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John Elliott x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Friends and Family” to Debut at ComplexCon

Not that long ago, John Elliott was writing letters to Nike in hopes of one day designing sneakers for the brand. Fast forward to years later and Nike is asking him to do just that. Following the success of his Nike Vandal collaboration, Nike asked John to produce an Air Force 1 in honor of the shoe’s 35th anniversary. The offer, though, came with a stipulation.

John was tasked to re-imagine the shoe using its traditional white-on-white canvas. No other color was allowed. Thus, his approach to the shoe was by aesthetically altering its dimensions. He smartly reduced layers in an effort to evoke shadow, doubling up the overlays and cutting the Swoosh out of the foxing and replacing it with pebbled leather underneath. Other subtle details like the reduced eyelets and double layered tongue add depth and presence to the classic design.

This John Elliott x Nike Air Force 1 Low will be available only to friends and family at ComplexCon this weekend.

FINALLY…Beyond excited to share these!!! About a year ago, we had the opportunity to work on the 35th anniversary project for what is in my opinion the most iconic shoe ever, the @nike Air Force 1. There was one stipulation: it had to be all white. When tasked with working on such a culturally significant silhouette under the restriction of keeping it in an all white palette, I wanted to make sure that we included our DNA in the silhouette and tried to craft details that could potentially create color. To me the only way to do that was by adding and reducing layers to create shadows. Since this shoe is so rare lets run through some of what makes it special: Each overlay is doubled up to add dimension. We die-cut the swoosh out of the foxing and quarter and put pebbled leather underneath to create the appearance of it going inward and to create shadows. We took this layering theme and applied it to the smallest details – everything from a layered deubré, double lace keepers, layered aglets, and a double (layered) tongue. We then reduced small details like eyelets and vents down to a bead size. The finished product is something that I am excited to own and share with friends and family members this weekend at ComplexCon. [email protected]

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LeBron James Debuts Nike LeBron 15 “Long Live The King”

After a less than stellar start to the season, LeBron James single-handedly got his team back on track last night with a monumental 57 point performance against the Washington Wizards. James pulled this off in the “Ghost” colorway of his newly released Nike LeBron 15. But it was what he pulled out before the game that had everyone buzzing.

Nike LeBron 15 designer Jason Petrie went on record in months past and stated that along with zipped pairs of the 15, there would also be a strapped edition. James debuted the very-first pair of the latter last night.

Dressed in olive-green BattleKnit with a navy strap that snakes across the upper reading “Long Live The King,” James couldn’t have picked a more fitting night to break out his statement shoe. Grab a closer look at the Nike LeBron 15 Strap “Long Live The King” below and stay tuned for more details.

Nike LeBron 15 Strap "Long Live The King"
Nike LeBron 15 Strap “Long Live The King”
Nike LeBron 15 Strap "Long Live The King"
Nike LeBron 15 Strap “Long Live The King”
Nike LeBron 15 Strap "Long Live The King"
Nike LeBron 15 Strap “Long Live The King”

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Dan Lu x Vans Skate Collection // Available Now

Vans Skate Team rider Daniel Lutheran, a.k.a. Dan Lu, collabs with Vans for his customized Old Skool Pro and Style 112 Mid Pro.

Inspired by his energetic riding style, the custom Old Skool Pro features a vibrant pastel canvas upper. Together with the canvas upper, pearl pink suede sweeps across the iconic Sidestripe. Custom artwork created by Daniel sits prominently atop the insoles and includes a self-portrait. A New Mexico Zia insignia pays homage to the rider’s home state is displayed on the heel. The tongue features a handwritten signature in order to offer some personalization. It’s not an Old Skool without the UltraCush HD sockliners and classic waffle outsole.

Along with the Old Skool Pro, Vans released a personalized Style 112 Mid Pro. Pick up both pairs at your local Vans dealer or Vans.com/Skate.

Dan Lu
Vans Old Skool Pro “Dan Lu”
Dan Lu
Vans Old Skool Pro “Dan Lu”
Dan Lu
Vans Old Skool Pro “Dan Lu”
Dan Lu
Vans Style 112 Mid Pro “Dan Lu”
Dan Lu
Vans Style 112 Mid Pro “Dan Lu”

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Zach LaVine Signs Massive Shoe Deal With Adidas

With momentum across the brand in recent years, adidas Basketball looks to continue to add to its NBA starpower by officially inking rising Chicago Bulls scorer Zach LaVine to an endorsement deal.

First reported by our own Nick DePaula on ESPN, the 4-year deal could be worth as much as $ 35 Million after incentives, and gives the 6’5″ scoring wing and two-time Slam Dunk Contest champ an opportunity to become a future face of the brand. Of course, LaVine was a key centerpiece of this summer’s blockbuster trade that saw Chicago send All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He’ll be a focal point of the team’s offense once he hits the court this season, and is looking forward to making his mark in his new home, both with the Bulls and adidas.

