Japanese footwear retailer atmos presents the ninth installment in its ongoing collaboration with adidas Originals. The latest exclusive release sees the brand’s classic Superstar 80s silhouette in black, with reflective 3M detailing and a unique phosphorescent glow-in-the-dark serpent pattern. Priced at ¥14,000 JPY (approximately $ 127 USD), the limited G-SNK 9 is now available for pre-order here. Check out the images of this exclusive shoe above.
Jordan’s Jumpman logo is one of the most recognized marks in the athletic footwear industry. But what is the full story behind the logo? Sure, many sneakerheads know that it first was used on the tongue of the Air Jordan 3, but where did the inspiration come from for Tinker Hatfield when he was designing the iconic sneaker? Long story short, it happened even before Mike laced up in Nikes.
Following his outstanding college career, Michael Jordan played for one more team before joining the Chicago Bulls – Team USA for the 1984 Olympic Games. It was in preparations for the Games that Michael Jordan did a photoshoot while wearing Converse that he was first photographed doing what would later be known as the Jumpman pose which was done for LIFE Magazine preceding the Olympics.
It wasn’t until a photoshoot with Nike to promote the Air Jordan 1 in 1985 that MJ did the Jumpman pose in a pair of Nike shoes. Wearing the “Black Toe” Air Jordan 1 and a black and red Nike Air Jordan Flight Suit with the New York City skyline as a back drop, Michael Jordan soared into greatness with this pose.
Michael Jordan recalled doing the Jumpman pose in a 1997 interview with HOOP Magazine:
“I wasn’t even dunking on that one.
People think that I was.
I just stood on the floor, jumped up and spread my legs and they took the picture.
I wasn’t even running.
Everyone thought I did that by running and taking off. Actually, it was a ballet move where I jumped up and spread my legs.
And I was holding the ball in my left hand.”
The first two Nike Air Jordans, did have a special logo for Jordan; however, it was the “Wings” logo that designers Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore applied to the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2 respectively. One the Jordan 1 hangtag though, the image above was used as the first technical use of the Jumpman logo by Nike.
After two models in, legend has it that Michael Jordan was not terribly happy with Nike. An architect and budding footwear designer by the name of Tinker Hatfield was called in to work with MJ to work with him to better the relationship between Nike and MJ. While in the sketch phase and before any samples had been produced, Tinker Hatfield saw the image of the Air Jordan 1 photoshoot and a bulb went off.
The Air Jordan 3 was revolutionary like many of Tinker’s designs. It was the first mid-cut basketball shoe, it was the first to incorporate a lifestyle texture of elephant print, it was the first to feature Nike’s Air cushioning in a visible manner, and most notably, the first Air Jordan to feature the Jumpman logo which was placed on the tongue.
More than a quarter century of Air Jordan shoes since the AJ 3 and nearly two decades of Jordan Brand as a separate brand within Nike, the Jumpman silhouette remains and continues to grow in its iconic status.
For its latest release, Vans California looks to contrast not only colors, but materials in a two-part sneaker pack that consists of the Era Decon CA and new Sk8-Hi 46 CA – an updated Sk8-Hi with dissected quarter panels. Dubbed the “Hickory Mix,” this capsule collection pairs a soft black suede with a blue hickory-striped textile, a material typically seen on overalls and carpenter jeans. Both models will be available at select retailers during the month of October for $ 70 USD and $ 80 USD respectively.
Depending upon how serious you take your sartorial rules, the latest Air Jordan Mid may be right up your alley. With its post-labor day release the Air Jordan 1 Mid White/Cool Grey accurately portrays its name as this monochromatic silhouette employs white throughout a majority of the upper as well as incorporating cool grey accents throughout the various Air Jordan branding, thus creating a clean aesthetic for the subdued months of autumn. If you’re interested in the latest iteration of this Air Jordan model head over to TITOLO as the Air Jordan 1 Mid White/Cool Grey-White is available.
Taipei-based Ne.Sense, otherwise known as Necessity Sense, will soon celebrate the opening of its first store on October 11. Launched with the goal of incorporating concepts from both a pop-up store and showroom, the store will carry exclusive independent brands including Chapter, Cmmn Swdn, ETQ, Filling Pieces, I Love Ugly, Second/Layer, Stampd, The/End, 424, and many more. To unveil its first lineup of releases, Ne.Sense presents its Fall/Winter 2014 editorial campaign, titled “Outcast” and shot in the vast reaches of a rare white sand desert. For more information, check out the Ne.Sense home page here. For those interested in attending the grand opening of the shop, head over on Saturday, October 11 starting at 3pm.
Ne.Sense’s Grand Opening
Jilong Road Section 2
#52 1F, Xinyi District
Next up to black out and join the onslaught of “Triple Black” releases is the popular hybrid Nike Flyknit Roshe Run. As the name suggests, the entire silhouette is indeed dressed in a tonal black palette fashionably void of any other color. Pitch black from its knitted honeycomb-like mesh upper to its Natural Motion sole, you can head over to Afew today to pick up a pair of the the Nike Flyknit Roshe Run “Triple Black”.