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Nike Air Metal Force // Throwback Thursday

More Air. More Attitude.

Welcome to this newest edition of Nice Kicks’ Throwback Thursday. Today’s post is inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament and another underrated Nike basketball sneaker from the classic 90s era which made an appearance both on the NBA hardwood and the NCAA tournament: the 1997 Nike Air Metal Force.

Weighing 18.2 ounces offered at an original retail price of $ 130, the Air Metal Force was made to withstand the punishment in the paint, not inflict pain or punishment on your wallet. Successor to the Air Adjust Force and Air Modify Force, the Air Metal Force stayed true to its Air Max and Force basketball heritage.

An aggressive-looking model, the Air Metal Force provided a secure, tight, lock-down fit around the heel and ankle tighter than a vault door at Fort Knox. Featuring a dual-pressure visible Max2 heel and encapsulated forefoot air sole units, a thick, full-grain leather upper, Phylon midsole, and removable FitWrap technology, the Metal Force offered maximum protection, comfort, and durability.

Worn by NBA players Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and Arvydas Sabonis, as well as college players Vince Carter during his playing days at UNC and Raef LaFrentz at Kansas, the Air Metal Force released in both TB (mid) and high versions to meet individual player and team needs, the latter version which featured custom player sample tagging.

Along with the help of marketing firm Wieden and Kennedy, and creative designer Kevin Drew Davis, Nike launched an aggressive and successful ad campaign called Product Assault where select models including the Air Metal Force were depicted along with a URL on print ads which were then mailed to customers for an interactive experience with the product. Each product used in the ad campaign had a crazy domain name and referenced the sponsoring athlete’s unique ability. One ad featured the Metal Force Mid in the black/white-metallic silver colorway along with a tribute to Alonzo Mourning.

The ad campaign was truly innovative and revolutionary as it redefined and changed consumerism from a passive to active interaction. Now, over 20 years after its original release, this late 90s silhouette has remained locked within the Nike archives, likely never to see a retro release as most basketball sneakers today have shifted to lighter materials and construction, and employ lower-profile Zoom Air cushioning.

So, be like VC, Ewing, Oakley, Raef, and Sabonis aka The Original Unicorn, and lace up your pair of the Air Metal Force.

Try not to let Zo bang on you.

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Nike Air Max Plus Sees Shark Attack Inspiration

Swimming with Jaws, the Nike Air Max Plus “Before the Bite” and “After the Bite” provide two scary takes on the Tuned Air favorite.

Signifying the shark on the grey scale pair while playing to its prey on the bloody second, these aggressive colorways are set to release first overseas on March 29th, hitting North American waters on April 18th.

A Foot Locker exclusive pack, preview both pairs below.


Nike Air Max Plus “Before the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “Before the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “Before the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “After the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “After the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “After the Bite”

Nike Air Max Plus “After the Bite”

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OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black” // Another Look

After several teases and sneak peeks, Virgil Abloh’s OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black” will finally be released on Friday, March 30. And with the long awaited sneaker’s release just days away, here’s another look at Abloh’s take on the VaporMax.

The OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax  features a black Primeknit upper, white stitching an oversized Swoosh logo, and like other iterations of the VaporMax silhouette, a full-length Air Max cushioning outsole.

Peep photos of the OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black” below and visit Sneaker Politics and other select retailers on Friday to pick up a pair.


OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”

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Knockoff Jordan Brand Is Now Curiously CounterSuing Nike For Trademark Infringement

words // Nick DePaula:

Didn’t see this one coming.

Qiaodan Sportswear Co., a Chinese-based sneaker brand named by no coincidence after the Mandarin Chinese language annunciation of “Jordan,” has been embroiled in a legal battle for over a decade with Michael Jordan himself, and of course, by extension, Nike Inc.