“Adidas has a great brand presence already in Chicago and I want to take advantage of their resources immediately,” LaVine told DePaula. “Bringing my own flavor, touch and vision is something I’m really looking forward to, as well.”

For now, he’s expected to wear the Crazy Explosive model, with additional PEs in the works for the remainder of the season. The brand recently opened up a new flagship store in Wicker Park — at 5,000 square feet, it also happens to be the biggest Three Stripes store in the world. Stay tuned for more updates on the new adidas partnership for Zach LaVine.


LaVine working out in the adidas Dame 4

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Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red” // Available Now

Nike continues to roll out new iterations of the Air Max Plus and the latest version comes in a colorful “Chile Red” colorway.

Staying true to the original, this version of the Air Max Plus sports a black upper with chile red overlays. The chile red theme is featured prominently throughout the sneaker and a white midsole perfectly compliments the entire look of the Air Max Plus.

The Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red” is available now at Footshop.


Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

Nike Air Max Plus “Chile Red”

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Opinion // In defense of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Air Jordan 1 being named “Shoe Of The Year”

words // Nick DePaula:

I was on a panel way back in 2013, somehow tasked along with nine others to pick the “Shoe of the Year” — an impossible task for the most part. We each had tastes ranging across the spectrum of both performance and lifestyle. Some of us never cared about the tech or latest innovations, others exclusively valued the sheer looks, and a few others were admittedly heavily weighing hype, exclusivity and the attached name(s) more than anything.

Needless to say, the panel was a mess. After an hour of banter and back and forth, somehow the black / royal Air Jordan 1 was selected atop all others from an entire calendar year of relentless releases.

My choice was the LeBron 11, in black and red specifically. I thought that shoe was an undeniably incredible design, and featured new angles, new Swoosh placements and an ignorantly bouncy full Zoom Air unit that was amazing to walk around in. (They weren’t exactly great to hoop in, but this wasn’t a tech review session…)

I was badly outvoted down the stretch, but my biggest shouting point was that the so-called “Shoe of the Year” should represent THIS YEAR.

The Air Jordan 1 was the best shoe of 1985. It’s an icon in footwear that literally will never get old, no matter how many remakes, re-issues or even Flyknit editions get released.

The black/royal colorway also happened to be my very first Jordan shoe, back on October 6, 2001 — a day I still fondly and vividly remember. But the shoe shouldn’t be remembered as an iconic entry for 2013, or even 2001, as far as I’m concerned. It’ll be just yet another time (of so, so many) that Jordan Brand re-released one of its classic early models.

With all of that said, I’m actually 10000% on board with Footwear News’ designated “Shoe of the Year” selection for 2017 — the Off-White Air Jordan 1, designed by Virgil Abloh.

Sure, it’s also the same base model that originally released in 1985, in pretty much the exact original ‘Chicago’ colorway that it’s remembered for, but this version means so much more, and for so many different reasons.

When Virgil Abloh set out to design an entire lineup of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, latest innovations (and perhaps-forced-because-politics additional add-ons), he did so with a lofty deconstructed and loose approach to filter through each of the ten designs.

“What we’re talking about here is larger than sneakers, it’s larger than design culture. It’s nothing short of state-of-the-art design,” Virgil framed it in his NikeInc release. “These 10 shoes have broken barriers in performance and style.”

With Michael Jordan’s debut signature edition serving as the pinnacle model of “The Ten” for the Chicago native-turned designer, Abloh set out to reveal the panels, layers and details that went into each of the original designs.

And he crushed it.

The Air Jordan 1 in particular, took on a level of cultural impact that quite frankly, Jordan Brand had been shockingly absent on of late. For the last few years, there’s been a weird haze clouding the brand. The game shoe has been mostly unveiled to a sea of indifference, the most beloved Retro models are sitting at stores, and the brand’s general aura has been seemingly, slowly slipping away.

Virgil helped to not only reinvigorate the perception of a retro Jordan sneaker, but did so while putting his own imprint onto the entire look of the model — this isn’t just some new exercise in color and panel choices.

It’s the exact opposite — it’s a collaborative take using an already iconic colorway. There’s a nuance to the finished product that can be seen across the entire “Ten” series, that perhaps Abloh didn’t even initially realize he’d be soon achieving.

Either way, the capsule also allowed for the Air Jordan 1 to be worn by a wide array of folks considered to be at the pinnacle of influence from the blurred silos of the athlete, entertainer, fashion or guy-with-Instagram worlds.

From the start, the collaboration could be perceived as new territory for the brand, and a departure from Jordan’s comfort zone. The fact that the best photography of the shoe during the early stages of its seeding featured the 1 High styled along with adidas Calabasas pants said a lot.

