Category: Sneakers

Nike Air Max Lunar 1

What do you think about the new Air Max Lunar 1s? Check what Nike said about them:

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The Air Max 1 changed how the world saw cushioning; 27 years later, the time has come to change it once more.

“The revolution is reignited with the debut of the Nike Air Max Lunar1. In 1987, the debut of Visible Air changed the consumer’s connection to performance shoe design by revealing the innovation. In 2008, more than two decades later, Nike Lunarlon technology redefined cushioning by taking comfort and support into the space age with a new kind of responsive foam ride.

In both designs, whether it was the window to the sole highlighted by a boldly colored rand or the beveled ribs of Nike Lunarlon amplified in bold neon, the sole became the star.

The Nike Air Max Lunar1 is the definitive union of lightweight cushioning and flexibility. Traditional Air Max technology partnered with innovative Nike Lunarlon foam creates a new feel for an iconic form.

Innovative no-sew construction strips away the original paneling but retains the classic silhouette and familiar details that defined the original Air Max. Breathable mesh panels maintain the commitment to lightweight comfort that links every aspect of the Air Max Lunar1.”

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* via Nike, Inc.
http://nikeinc.com/news/re-revolutionized-the-air-max-lunar1#/inline/30742

 

Nike : Unveiling The KD7

Kevin Durant’s seventh Nike signature shoe combines performance innovation with a narrative around weather and lightning.

Legend has it that lightning never strikes the same place twice.  Fact is, neither does Kevin Durant; he strikes from everywhere on the court.

Nike has designed Durant’s seventh signature shoe to the specifications of the reigning Most Valuable Player and one of basketball’s most dynamic stars. The KD7 combines leading performance innovation with a colorful narrative pulled from Durant’s fascination with meteorology that began as a child and continues today.

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DURANT’S DIRECTION

Durant teamed with Nike designer Leo Chang to create the KD7, a process that began 18 months ago.  The challenge was trumping the KD6, Durant’s favorite shoe to-date and the model he wore in his MVP season while averaging 32 points per game and winning a fourth scoring title.

“It’s been a great journey with Nike and I’m confident giving Leo specific feedback on what I’m looking for in a shoe,” said Durant.  “For the KD7, I really wanted a shoe that allowed me to move quickly, while having great support and stability. I also wanted to bring back the strap.”

DESIGN INNOVATION : PERFORMANCE HYBRID

Chang’s performance objective for the KD7 was to provide Durant with the quickness and forefoot flexibility typically reserved for a point guard, combined with the stability and support in a shoe designed for a power forward.

Chang accomplished this “best of both worlds” design challenge by using seamless forefoot mesh, dynamic Nike Flywire technology and encapsulated Nike Zoom in the front of the shoe. Bridging the transition between the forefoot and heel is a midfoot strap. Chang combined Hyperposite support in the heel with a newly developed visible Nike Zoom Air bag for responsive cushioning.

The Hyperposite technology, making its debut in KD’s signature line, provides the reigning MVP with support for his evolved post moves and rebounding. The distinct Hyperposite look, an evolution to the original Foamposite, is also a nod to KD’s Maryland roots. His hometown region, affectionately known as the DMV – DC-Maryland-Virginia – has an ongoing love affair with Foamposite, which debuted two decades ago with the launch of the Nike Air Foamposite One in 1997.

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DESIGN INSPIRATION : LIGHTNING STRIKES

KD’s childhood interest in pursuing a career as a meteorologist first inspired the KD4 Weatherman colorway in 2011. The theme was incorporated into his fifth and sixth signature shoes and continues to take shape with the KD7.

The KD7 colorway narrative begins with lightning, and more specifically the average temperature of a lightning strike – 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It also builds on KD’s insight of wanting to be lightning-quick.

The KD7 35,000 Degrees colorway features a bright mango upper, volt outsole and hits of deep grey to represent the electric nature of lightning strikes. Stratospheric graphics and nods to lightning also appear on the sole and Swoosh.

Personal cues are featured on each of the KD7 colorways: a silhouette of his homestate of Maryland is embedded on the outsole; and the forefoot strap includes the names of his mother Wanda, his grandmother Barbara, his father Wayne and his brother Tony.

A matching Nike Elite Digital Ink sock using Nike’s new proprietary sock-printing process hooks to the shoe, apparel and a backpack to form the KD7 35,000 Degrees Collection.

Each of the five KD7 colorways this season will continue the weather-centric theme. The storylines were previewed at the KD7 global launch webcast today, with additional details coming tomorrow.

* via Nike Inc.
http://nikeinc.com/news/lightning-strikes-unveiling-the-kd7#/inline/30888

 

Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared Rumored for Black Friday

Before the highly anticipated holiday Air Jordan 11 release, the Jordan Brand may be bringing back another classic for Black Friday.

Below are early images of the Black/Infrared Air Jordan 6, last released as part of the ‘Infrared Pack’ in 2010. While there aren’t any detailed shots yet, the shoe is accented by a more accurate shade of infrared than the last drop and appears to feature the 3M reflective underlay that was absent. We’ll surely get a better look shortly.

As of now, you can expect this release to go down on Friday, November 28.

 

* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/air-jordan-6-black-infrared-rumored-for-black-friday/#ixzz35g2KLkvx

Marc Dolce & Scottie Pippen Are Designing a New Nike Air Pippen

In recent years, we’ve seen Marc Dolce resurrect the signature sneaker lines of Nike legends like Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway. The designs typically speak to the heritage of the lines, while introducing modern elements.

If you’re a fan of Dolce’s work, and also happen to be a fan of the Air Pippen signature line, you’ll be happy to know that Marc and Scottie Pippen have come together to work on an all-new sneaker.