From direct knockoff pairs of the most beloved Air Jordan models to a broad confusion in the Chinese marketplace that the brand was actually and authentically associated with Jordan himself, the two sides have been tangled in courts over everything from trademark infringement and likeness violations, to patent and identity theft.

Nike has sued Qiaodan ten times since 2002.

The brand’s logo, although not a direct ripoff of the Jumpman logo, is a direct ripoff of a mirrored Jordan silhouette from a much less iconic layup during his final season as a Chicago Bull. The brand has also released several sneakers featuring an elephant-like material. Its sneakers even hit the NBA hardwood briefly, thanks to an endorsement deal with the less-than-gravity defying Houston Rockets center Chuck Hayes during his final year in the league.


In late 2016, China’s highest level court ruled that Qiaodan must cease using the Chinese characters for “Jordan” in products, marketing and messaging. While they could still use the silhouette logo, the ruling was deemed a major win for Nike and Jordan Brand at the time.

“The decision ensures that my Chinese fans and all Chinese consumers know that Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me,” Michael said at the time.

In theory, the chapter of Qiaodan’s infringement was soon over. Which makes Qiaodan countersuing Nike now so much more unexpected.

Instead, thanks to some search results thirstiness on Nike’s part, Qiaodan is now seeking just shy of $ 50,000 in damages and a public apology from the Swoosh, perhaps bordering on pettiness.

Similar in violating nature to Skechers’ use of “Stan Smith” showing similar web store results, Nike’s China e-commerce web store was apparently showing product results for a “Qiaodan” search from a consumers.

There’s no telling if this is just the latest in the ongoing battle between the two sides, but stay tuned for further updates as Nike Inc. now faces defending themselves against its longtime infringing rival.

 

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Nike Air Max 93 “Flame Red” Lands Overseas

This year’s Air Max 93 “Dusty Cactus” OG marked the kickoff the underrated 25th anniversary sneaker desperately needed. It’s not easy to play in a field with other, more popular Air Max models releasing almost daily in great colorways. Thus, one stellar OG begets another. And the often unseen “Flame Red” OG just popped up overseas.

Last seen in the early 2000’s, this original colorway – much like the “Dusty Cactus” – is visibly refreshed in Habanero Red and Neutral Indigo hues. The traditional white base remains customary as does the shoes black ankle collar and outsole. And although this OG isn’t nearly as beloved as the aforementioned “Dusty Cactus” or the “Bright Citrus,” that may only be because they haven’t re-released nearly as often as their counterparts.

Suppa currently has the Nike Air Max 93 “Flame Red” up for grabs. U.S. release details have not yet been announced.

Nike Air Max 93

Colorway: White/Habanero Red-Neutral Indigo-Black
Style #: 306551-102

Nike Air Max 93 "Flame Red"
Nike Air Max 93 “Flame Red”
Nike Air Max 93 "Flame Red"
Nike Air Max 93 “Flame Red”

 

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Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon” Drops for Spring

Last month we previewed this spring friendly Air Max 1 in vibrant pink and green shades. Now, the colorful style has landed in stores.

Dubbed the “Watermelon,” a Summit White base gives way to secondary contrasts in Kinetic Green and Sunset Pulse. The look is finished with a Pure Platinum midsection. Grab this Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon” now for $ 110 at Nike.

Nike Air Max 1

Colorway: Summit White/Kinetic Green-Pure Platinum-Sunset Pulse
Style #: AH8145-106
Price: $ 110

Nike Air Max 1 "Watermelon"
Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon”
Nike Air Max 1 "Watermelon"
Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon”
Nike Air Max 1 "Watermelon"
Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon”
Nike Air Max 1 "Watermelon"
Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon”
Nike Air Max 1 "Watermelon"
Nike Air Max 1 “Watermelon”

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Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles” // Another Look

LeBron James is a fan of many things. His family, his teammates, his friends, his cereal. The King has made no secret of his adoration for the latter. In fact, he’s impressed upon us those notions through themed sneakers, honoring his love for, just guessed it, Fruity Pebbles.