That’s how real people wear things nowadays — but it’s literally never an image you’d see from a brand, of course. The Off-White collection has shown up in all tiers of fashion, from emerging youngster Luka Sabbat, to Virgil himself at the Met Gala, and a host of others simply on the go, allowing the shoe to take on a creative lens that Nike has been desperately seeking to connect to.

And then, there’s the damn quote marks, which stated overly obvious items on each shoe in plain capslock text, in this case “AIR” – “85” – “SHOELACES.” They’ll most definitely become a signature touch of Virgil’s for the forseeable future.

When he hand-scribed out early seeding pairs to friends and celebs, the “Air Whoever” midsole text added a nice personal touch. Now, we’re seeing Abloh double-quote literally every Instagram Story caption, or something as simple as “Logo” below the iconic Swoosh of a Nike shirt.

The spontaneity of the premise has allowed for people to put their own spin on the approach, all while being admittedly simple, subtle and even juvenile, a hallmark of the early Off-White design approach.

With the help of a well-executed “Ten” launch event-slash-panel in New York aiming to explore that inner ability of expression, dubbed “OFF CAMPUS,” Nike has repositioned itself favorably amongst a crowd of creatives. It was that entire premise of being a “creator” that had been at the root of adidas’ surge in popularity, adoption and relatability over the past two years.

Thanks to Virgil, I can honestly say that there’s a new perception, and a new view towards the Jordan Brand, and the greater Nike as a whole. The Off-White Air Jordan 1 might not be the most mind-blowing design the industry has ever seen, it doesn’t take innovation or technology to a new place, and surely has seen its audience of critics along the way. In many ways, Nike took a leap of faith to allow Virgil to even “DESIGN” ten nine of its most celebrated silhouettes, and the newest Hyperdunk, in the first place.

The collection — headlined by the Air Jordan 1 — also unquestionably captured our attention since the summer and into the fall, nudged Nike along in righting the ship of this awkward and unexpected slump of sorts, and can deservedly be dubbed the “Shoe of the Year,” even if the base model didn’t actually debut in 2017.

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Aleali May’s Air Jordan 1 Pop-Up at Undefeated Was Very LA

Over the weekend, for the exclusive release of her Air Jordan 1 at Undefeated, Aleali May saw her designer dreams come to life. Her highly coveted collaboration with Jordan Brand is a towering success, and she shared it with the city of Los Angeles in a very intimate and extremely nostalgic way.

Tracing back to her youth and that of many others who grew up in LA’s inner city, Undefeated repurposed its brick and mortar on South La Brea Ave. in ode to the famous Slauson Swap Meet. From the bright-colored signage out front to the well placed wall displays, the pop-up ventured back decades to re-create a theme that helped shape May’s adoring yet edgy aesthetic. And the city came out in support of her efforts, lining up in droves for hours on end with hopes to secure the mixed material Air Jordan 1 brimming in corduroy, satin and chenille. They also caught a glimpse of a few celebs in the process.

Take an inside look at Aleali May’s Air Jordan 1 x Undefeated pop-up shop below and let us know where you rank this shoe among your best of 2017.

 

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Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher” // Release Date

The Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher” leads the pack of another drop of inspirational and colorful kicks concocted by the youth.

Designed by 11-year old Brody Miller, this passionate pair replaces “AIR” tagging with that of his initials, serving as a superhero PE of sorts for the young Portland native fighting a rare brain condition. Imagination illuminates over the blue upper, representing a comic hero named Generator Man made by the kid who dreams of being a cartoonist. His first foray in sneaker design proves striking with lightning bolt toe boxes and “Be Strong” glow-in-the-dark soles beaming with good vibes.

The Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher” will release in adult and youth sizes on SNKRS on November 18th. Check ’em out below.

Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher”

Release Date: November 18, 2017


Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher”

Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher”

Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher”

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Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher” // Release Date

Carissa Navarro keeps it warm, fuzzy and fun on her Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher” design.

Showing love to her twin sister who gave her a kidney that kept her alive, the design also shows love to her appreciation of pizza, basketball and her dog.

Look for the Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher” to launch in adult and youth sizes on November 18th on SNKRS.

Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

Release Date: November 18, 2017


Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher”

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Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher” // Release Date

The most talked about new model of 2017 gets its most meaningful makeup in the form of the Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher” drop.

Designed by Andrew Merydith, this loud launch plays off his love of both football and DMX, decking out the Flyknit upper in both green and purple hues.

Sporting a personalized tongue logo made by Andrew himself, the Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher” will launch on SNKRS on November 18th in adult and youth sizes.

Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher”

Release Date: November 18, 2017


Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher”

Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher”

Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher”

Nike Air VaporMax “Doernbecher”

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