Posts Tagged ‘Jordan’

Air Jordan 3 Michigan PE Arrives in Time for Bowl Season

On their way to the Outback Bowl, the Wolverines will be gifted more than just a Bloomin’ Onion. Yup, the Air Jordan 3 Michigan PE sees yet another perk of playing pigskin for Mike’s brand.

Following Air Jordan 13 PE Cleats and even Air Jordan 9 PE Boots, this is the most palatable pair for all as it updates the ’88 classic with a navy upper, maize branding and classic cement grey elephant print.

Peep ’em below.

University of Michigan Wolverines get a special Air Jordan 3 PE just for the Bowl Game #NiceKicks #UofMichigan

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Air Jordan 11 Low “Cool Grey” // Another Look

Next April, an adapted form of a favorite is set to impact with the Air Jordan 11 Low “Cool Grey” debut.

Imagined in Photoshop glory here at Nice Kicks years ago, the real deal is set to hit retail in below ankle fashion with most of its mid top qualities carried over. Per usual, grey covers the entire upper, with white gracing the laces and midsole and icy blue capping off the outsole. Perhaps polarizing, the suede on the upper appears long haired than the sportier mids.

Previewed by @pinoe77, get an early look at this spring retro below.

Air Jordan 11 Low "Cool Grey"
Air Jordan 11 Low “Cool Grey”
Air Jordan 11 Low "Cool Grey"
Air Jordan 11 Low “Cool Grey”
Air Jordan 11 Low "Cool Grey"
Air Jordan 11 Low “Cool Grey”

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Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year” Features Celebratory Graphics

The Year of the Dog is just a few months away and Jordan Brand is looking to celebrate with a commemorative Air Jordan 6. Certainly just one piece of a much larger offering, the 1991 produced silhouette highlights celebratory graphics that help ring in the Chinese zodiac.

Set to fireworks and lush floral accents, this dark-colored Air Jordan 6 denotes black overlays atop a tonal base filled with exploding firecrackers and embroidered plant life. The Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year” is said to drop in January 2018 although Jordan Brand has not confirmed those details at current time.

Air Jordan 6 GS “Chinese New Year”

Colorway: Gym Red/White-Black
Style #: AA2495-014

Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”

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Air Jordan 13 Michigan Cleat PE // Preview

Harbaugh’s heroes are getting that heat, who’s got it better than them?

Ready to go bowling, the postseason pair for the Michigan Wolverines appears to be this new Air Jordan 13 Cleat PE.

Made up mostly of navy and accented by maize patent paneling, a hardwood pair would also go hard.

Look for The Victors to rock these against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl.

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How To Cop The “Like Mike” Air Jordan 6 Before Release Date

December 16th is the denoted drop date for the “Like Mike” Air Jordan 6, but guess what? Today may be the 2nd of the month, but you’ve got a chance to get them two weeks in advance.

Just how? Foot Locker has teamed with Nike for #Sneakeasy in NYC, offering early access to the Gatorade-inspired retro Jordans that bring new flavor to “Carmine” color blocking.

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PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan” // Preview

Following Just Don shorts that hit the hardwood at Midnight Madness celebrations across the country, the PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan” sees the latest high fashion foray for JB’s higher education institutions.

Decked out in navy, accented by maize and devoid of stitching, this embossed version of the AJ12 sports the tones tied to The Victors with Public School New York tagging the tongue.

Will these or should these release at retail? We’ll keep you posted in either event.

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PSNY x Air Jordan 12 "Michigan"
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan”
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 "Michigan"
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan”
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 "Michigan"
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan”
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 "Michigan"
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 “Michigan”

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Is Another Off-White x Air Jordan 1 Dropping?

We’ve heard stories of unreleased prequel shoes like the Air Max Zero, but could the next Off-White x Air Jordan 1 possibly be the first?

Following Virgil going 10-for-10 on his first Nike collaborative collection, his “Chicago” take on the Air Jordan 1 is the toast of the industry, winning awards as best of the year before the year is yet to even end. Heck, we can’t even argue against it. While that Bulls homage hit home for sneakerheads in and out of the Windy City, an all-white Off-White x Air Jordan 1 sample has surfaced and there’s a good chance it’s not only next but perhaps the first.

As you may recall, our own Ray Polanco was on hand to cover Virgil’s very anticipated OFF-CAMPUS event. During the event, Abloh claimed that the original Off-White x Air Jordan 1 was supposed to be all white, much like the 97s in the collection. However, upon seeing an airport attendee in all-white Dunk Highs he realized they looked nearly identical. Such a slip on his first Air Jordan design would turn the HYPEBEAST section ablaze, dooming The 10 before it even launched. The Jordan 1s were switched to a “Chicago” motif in the final stages of rollout.

Still, could the original AJ1 from Virgil be the next? An on-foot spotting has our hopes up, let us know if you’d like to see these launch on social and in the comments section.


Off-White x Air Jordan 1 Sample

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Larry Luk Debuts Limited Edition Air Jordan 1 “Rainbow Study” Rug

Atlanta native and design pro Larry Luk today debuts the latest installment in his ongoing collaborative partnership with Seattle-based lifestyle company Spilled. An extension of his highly popular Air Jordan 1 art series, Luk reveals the vibrant “Rainbow Study” rug.

Inspired by must-have Air Jordan 1s, both OG and otherwise, Luk follows his coveted “Banned” rug with another gem based largely in exploring the iconic silhouette from 1985. “I aimed to include all the classic, and most-essential, colorways of the Air Jordan 1 in this composition. For collectors, this is a visual checklist for your sneaker room or closet.”

Limited to just 100 pieces in total, the Air Jordan 1 “Rainbow Study” Rug is available now at Spilled. Prints of this piece (and others) can be yours at LarryLukDesign.com.

Air Jordan 1 "Rainbow Study" Rug
Air Jordan 1 “Rainbow Study” Rug
Air Jordan 1 "Rainbow Study" Rug
Air Jordan 1 “Rainbow Study” Rug

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Oklahoma University Partners with Jordan Brand

Joining the Jumpman like Michigan and North Carolina before, the Oklahoma Sooners are now a Jordan Brand school for both football and basketball. The logo is set to debut on said sports’ uniforms at the start of the 2018-19 season. The partnership was announced on campus today by Sooner star and JB endorser Blake Griffin.

Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more information regarding this partnership and look for JB x OU gear to hit retail next summer.


Blake Griffin in his Air Jordan 11 Oklahoma PE circa 2016 in Norman, Okla. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)

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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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