Nothing has changed where the LeBron 15 is concerned as another iteration of the cereal-inspired theme crowns his new silhouette. First seen on-court last month, the vibrant Battleknit enabled colorway is said to release this April at select Swoosh retailers.

Grab a closer look at the Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles” below and stay tuned for a confirmed release date.

Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”
Nike LeBron 15 "Fruity Pebbles"
Nike LeBron 15 “Fruity Pebbles”

Source: gc911

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Nike Air Max 95 Takes on Aqua Vibes

Although this Air Max 95 can’t officially take on the “Aqua” name, it’s certainly of a similar volition. With colors that ring true to the Air Jordan 5 of the same name, glowing shades that resemble the blue lagoon are joined by white and Pure Platinum secondary shades that all coincide with a black balancer.

Pick up this Nike Air Max 95 Essential now at SneakAvenue.

Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Air Max 95 Essential

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Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach” Drops Soon

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Nike’s Air Max 98 has already released in two OG colorways and a very modern, material friendly “Cone” quickstrike. Up next is a South Beach-esque colorway due out at month end.

Circling the Miami-based theme with hues that track back to the LeBron 8s from years ago, a Pure Platinum/Obsidian-Kinetic Green palette does its best South Beach impersonation with the help of vibrant pink accents.

Look for this upcoming Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach” on March 30.

Nike Air Max 98

Colorway: Pure Platinum/Obsidian-Kinetic Green
Style #: 640744-005?
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Price: $ 160

Nike Air Max 98 "South Beach"
Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach”
Nike Air Max 98 "South Beach"
Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach”
Nike Air Max 98 "South Beach"
Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach”
Nike Air Max 98 "South Beach"
Nike Air Max 98 “South Beach”

Source: shoepalace

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Q&A // DeMar DeRozan Discusses Carrying The Nike Kobe Protro Torch

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Every young player has a superstar they idolize, pattern their game after and look to emulate. Whether it’s a hairstyle, approach on the court or even wearing their signature sneakers, trying to mold your game after the league’s most accomplished stars is nothing new.

For LA native DeMar DeRozan, that player was unmistakably Kobe Bryant.

As the Raptors’ four-time All-Star has now reached the heights of the league himself, he’s done so literally in Bryant’s footsteps along the way. He’s worn literally every model from Kobe’s line throughout his career, from the Huaraches and first three Zoom Kobes while at Compton High School, to the Kobe IV during his lone season at USC and a lengthy list of pairs later on with Toronto.

For the past several seasons, Nike has looked to DeMar to help carry the torch in a sense, building custom PEs of the Kobe AD series for the scoring 2. With Bryant’s namesake series now undergoing a “Protro” revamp, you can look for him to once again be breaking out a variety of his own personal pairs.

Nice Kicks recently caught up with DeRozan to discuss his latest batch of player exclusives from Nike, where he stores his stash of sneakers and his relationship with Kobe over the years.

Nick DePaula: As you were growing up in LA, what are some of your earliest memories of Kobe?

DeMar DeRozan: Seeing him get drafted, being bald headed, and then having the fro and every accomplishment that came with it. For me being a Laker fan, back when they played at The Forum, was the greatest thing in LA. To be able to go watch the Lakers play at The Forum are my first memories.

NDP: What kinds of things did you learn from his footwork, post game and style of play over the years as you started to develop yourown game?

DD: It was everything. I used to grow a fro out when I was young, cause he had the fro. [laughs] As a kid, we all gravitate to some player that you try to imitate or be like, and Kobe was definitely that.

NDP: You’ve been with Nike your entire career, what was the first Kobe shoe you played in and do you have any early favorites?

DD: The Huaraches were the first, but for sure my favorites are the 1s. It’s pretty cool to see them be re-released and come back out and see the response that they’re getting from people.

