Posts Tagged ‘Zoom’

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 “Metallic” // Available Now

A slew of new Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 colorways have released this week. They all appear to be budding styles, too, non-traditional renderings like this “Metallic” edition.

A simple scheme that any Raiders or Kings fan would love, joins black and silver shades over mesh construction and a Zoom cushioned white midsole. International retailers like titolo already have the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 “Metallic” in stock. You can grab them here.

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16

Colorway: Black/Metallic Silver-Metallic Silver
Style #: 926955-003

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon '16 "Metallic"
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 “Metallic”
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon '16 "Metallic"
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 “Metallic”
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon '16 "Metallic"
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon ’16 “Metallic”

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Unboxing the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour RF x Air Jordan 3 “Fire Red”

words & video // Ray P.:

Watch here on YouTube

Ahead of its release on August 23rd, grab an exclusive unboxing of the third collaboration between Michael Jordan and Roger Federer. Using the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5, Federer’s signature tennis shoe, as the base, this court transcending hybrid embodies the influence of the “Fire Red” Air Jordan 3.

From Nike Air, to premium tumbled leather, and that elephant print we all adore, this is a hybrid done right! Watch the detailed in-hand review of the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour RF x Air Jordan 3 above. Although extremely limited, you can expect a wider release after tomorrow. Stick with Nice Kicks for up to the minute news.

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Nike Debuts Mike Trout’s All-New Zoom Trout 4 Cleat

The way Mike Trout dominates the game of baseball you wouldn’t think he’s only 25 years old. You also wouldn’t assume that the Vineland, New Jersey-born slugger has seven record-breaking seasons under his belt. Yet he is, and he does, with relative smoothness only the elite possess. His efforts are rewarded by Nike with a fourth iteration of his signature shoe – the Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer.

Crowned as Nike’s most complete date-informed cleat to date, the Zoom Trout 4 marks the pinnacle of performance innovation. Swoosh designers and engineers have been continually gathering personalized data based on Trout’s foot and body movements to refine his signature cleat. They also debut new technology like a budding plate structure that is directly mapped to Trout’s performance data for stability, flexibility and explosiveness.

The shoe debuts in a “Mahi Mahi” colorway, an extension of his legacy of fish-inspired cleats. Take a closer look at the Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer + Cleat below and pick up a pair now at Nike.

Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Cleat
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer
Nike Zoom Trout 4 Trainer

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Nike Zoom Fly “Ice Blue” // Available Now

Helping runners get from the training stage to race day, the Swoosh just dropped the Nike Zoom Fly, a stylish yet technically sound running shoe. Nike has a plethora of top notch running shoes but the lightweight support offered by the Nike Zoom Fly is quite unique.

The Nike Zoom Fly‘s upper is almost entirely made up of Flymesh, which is supported by ultra-light Flywire cables that provide a secure fit. Lunarlon cushioning combined by a full-length carbon-infused nylon plate allows for an ideal combination of cushioning and speed.

The Nike Zoom Fly Nike.com is available now in an “Ice Blue” colorway on for $ 150.

Nike Zoom Fly "Ice Blue"
Nike Zoom Fly “Ice Blue”
Nike Zoom Fly "Ice Blue"
Nike Zoom Fly “Ice Blue”
Nike Zoom Fly "Ice Blue"
Nike Zoom Fly “Ice Blue”

 

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LeBron James Debuts Nike Zoom Soldier 11 // Kicks On Court

words // Nick DePaula:

In a bit of a surprise, LeBron James decided to debut his newest sneaker earlier than expected, taking the floor this afternoon for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs in a new wine and yellow Nike Zoom Soldier 11.

The sixth straight Soldier model designed by Jason Petrie, the 11 is a slight progression of last year’s Soldier 10, once again featuring ergonomic support straps, a sleeved upper and going laceless. Apparently four straps is better than three, going by simple math.

Initially, James was expected to wear the LeBron 14 for at least the opening round of the playoffs, before switching to the Soldier later in the postseason, as we saw him do last year during his road to the first NBA title in Cavaliers franchise history. The shoe isn’t slated to release until later this summer in June, but we can expect to see LeBron wearing a variety of player exclusive editions from here on out throughout the Cavs’ playoff run.

What do you think of the latest LeBron model on court?

 

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LeBron James and UNKNWN Miami Are Raffling Off Pairs of Autographed Nike Air Zoom Generations

The anticipation for the Nike Air Zoom Generation retro is beginning to hit fever pitch two days ahead of the release on Wednesday, January 25. This, the first retro release of LeBron James’ signature line, is a special moment in sneaker culture that overshadowing anything beyond just a traditional Tier Zero release.

