It’s been a while since I have made one of these posts. And honestly, I think that might just be because there has not been much to be enthusiastic about in the sneaker world over the past few weeks. And then this week shows up, chock full of some really cool things. I even had a hard time narrowing down the good to make room for a blunder in the week. But I did, and now we’re here.
Unusual Release Times for This Weekend’s Releases
Let’s get the minuscule bad out of the way first. I’m all for releases of sneakers previously labeled as “player exclusives” or “unreleased,” but can someone explain to me why Nike is dropping the “Christmas” version of the Air Max Hyperposite (or at least a version very similar) just now, in the middle of blazing hot July? I’m certainly lost. And yes, good move by Nike to re-release the “Doernbecher” Air Jordan III Retro in their campaign to honor the ten-year partnership between themselves and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, but why would they release a red-based Jordan Retro the week immediately after the release of the “Toro Bravo” Jordan IV? It just does not make sense to me…
Nike Free Flyknit Unveiling
This was a big one for me. I am a huge fan of the two technologies that the Nike Free Flyknit brings together when they are separated. I work out in Free Run+ 3s, and fell in love over the past couple months with the Free Inneva Woven, due in part to its lightweight, natural ride. And when Nike finally released Flyknit sneakers to the public in late July last year, I did not hesitate on the chance to get a pair, getting to Niketown NY close to an hour before release. Ever since, the Flyknit Trainer+ has become one of my favorite sneakers. Now, you’re telling me I have the chance to get a sneaker with BOTH Free and Flyknit!? Golden opportunity. The wait for the perfect colorway begins… (Picture via Nike Inc.)
Rumor of a “Black Cat” Air Jordan IV Retro Re-Release
To this day, I have never bought an all-black sneaker. I have admired a good few from afar, but whenever it came to actually copping a pair, I was always hesitant. I just could never see myself getting much enjoyment out of something all-black. However, in light of the “Black Cat” Jordan IV re-release rumors, I can say now that I may break my stance on all-black sneakers. The Jordan IV is one of my favorite sneaker silhouettes of all time, and if I were to get any sneaker in an all-black colorway, it might just be the IV. Alas, we will have to wait and see if the rumor is even true.
Air Jordan 1 Tribute Articles
The Air Jordan 1 is another one of my favorite sneakers. As I have said plenty a-time before, the shoe is a mix of simple, sleek, and defiant like no other. That’s why I was glad to see a couple articles this week dedicated to the original Air Jordan model. Make sure to check out both Modern-Notoriety’s feature on the Jordan 1 in the skate world and Adam Zenou of The Crosby Press’s overall praise of the Jordan 1.
First Look at the “Bred” Air Jordan 1 High OG Retro for Holiday 2013
Speaking of Air Jordan 1s, this snapshot also made its way around the web this week thanks to Hiroshi Fujiwara. My, do the “Bred” 1s dropping later this year look great. Everything that I did not like about the “Banned” Air Jordan 1 from 2011 (particularly the incorporation of tumbled leather vs full-grain leather) is fixed on this “OG” drop. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before I can get my hands on a pair to compliment my 2001s. Or maybe two. Or three. Or as many as I can get my hands on.
fragment design x Nike Lunar Force 1
This was another gem that the “H” in “HTM” dropped over the week. Last time the Hiroshi-Tinker-Mark triumvirate was associated with an Air Force 1 drop, they delivered with two subdued, but superb-quality Uptowns in brown and black. Over ten years have passed since those two Air Force 1s hit the streets, and now, we may see an updated version in Lunar form. Hiroshi Fujiwara made sure to get the fragment design logo front and center in this preview of the black crocodile and cream-accented Lunar Force 1, alluding to this being a fragment and Nike collaboration. Now, to hope for a release.
Like many sneakerheads out there, I am a fan of the Air Jordan III’s elephant print that has found its way onto countless designs. And while I may not actually buy anything I make, I am excited to mess around for countless hours on NIKEiD with the tantalyzing elephant print possibilities. I mean, why stop at making carbon copies of “Supreme” Dunk Lows when you can get a bit more creative? We shall see if I can find the design that makes me break out the debit card.
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals JS License Plate “South Beach”
A couple years back, Jeremy Scott and adidas Originals dropped two colorways of the JS License Plate: a New York and a Beverly Hills, each complete with the license plates on the tongues and the overall color schemes of the respective plates. Those were cool, but I think Jeremy Scott outdid himself with this new “South Beach” rendition. It helps that he had the liberty to pick out what colors to use for a South Beach-inspired makeup, as the mix of pastels and bright colors on this sneakers gives it a vibrant, yet also subdued character. Definitely need to check the latest JS License Plate out in person as soon as I can.
Sneaker-Related Confidence Boosters from Complex
As they tend to do, the crew over at Complex Sneakers dropped some funny articles this week. However, two of them did more for me than just amuse. I actually got a nice confidence boost by looking over Complex’s stuff from this week. For one, unlike some sneakerheads, I’m comfortable with my sense of fashion and don’t see where an article like this helps me out. I certainly do all I can to avoid the cardinal sin of perfectly matching my clothes and sneakers. And furthermore, I also believe that I have my sneaker obsession under control. No long credit card bill of sneaker purchases over here, and I’ve been on the scaling down mission from earlier on in the year, with a lot of progress to show. So Complex, thanks for this, but I think I’m good!
I’m a huge fan and supporter of everything that happens over at 266 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre, otherwise known as Extra Butter. The guys there go out of their way to provide a diverse selection of kicks and apparel in tandem with friendly customer service and the finest nighttime events. Recently, they have been overhauling their website, and today, the guys put up a pretty fun video on the main page, showing off their “Summer Tease” collection. The link I provided above is good, but if you want the full experience the video is meant to give off, just go to Extra Butter’s home page. You will not regret it.