-frills color scheme, etc. Why all the fuss? Well, the answer comes in parts.

The Air Jordan 1, having debuted in 1985, saw an influx of colorways. Unlike the 14 and the like, Nike rolled out up to nine versions of the sneaker. The “Royal” pair was perhaps the only one that came close to the notoriety of the BRED and Chicago iterations. As such, it’s a welcome alternative for those of us who missed out on those two when they released as retros. Because of its proximity with those colorways, the Royal scheme is part of the sneaker’s “OG 3.”

Beyond that, the initial Royal release was also rather well timed. It very closely followed that of the BRED colorway, which was banned from the NBA for not complying with the Bulls’ Red/ White/ Black requirement. Nike must have seen the success brought to them with the “Banned” marketing ploy and decided to agitate the NBA a bit more. As with the rest of the Jumpman line-up, the background of the Royal Air Jordan 1 is bigger than the shoe itself.