UNKNWN Miami isn’t overlooking this event, as they’ve partnered with James to release autographed pairs of the “First Game” Air Zoom Generations via raffle.

To enter the raffle, you have to be in the Miami area and stop by the shop to drop off your information. Then, follow @UNKNWNmiami on Instagram and like their post regarding the Nike Zoom Generation “First Game” raffle. From there just tag @NikeBasketball and @KingJames in the comments section.

UKNNWN is also giving out raffle tickets to in-store customers for every $ 25 spent. Raffle tickets will be available today through Friday, January 27. Winners will be contacted on Saturday. For full details visit here.

Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”

Colorway: White/White-Varsity Crimson-Midnight Navy
Style #: 941911-100
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Price: $ 175

Nike Air Zoom Generation "First Game"
Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”

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Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” To Debut During All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star weekend is always full of entertainment, fun, and surprise sneakers. After the long awaited retro of LeBron James’ signature line came to fruition, more interesting information has come about. You can expect the Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” Quickstrike to release during 2017 All-Star weekend. While early images have yet to surface, LeBron’s first retro sneaker can be expected to look similar to previous Nike releases using the same motif.

Stick with Nice Kicks for up to the minute updates on the Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” QS and other NBA All-Star surprises.

Nike Air Zoom Generation AS QS

Vachetta Tan/Vachetta Tan – Sail
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Release Date: February 2017

Source: @J23app

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Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game” // Release Date & Details

Just how soon is ‘very soon?’ Well, King James is a man of his word as the Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game” is in fact releasing very soon. Yup, on January 25th the model that started it all for the kid from Akron could be yours for the first time or rather once again.

Kickstarting the LeBron line in retro form, this OG colorway was worn way back by a baby faced ‘Bron as a rookie in his first home game in Cleveland on November 5th, 2003. Official pics from Nike have these looking quite pristine, carrying the classic design that drew from his controversial and also iconic Hummer.

According to our homie Jacques Slade, the “First Game” AZGs will launch on the 25th on SNKRS, at KITH, UNDFTD, Xhibition and Next in Cleveland and Akron. On top of that, Josh Luber and the good folks at StockX are doing it real big with a special edition box set that is LIVE NOW that also includes the option to purchase the yet to release Nike LeBron 14 “Out of Nowhere” and an actual championship ring. This commemorative box set is limited to only 46 pairs and all proceeds will benefit the Cavaliers Youth Foundation.

Check out the Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game” retro and keep it locked to Nice Kicks as more drop details unfold.

Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”

Release Date: January 25, 2017
Price: $ 175

Nike Air Zoom Generation "First Game"
Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”
Nike Air Zoom Generation "First Game"
Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”
Nike Air Zoom Generation "First Game"
Nike Air Zoom Generation “First Game”

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LeBron James Announces Nike Air Zoom Generation Retro is Coming “Very Soon”

Oh, it’s on now. With retro Jordans dropping every weekend and adidas continuing their momentum with Yeezy Boosts, Nike is making some MAJOR noise with the official announcement of the Nike LeBron James retro line via the man himself. Using The Uninterrupted, King James confirmed what had leaked previously in the day, that his ‘holy grail’ Nike Air Zoom Generation will return in the famed “First Game” colorway.

Scheduled to return ‘very soon’ according to #23, the rare and requested colorway from the high school standout will be the first retro release from his famed and still active line. The announcement comes from LeBron in Sacramento, the location of his professional debut.

While the release could come in a few weeks or even a few days, smart money would bet these would drop on the SNKRS app as a quickstrike, but hey’s that just an educated guess. For the time being, let us know your hopes and expectations from the Nike LeBron retro line in the comments. Also, check out the announcement monologue from LeBron as well as “First Game” AZG video content from the NK vault as well as from GQ‘s Grails series below.

Spotted at For The Win by Gabe Oshin

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Interview // Breaking Down LeBron’s Nike Zoom Soldier 10

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Today, LeBron James is expected to debut his latest namesake sneaker during a marquee game against the Golden State Warriors. Of course, that wouldn’t be a first, as the Ohio native looked to reverse course last season after falling behind 0-2 to the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, laced strapped up his newest edition of his Soldier series and debuted them in Cleveland on a whim. They won by 30 points.

As literally every Instagram commenter loves to remind you — from there, the Warriors then blew a 3-1 lead. Throughout his four-wins-in-five-games stretch to close the series, LeBron was transcendent on both sides of the ball, all while putting up an insane Finals statline of 35.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in those wins.

