Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Another much anticipated release are these Nike Air Yeezys. There's been a ton of banter concerning these shoes.. and with just as much praise of how they look, there's been plenty of hating. Say whatchu will about them.. but it really is a dream team type of collabo. Like when Jordan and Tinker got together... only this time the star is also the designer. Kanye is super artistic and drew these bad boys himself. When was the last time Nike let a hip hop star design his own shoes?? Jordan doesn't even do that... well.. he gets to have input and such.. but he's not the one putting pencil to paper. The Air Yeezy deserves respect.
If you look closely at the midsole, you'll probably notice that its the AJ3/Air Revolution midsole. So Ye didn't exactly start from scratch.. but hey.. you try designing an upper.
Dang, these joints bring me back to grade 6! I never understood the 2 different colours in the midsole.. the grey in the heel and white in the forefoot. I remember that they were definitely 2 different types of foam.. perhaps dual density. But this would not make sense if they were trying to make a motion control shoe. Perhaps the grey area simply encapsulated the air unit... both indicating this aesthetically and optimizing the use of the air unit using a different foam.. thus improving the heel strike and giving the runner an overall plusher ride. OK.. that was a bunch of BULL!! I just remember loving the colour scheme (wht/grey/blue) and the grey part of the midsole made this shoe interesting.. it always made me want to press into it.. and even cut into it.. cuz i wanted to know what the air inside looked like. AIR was just so darn NEW and AMAZING back then.
The retros will be releasing early next year.
Here's a pic of the OGs.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The hype on this release is just incredible. There really hasn't been this much excitement surrounding a sneaker release in a long time.. and to think its for a newly designed performance basketball shoe too. Just amazing. This could be a turning point for future releases and how brands take on new projects.
On another note: whats the deal with the babies in the line up?? dang man, that just ain't right.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The first Zoom Kobe is definitely nice to look at. Perhaps a bit bulky, but i've heard it plays well and is quite comfortable.
ZK2 my least favourite of the bunch, just looks like they ran outta ideas for this one. Looks like uninspired design. There's nothing new on this shoe that gets me excited. I love bright coloured midsoles tho, so the yellow midsole on this colourway does kinda touch my heart a bit.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This is the fibre that makes Flywire technology work. It is a liquid crystal polymer and like Lunar Foam it was also originally developed for NASA which evidently is a great source to find super strong super lightweight materials. NASA uses Vectran for their current space suit and also the air bags that deploy whensoft landing a rover.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
To be re-re-re-released this summer are the OG classic infrared Air Max 90s. To spice things up a bit, Nike has decided to release 2 different versions.. both i believe are going to be quickstrike, but one of them will be considered PREMIUM. The Premium version will feature an ostrich skin mud guard panel.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Yes yes, it seems as though i can't stop writing about those darn Hyperdunks, but what can i say, i haven't been this excited about a release since probably the original Foam Ones. Anyway, i want to back track a little here and post these videos about Flywire technology from the Nike Beijing 2008 Innovation Summit held at the Nike World HQ. Absolutely amazing stuff in my opinion.
Wow, didn't know the McFly's actually had glow in the dark elements to them. There should be more. Though i'm unsure if the "NIKE" on the heel cup glows. That would definitely top it off! Nice photo of them too.. i like the fact that you can see through the flywire upper.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Quoted from kixandthecity.com:
For those outside of LA, the "McFly" Nike Hyperdunk will touch down in other States soon.
Nice video, but i gotta say.. i'm tired of the whole lets do a collabo.. bring back an old skool runner and do it up in a "different" colour. I mean, it is a great way to introduce new colours of a shoe, if they're going to do it anyway, why not attach a story to it.. some labeling and different materials/details. My complaint is that its just getting boring. Lets make new stories.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Remember these? Another shoe i WISH nike would bring back. A prime example of the risks that nike takes in footwear design and the very reason why i love them so much. These things were just so NUTTY back in the day.. i don't think anyone could afford them actually, but its all about making a statement. Reebok had released their original "The Pump" beforehand, but Nike's Air pressure design lines are far more pleasing and superior.. taking the design forward. I also remember Mark Jackson sportin them as game shoes... friggen nuts.. a point guard rockin MASSIVE BOOTS. The upper looks sleak and sexy, but the whole pump gizmo at the back of the ankle area must make these shoes dang heavy like wearing ankle weights or sumthin. Not that it matters NOW... BRING EM BACK Nike!!!
This has got to be one of the HYPEST non-retro non-jordan releases in several years. FINALLY... something NEW! Not only does this shoe have nostalgic value paying homage to the McFly's.. (you know.. those CRAZY Nike high tops with the POWER LACING that Marty McFly got to wear while in the year 2015), but its also got TECH value featuring the 2 newest technologies that Nike has recently introduced: Lunar Foam and Flywire. My only complaint: LIMITED RELEASE.