NDP: As a guy that’s played in Retro Jordans, Foams and a bunch of Retro stuff, what’d you think of Nike’s plan to update and upgrade the original Kobe models with the Protro concept?

DD: I thought it was awesome. I thought it was about time. [laughs] I was always wondering what it’d take for them to start retroing [Kobes]. So many dope early-on Kobes haven’t been re-released. I think it was the perfect time for them to be able to come back out, for a new generation to be able to adapt, and for the older crowd that understands, to get them too.

NDP: Of course, Kobe scored 81 back in ’06 in the Kobe 1. What do you remember about that game?

DD: I remember it being an early game. I was sitting on my bed, just at home watching the game. I remember they were losing, and the game was really not all that interesting. [laughs] It was kind of dead in there, and it wasn’t jumping like it normally was. That second half came around, and the next thing you know, I remember literally sitting on the edge of my bed watching every single shot. I was really tripping out, and wondering if I was playing a video game or something.


NDP: The last couple years, you’ll wear the new AD one game, 8s the next and then break out a Kobe 11 – how do you decide what you’re going to wear on a game-by-game basis?

DD: It’s just however I’m feeling. I got a little place in the arena that I call my “vault.” I have all types of shelves of shoes. Sometimes, I just tell my equipment manager to pick me a pair and surprise me. We have a routine now where sometimes he’ll just pick out my shoes. It’s pretty cool to have that selection of shoes, especially with it being my favorite brand of shoes.

NDP: How many pairs are in the vault?

DD: It’s shelves. You gotta get a stepladder to get them. It’s kind of ridiculous.

NDP: You have access to pretty much everything at Nike, but is there one pair of Kobes you’ve never been able to get?

DD: No. [laughs]

NDP: With Nike and Kobe really driving this idea of Protro, have you given much thought to what you would do to update some of the other Kobe models? Is there any one that sticks out that you’d like to see come back?

DD: I remember when the 3s came out, with the webbing and how they looked. At that time, it set the bar for a design. People used to look at how much those stood out, just by the design. The 3 is one of them shoes that really stood out, and I used to call them “The Spidermans.”

NDP: If you had to pick one, what’s your favorite Kobe model to play in?

DD: For some reason, I love the high-tops, the 9s. I go to them a lot. A lot of people wasn’t really on the 9s like that.

NDP: I got so used to playing in Lows after the 4 and 5, that it was hard to go back.

DD: That’s the weird thing for me too, because I’m always big on the Lows too. The 9, maybe because they stick out and how comfortable they are. People just wasn’t on them like that, but that’s still one of my favorites to go to now.

NDP: You had your own PE release of the ‘Comp10’ Kobe AD last season and now PEs of the 1 Protro – what’s it like to be headlining this new Kobe Protro series?

DD: Man… [pauses] Just you saying it, and every time that conversation comes up or I see a shoe months before they come out or I’m told an idea, it still trips me out. I grew up watching him and idolizing his game, then playing against him and playing in his last All-Star game with him. It’s a shoe [series] I’ve worn my whole career. To have that really come full circle is definitely something I can’t even put into words.

NDP: You mentioned playing against him in his last All-Star Game. Is there a moment that really sticks out for you on the court against him?

DD: We played in LA once, and we had the game won. He pulls off one of those crazy games and forced the game into overtime. He ended up winning the game and had like forty-something. That’s one of those games – I remember every single shot he took, you could hear the crowd gasping while the ball was in the air, and you could hear the excitement as soon as it went through the net. It was one of the craziest atmospheres. You just saw him willing himself to the win.

NDP: Away from the game, is there anything he’s helped you with advice wise? 

DD: Kob is kind of like the Bat Signal. If I need him, I just put the Bat Signal up. [laughs] He’ll be there for sure. It’s not one of those relationships where I abuse his time. When we have a conversation and talk about something, or something arises, the mutual respect is always there. Whenever we see eachother or do speak, it’s definitely something that can last for a long time until I need him again.

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