That Finals platform gave the Soldier series new life, and brought more eyes and energy to the newest model than we’d seen in years past. LeBron has worn it all throughout preseason and Cleveland’s 22-6 start, opting to unveil his newest signature sneaker later into the season.

To hear all about the tenth edition of the Soldier series — LeBron is the first player to have two sneaker series hit 10 models — Nice Kicks recently caught up with Kevin Dodson, Nike Basketball’s Senior Footwear Product Director. Read ahead as Dodson breaks down all of the details that went into designer Jason Petrie’s latest model, what it was like to “witness history” as LeBron carried his Cavs to their first ever franchise championship, and how the recent Ohio State cleated edition of the Soldier came to be.


Zoom 20.5.5

Nick DePaula: What has the Soldier line stood for over the years, and what was the initial concept around the Soldier 10 design? 

Kevin Dodson: It’s an amazing journey for the shoe and has really come full circle. It started out around this insight around the 20.5.5, which we call the Soldier 0 from time to time amongst ourselves. [laughs] It was the idea around the second season, and giving LeBron a product to wear during that time of the year that was a lighter and super-responsive version of his game shoe that he was wearing at the time. You’re in a race to win 16 games when you’re in the playoffs, so giving him something that was a faster version of his game shoe was always the insight there. It became about a sprint to 16 wins instead of a marathon.

Over time, because we introduced the Elite series and some other products during the course of that ten years, the Soldier sort of became a shoe for all of the guys around him. He had even posted on social media at the time about how, “This shoe is for all of my Soldiers to go to battle.” It became a go-to LeBron team shoe for athletes in the NBA, colleges and high schools. It was something that was a little bit more stripped down, had a lot of great lockdown, support and responsiveness. Those were always the core tenets that have carried through the years.

Especially over the last few years, we’ve gotten really keyed in on this focus around having something that could give you all of the lockdown and support that you need, but in a light and responsive package. That’s been the goal. A couple of years ago, we had been working with LeBron and talking about where we wanted to take the Soldier from here. He had been giving us some great insights, and then we were out speaking with some college players. One of the kids send, “My perfect shoe would be an Elite sock with an outsole and some straps. Nothing else.”

Jason Petrie and the team brought that back, and that’s where the north star concept of the laceless shoe came from for the Soldier 10. LeBron had talked to us about doing something really special for the tenth Soldier already. He even said to us, “I just can’t believe that I have multiple shoe series that have gone on ten year-plus runs.” He really wanted to do something special, and so we really wanted to deliver on that laceless proposition and target.

We got kind of close on the Soldier 9, and had half laces and half straps. Then, we went all out for the Soldier 10. It was a pretty awesome journey through the last few years, and we believed that there was a benefit to it. If you’re a basketball player, you’re always lacing and trying to adjust. To just jump into a shoe with a snug, sock-like fit and lock those straps in quickly was something that we wanted to be able to do.


A detailed look at several elements from past Soldier models incorporated into the 10.

NDP: Are there any elements on the Soldier 10 that draw from past Soldier models?

KD: LeBron really kept pushing us on that. The first time we presented the shoe to him, he said, “Oh my god, no shoe strings!” He started laughing and was saying, “This is what we’ve got to get to guys.” He just loved the idea. When he was challenging us to do something special for the tenth year, JP did a great job of going back through the archive. A lot of the inspiration for the strap placements came from the 20.5.5. Once we started keying in on that, J started pulling elements from each of the prior nine Soldiers and the 20.5.5 and incorporated them into the 10.

NDP: Through the outsole there’s a series of words within the texture. What are some of the key terms & phrases layered into the tooling?

KD: Around the toe, there’s a pattern in roman numerals that has each prior shoe. If you go to the bottom, there’s always a lot of storytelling from the early years, and there’s phrases that define him too, like “Heart,” “Unstoppable,” and a lot of other things that help to inspire him. Really there was ten years leading up to this, because I’d include the 20.5.5 in this too. There’s a “330” for Akron in there, and a lot of discovery elements.


Soldier 1-9

NDP: Soldier started out as a playoff shoe that LeBron wore in his very first trip to the Finals. What did it mean to the Nike Basketball team for the 10th anniversary version to be worn again on the Finals stage during LeBron’s iconic hometown Finals win?

KD: The shoe really took on a life of its own once LeBron chose to wear it in the Finals and had the performance that he did. Honestly, that was all driven by LeBron. We had a couple different product options for him, and typically this shoe comes out later in the Fall and maybe he’ll wear it during the preseason. We worked really closely with him on this design during the process, so he had been testing it for some time. They were in the course of the Finals, and things weren’t going the way that he wanted them to go. I think from his standpoint, he just wanted something that could change it up. He really liked the Soldier in practice, and really decided right before Game 3 to put ’em on and go.


