The Karate Kid: Air Pippen Smooth Sidekick

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It’s a fact of life: almost every kid goes through the karate phase at some point. Some outgrow it, and then there’s the rest of us. Air Pippen Smooth Sidekick is January’s karate kid, outfitted with an all-natural Desert Ochre colorway and air-bending detail. For only a kicking $160, you can tap into your inner ninja on January 26.

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Air Pippen Smooth Sidekick

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Retail: $160.00

Colors: Desert Ochre

Features: Full-grain leather midsole & Max Air-Sole unit outsole

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Smooth Sidekick: January’s Karate Kid

The Air Pippen debuted in 1997, a time when Scottie Pippen was giving the GOAT a run for his money. The late 1990’s design captured the trendy bulky silhouette of the last half of the decade and put a modern spin on it with sleek, wavy detail. Smooth Sidekick continues the tradition of the Air Pippen, this time in a Desert Ochre colorway.

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Making Waves

The elusive Scottie Pippen made waves, ones which were translated into his signature shoe. The iconic design features waves that slash across the quarter panel, with full-grain leather in Desert Ochre (Nike.com) that rests atop an the synthetic wrap of the same color.

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Fine detail takes on a third layer of waves, with precise and deliberate stitch detail. Smooth Sidekick’s air-bending detail captures everything Pippen, including the ripple sole at the toe and ball of the foot. A white midsole frames the best parts of the shoe, and with the finishing touch of a black Swoosh toward the heel.

Inner Ninja on Point

Channel your inner ninja with Smooth Sidekick. Of course, any Grandmaster will tell you that it starts from within, which is why the Max Air-Sole unit is of the utmost importance.

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The bounce, cushion, and connection with the floor are exactly what you need when it comes to getting serious air time— whether it’s in the game or with flying sidekicks. Sure, most ninjas are barefoot, but since since you’re keeping your day job, Smooth Sidekick is a happy medium.

Jump On It

Thinking of snagging a pair of Air Pippen Smooth Sidekick this week? Employ all of your ninja skills and do a flying sidekick to the front of the like before these mean kicks find a home that isn’t yours.

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