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Air Jordan 3 “Pure White”

Few things are more quintessentially summer than a clean pair of white sneakers. With the sun shining and the temperature rising through the summer months you’ve gotta stay cool with your footwear, and Jordan Brand has got you covered this season with the “Pure White” Air Jordan 3s.

A tonal take on the iconic Jordan silhouette, the “Pure White” offers a stately tumbled leather upper, complete with tonal branding and tonal elephant print detailing on the toe and heel. A white midsole adds to the stark look and an icy blue outsole offers a cool summertime contrast. For a final summer touch, the 3’s standard orange hang tag is replaced by a completely clear variant.

Need to get a pair of this extra-fresh 3s for your summer rotation?

Source: Sneakernews

Nike Air Max 180 Black/Pink Blast

We take a look at the latest rendition of a retro Nike runner, the Nike Air Max 180 Black/Pink Blast-Wolf Grey.

 

2018 was a good time to hit full steam on the Air Max 180 colorways. This year has been highlighted by a very tangible focus on the chunkier, “dad shoe” aesthetic. As such, the return of the AM 180 is being met thus far with largely positive reviews. Of course, like some other retro runners, it didn’t quite debut to that sort of reaction.

 

As the third Air Max runner to come out of Nike’s design efforts, this was a bit of a yawn-fest. What’s interesting is that not even an Olympics push, centering around the endorsement of one Michael Jeffrey Jordan, was enough to get this shoe selling. It was, if you can believe it, too much of a “dad shoe” for the time it dropped.

 

Nonetheless, what Nike put out was a first in its class. For those of you who are big on VaporMax and love the concept of exposed and unrestrained Air, the AM 180 is the OG. This was the first shoe to feature an Air bubble that made direct contact with the ground.

 

Here, we see the shoe return in a colorway that brings together muted tones as well as a splash of color. The upper sees a Black base throughout the leather and neoprene construction.

 

That splash of color is courtesy of Pink Blast notes via the later Swoosh branding and tongue logo. We also see that same hue on the Air cushioning, bordered by a section of Wolf Grey.

 

Available now, don’t let these slip under your radar!

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.

Out on January 26th, make sure you don’t sleep on these low-key gems!

Air Jordan 13 Altitude

Each of the models in the signature Air Jordan line is special for individual reasons. Particularly, the earlier models come with a unique mythology associated with the man himself. Michael Jordan’s on-court ability was something the world had never seen before, it made sense for his sneakers to match that. From its conception onwards, the Air Jordan line has been about adding to the performance of one of the greatest athletes to ever live. The Air Jordan 13 was no deviation. We take a look at the legendary sneaker in this latest “Altitude” iteration.

Back when the Air Jordan 13 first dropped, in 1997, it was released in some limited options. Though this colorway isn’t part of that OG heritage, this isn’t the first time the “Altitude” 13s have made a splash. In 2010, a version of this iteration released with a mesh base on the upper. Five years before that, our first taste of this colorway took on leather overlays. This latest release ditches its most recent mesh for an OG leather. For 90s sneaker aficionados, this will surely be a welcome decision. Though it takes slightly longer to break in from a performance standpoint, leather uppers were a staple at a time when basketball sneakers were innovative and new.

The color scheme is going to sell out quickly, thanks to a mostly blacked-out upper. The Green here comes to us via the Jumpman logo on the tongue and a darker shade on the lateral piece – the “eye” –  towards the heel. A matching Altitude Green outsole finishes things off, adding some color to a sneaker that is otherwise as somber as it gets.

As with most retro Jordan models, it would be a bit of a stretch to break this out for your next pick up game with friends. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t lace them up to turn some heads on the way to the court.

Air Jordan 11 “Win Like 82”

The Jumpman exemplifies their story telling focus yet again with the upcoming Air Jordan 11 “Win Like 82.” This no-frills colorway combines one of the many pieces of lore from Michael Jordan’s career with a digestible colorway. The result is a model that is sure to be hotly pursued upon release. As always with the man himself, the story of this Jordan model is centered around winning.

The “Win Like 82” concept is a direct reference to Michael’s time with the University of North Carolina Tarheels. In 1982, the plucky shooting guard, who was yet to blow us away on a wider scale, sank a game-winning shot to secure a national title. As such, the colorway, turning an eye to Blue and White, is a subtle shoutout to the Tarheels on the AJ 11.

The shoe’s tech features are, as with all retros, unchanged. Midnight Navy adorns the patent leather portion of the upper, gleaming against even the slightest bit of light. The rest of the sneaker is in a crisp White theme, with the only other contrast being a University Blue on the Jumpman logo. An Icy midsole finishes off the look.

If the legend of the GOAT isn’t enough for you, consider this release a good alternative to the iconic “Concord” model. Look out for these when they drop on November 11th.

Air Jordan 4 “Alternate Motorsports”

The Air Jordan 4 is having a revival year in 2017, and it may be because the Jumpman has stumbled onto a strategy. Recently, we’re seeing this model in a slew of premium iterations, adding substantial hype to what would otherwise be “meh” inducing releases. That tactic continues on the sneaker’s most recent release, seen here in a Black and Royal Blue scheme.

 

The upper’s build is in a premium leather throughout, joined by synthetic accents of Wolf Grey along the lateral sides. Touches of Royal Blue come via the shoe’s inner lining and outsole, giving this sneaker a look that flips the “Motorsport” pair.

 

You’re really spoiled for choice this year when it comes to the AJ 4, but this might have taken the proverbial cake. Boasting a premium mix of some basic colors, you won’t want to miss out on this versatile outfit finisher. Look out for these on June 17th.

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.