Nike Zoom Soldier 1, worn in the 2007 NBA Finals

It was a bit of a controversy for us, because the shoe was all blacked out and looked like a weartest shoe, but that was the authenticity of it too. It was just an athlete, in probably one of the biggest moments of his career, who wanted to play in something a little different and needed to jumpstart things.

We met with him this summer, and he told us, “I looked down at my feet, and I just felt different. They look sleek and I felt like I had a bounce in my step when I put them on.” We were lucky we were able to adjust, and a lot of people on this team do an unbelievable job of trying to get everything ready for our athletes. I won’t lie, we had to hustle to get a couple more pairs to him to finish out the series.

It was an awesome moment. I had gotten a text before the game from Ted Kerby, who leads our LeBron Sports Marketing side, to give me a heads up. The performance spoke for itself, and game after game, he and Kyrie did amazing things. To be honest, a lot of people were unsure about a high cut with no laces, and they asked us some pretty tough questions internally. “Are you guys serious with this? Will it work?” LeBron, from the beginning, kept telling us to push, do thing different and change it up. To watch him then follow through by wearing it and performing at such a high level during the course of the Finals, was just amazing.

Being apart of the Nike Basketball family, but also just as a kid who grew up obsessing basketball, watching every Finals and watching what the players were wearing – just like you – to have a part in that now in what will probably go down as one of the greatest NBA Finals series ever, I just felt very blessed to be apart of that. I was at a bar by myself by house, and I think I’m never welcome at that bar again based on how loud I was screaming. [laughs]


LeBron in the Soldier X during Game 3.

NDP: More recently, Ohio State had their own Soldier 10 cleats – will that be a platform we see you guys look to utilize going forward?

KD: The relationship LeBron has with Ohio State is pretty deep. He’s real tight with the athletic department and specifically has a good relationship with Urban Meyer. As that game started to come up on the calendar, everyone at Nike was circling that game and thinking it could be a pretty special game.

With Michigan and Ohio State being the quality of programs that they are, we knew that could be an opportunity for us. Coach Meyer started asking us for the last couple of years, “How can we get access to some of the LeBron product?” With Michigan being a Jordan school, they’ve looked awesome on the field and have had great product. There’s obviously a rivalry there, so I think Coach Meyer was always interested in finding something special for Ohio State too.

LeBron has deep roots in football dating back to high school, and there’s always been this question around, “What could LeBron do on a football field?” We’ve also always had some chatter around here about what LeBron product could look like for the gridiron.

That conversation had been going on for awhile, and then the Nike Cleated team came to us and said, “What do you think about identifying a Basketball product to put on the field for Ohio State?” The Soldier was the one that came to all of our minds, only because we felt that the silhouette and the attributes of the product would work really well in football.

The team started working on building a sample of what that could look like, and it was a cool collaboration between the Cleated and Basketball team. When we approached LeBron with the idea to really do it, he said, “Hey, it’s about time. Lets go!” [laughs] It came to life and the Cleated team did an awesome job of developing it, testing it and getting it right for football. They showed up to Ohio State a couple weeks before the game so players could get used to them, and then they broke them out for a really big moment.

Things just lined up beautifully, and it was an epic game. Michigan looked amazing in all of their cleats and uniforms, and then Ohio State came out in the Soldier cleats. The whole Cavs team being on the sideline to cheer them on made it a pretty epic moment for that shoe.

LeBron felt pretty excited that they were wearing his shoes on the field for the first time, and going forward, that’ll definitely be an opportunity to continue to plan for that. There’s definitely some things to keep an eye out for, and if you asked LeBron where we should focus for his product product showing up in football, Ohio State is definitely near and dear to his heart.

NDP: I also loved that color toe pop you did on those, which we’ve also seen on Eric Bledsoe’s Black and Orange PEs that he’s been wearing. That accenting has worked really well.

KD: Yeah, and that’s been a real cool look for the shoe. Tim Day is our PLM who heads up the LeBron business and works really well with J [Petrie.] That was just those guys, to their credit, being so confident in the model early on. They had gotten some amazing feedback when they showed it to kids early in the process, and then they just wanted to do something that could keep the shoe new and fresh as we got into the second half of the shoe’s life span. They came up with that suede toe color block, and that’s one of my favorites as well. It’s a good learning for us that if we continue to keep things fresh and switch the style up, kids can continue to look for it.

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