On Instagram earlier today, Pippen shared the photo below, along with the caption, “Designing Pippen 6 w/ Marc Dolce. Coming soon!”

It’s exciting to see another brand legend back in the fold and working on a new shoe. What do you hope to see on the Pippen 6? Let us know in the comment section and stick with Sole Collector for updates.

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* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/marc-dolce-scottie-pippen-are-designing-a-new-nike-air-pippen/#ixzz35g1GdFM9

Converse Weapon Autographed by Magic Johnson

Fans of Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers have another showpiece they can add to their game room. Listed now for auction is a pair of purple and gold Converse Weapon sneakers, signed by the 6’9 point guard himself. This vintage collectible comes on the heels of Michael Jordan’s game-worn, autographed “Playoff” XIs and “Flu Game XIIs hitting the web, offering an alternative bit of nostalgia for members of Laker Nation. Peep photos of these classic Converse kicks below and bid now at eBay.

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* via Nice Kicks
http://www.nicekicks.com/2014/06/24/converse-weapon-autographed-magic-johnson-available-ebay/

Air Jordan 3 Retro ‘Sport Blue’

Today’s news brings us our first detailed look at this year’s upcoming release of the ‘Sport Blue’ Air Jordan 3 Retro.

The all new retro from the Jordan Brand takes on an OG-inspired look with a black leather build and classic elephant print overlays. Grey nubuck appears to take care of the tongue, while sport royal handles the tongue and collar lining, eyelets and parts of the midsole below.

The ‘Sport Blue’ Air Jordan 3 Retro is set to hit authorized Jordan Brand accounts on August 16th.

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* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/new-images-of-the-sport-blue-air-jordan-3-retro/#ixzz35cBBfubX

Women and Sneakers

What do you think of women and sneakers? Read the following from Tina Nabati on how she feels :

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Character. Charm. Class. Qualities women can possess while wearing sneakers? YES.

In a world where the pain of regular waxing has been replaced with a handful of laser sessions and frizzy hair has been replaced with a Brazilian blowout treatment, why can’t the pain of heels be replaced as well? Beauty does not always have to be pain.

When I first got into sneakers around the age of nine, it was due to the Air Jordan XI in black and red. I became obsessed with the patent leather combination—and with the thought of how sneakers can have an effect on any ensemble.

Since then, and throughout my schooling in footwear design, I grew a deeper love for sneakers simply for the challenge of dressing them to look just as feminine as a pair of heels. Wearing sneakers allowed me the benefits of heels, yet with no pain and the while making a statement in the process (a win-win in my book). What else was a non-tomboy to do? Now as a 28-year-old woman, I want more than anything to share my knowledge with other women so they too can be unique and comfortable at the same time.

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“In the fashion world, trends don’t really happen until the fashion gods say so.”

No matter how late they are to the party, The New York Times is right on track in questioning whether women’s sneakers are the next big trend. It started with the glamour mags and blogs, and is now at the big-time publishing rigs.

In the past couple years, I have noticed the effort more and more footwear brands have put into making sneakers cool for women, and for any age. I have blogged and spoken about it endlessly. But as with any product in the fashion world, trends don’t really happen until the fashion gods say so. That’s when brands take notice, and the trickle begins to affect the masses.

 I’m not saying ladies should rid themselves of heels completely. Oh lord, please no. We ladies love our heels and that nice butt lift that comes with them. But what I am saying is comfort is completely acceptable for any occasion, and can provide a stylish edge when done right.

Beyond trend, fashion as a whole has been pushed to many limits. I walk the streets of LA and see styles that defy labeling. It’s time this type of individuality come with the comfort of sneakers as well. They’re all it takes to completely change an outfit.

At the end of the day, everything has a time and place. So I say, mix it up. Street style sites and fashion blogs have endless photos of chic women in sneakers, with plenty of ideas on how to dress them femininely, with more than just jeans. Plus, we can definitely start looking forward to brands bringing us more innovative and attractive sneaker designs to experiment with in coming seasons.

Female sneakerheads have been ready, and now it’s a fun and challenging way for the fashionistas of the world to incorporate comfort with a new sense of character, charm, and class.

* via Complex Sneakers
http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2014/06/why-dont-more-women-wear-sneakers

 

Sole Collector’s “Everything You Should Know About The Air Jordan 11”

There’s a good case to be made for the Air Jordan XI being the most important and popular sneaker in modern times. And judging from the success of each and every retro release, chances are that there wouldn’t be much argument.

But how exactly did the Air Jordan 11 come to be? What inspired it? How was it designed? You may accept it as a classic, but do you know the whole story?

Check out the video here.

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* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/everything-you-should-know-about-the-air-jordan-11-video/#ixzz35WBgLwzW

Air Jordan 1 KO High ‘Royal’

As previewed back in March, the ‘Royal’ Air Jordan 1 KO High in scheduled to drop this fall.

Well, kind of. This pair actually makes use of Sport Blue to achieve the classic look. As you know, the blue hue will be featured heavily on Jordan retros this fall, coinciding with the first ever re-release of the ‘Sport Blue’ Air Jordan 6.

Does the less-then-royal shade throw the look off or will you still be in line for the release?

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* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/a-detailed-look-at-the-air-jordan-1-ko-high-royal/#ixzz358SpKTG1

Nike SB Stefan Janoski ‘Mint ‘n Chip’

This shoe may be nicknamed after an ice cream, but we have a feeling a few of you will be thinking ‘Tiffany.’ The shoe’s Crystal Mint canvas upper is completely covered black speckles, along with having a black Swoosh and lining.

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* via Sole Collector
http://solecollector.com/news/nike-sb-stefan-janoski-mint-n-chip-/#ixzz358RQa5M9