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Since ’91: Air Huarache Run Heats Up

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Huarache fans be warned, and runners be ready: Air Huarache Run “Since ’91” arrives on November 22. The ultra-modern Huarache heats up the track with a bold color and a locked-and-loaded fit. As fresh as it might be, Huarache fans can tell you it still has all its 90’s feels. For a slim $130, you can party like it’s 1991 (all over again).

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Air Huarache Run “Since ’91”

Release Date: November 22, 2017

Retail: $130.00

Colors: Orange Blaze; Black

Features: Heel clip with elastic band; Zip closure; Heritage laces

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Since ’91 Sizzles

Since ’91 heats up the Huarache game, just in time for the holidays. The newest must-have of the season appeals to runners and Huarache fans all the same. With the 90’s heritage still carried through the shoe, with updates that only complement the silhouette, Since ’91 is a winning combination.

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Of course, you can’t have the 90’s without two iconic tabs- ones on the Huarache, and the now-forgotten Tab beverage (by Coca-Cola). The tab that would survive the revolutionary decade would be Nike’s.

 

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The futuristic Huarache design retains its signature feature for Since ’91, and replaces the embossed Nike with “Chi.” Consider your chi– aligned.

Orange, the Carry-Over Color

Nike goes with Orange Sizzle as the color of choice for Since ’91. Shades of orange have been popping up all year in fashion, and especially footwear, so it’s no surprise that Nike chooses to execute it better than the rest. The bold colorway makes waves, especially when fall and winter months usually see a return to darker tones and deeper neutrals. Orange Sizzle keeps things fresh, and becomes the carry-over color to bring fall into winter.

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Orange Sizzle makes up the entire colorway with no exceptions. Even the outsole sizzles with color continuity. One thing is clear: Orange Sizzle won’t quit any time soon.

If Since ’91 screams tradition but you’re not thrilled with the in-your-face colorway, you’ll be glad to hear that it also comes in black.

Locked and Loaded

Huaraches boasts the fit of all fits, and it only gets tighter with Since ’91. Closure and fit are now a two-step process in these Huaraches. The vertical zip closes the shoe while the Hertiage laces double-back for a tight, customized fit.

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For more casual wearers, leave the zip open and laces loose to expose a hidden Huarache tongue.

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Jump On It

Don’t kid yourself, especially if you’re a 90’s kid. Air Huarache Run Since ’91 fires up stores November 22, so make sure you’re at the front of the line when it does. Find your closest Nike retailer right here.

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97 Tune Up: Air Max Uncaged

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Air Max Month marked 30 years of Air Max greatness back in March. The iconic design is a favorite among collectors, and this month, it continues to heat up. Air Max 97 Plus “97 Tune Up” arrives in stores November 21. The sleek lines are sharp enough to cut through all competition– so consider yourself warned that you’ll do serious damage when rocking your pair.

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Air Max 97 Plus “97 Tune Up”

Release Date: 11/21/2017

Retail: $175.00

Colors: Black

Features: Full-length Max Air Unit & Cage-like detail

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97 Tune Up: Air Max Uncaged

If you’ve ever worn Air Max, you know how liberating it feels. That’s why the cage-like design element is such a curious one, since it seems to send conflicting messages: push the limit but be tied down? In fact, 97 Tune Up says the exact opposite: let your passion be unbridled, and ambitions limitless. The cage doesn’t limit you; it reminds you that there is no cage. Right, Neo?

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Putting the Max in Air Max

Air Max always pushes the envelope, and 97 Tune Up in no different. It puts the “max” in Air Max, featuring a full-length Max Air unit that is fully visible. The airy platform of the midsole blends smoothly into the grooves of the outsole.

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The sharpness of the cutting-edge design doesn’t end there. Despite the monochromatic colorway, a variety of textiles makes the curves on 97 Tune Up obvious and deliberate.

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The synthetic cage and mud guard detail deliver a shiny patent finish against a modest, reflective upper. The sole itself is a singular, flush design (like the Air Max 1), as opposed to a distinct bi-sectional shape seen in later Air Max designs.

Throwback Release of the Future

There’s something about the Air Max 97 Plus that is inherently futuristic. In this latest release, 97 Tune Up presents as the modern, forward-thinking Air Max. The lines and profile are low to the ground like a stealth vehicle, but they’re vivid enough to start a conversation.

Sure, it’s a design that’s 20 years old, but it looks like it could be the hot release of 2017 or 2027. Air Max never looks at the clock or calendar.

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That’s the timelessness that Nike always seems to capture, and for that reason, the Air Max collection will remain as one of the most modern members of the Nike family.

Jump On It

Don’t be cagey about it; you know you want the Air Max 97 Plus “97 Tune Up.” Get on board with the throwback release of the future this November.

 

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Race-Day Innovation: Challenge Accepted

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Runners are a special type of people. Whether it’s a 5K or a marathon, they’ve got speed, endurance, and the finish line on their minds. Zoom Fly “Race-Day Innovation” gives runners all the support that they need for speed. The price is a light $150, so expect to see Nike’s newest release at the finish line on November 9.

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Zoom Fly “Race-Day Innovation”

Release Date: November 9, 2017

Retail: $150.00

Colors: Dark Loden/Dark Stucco

Features: Full-length carbon-infused nylon plate; Microsuede arch band; & Lunarlon cushioning

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Race-Day Innovation: Challenge Accepted

Race-Day Innovation takes on every challenge. It’s a performance sneaker that provides a support network in more than one way. Not only is it “ridiculously responsive” (Nike.com), it delivers peace of mind:

Designed to meet the demands of your long runs, your tempo runs, your training days and your race days, the Zoom Fly looks fast…”

– Nike.com

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Hurdles? No Problem

Little stands in the way of Race-Day Innovation. The responsive Lunarlon plate delivers a strong landing with each step, all while the arch band keeps the mid foot fully-supported.

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In a most unique design, the arch band is visible through the translucent upper.

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Alignment is everything when it comes to landing. Runners can appreciate multi-faceted connection to the track, as well as strong construction that makes for an enduring shoe from training to race day.

Finish Line

Race-Day Innovation has runners covered, from the beginning of training down to that sleek finish line. The tape at the end of the race is emulated with a thin shiny ribbon on the midsole. Just imagine how Shalane Flanagan felt when it broke across her waist on November 5, making her the first American woman to win the New York Marathon in 40 years (via Supreme Video).

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Jump On It

Leap, jump, or Usain-Bolt your way toward your Zoom Fly “Race-Day Innovation” on November 9. (Okay, Bolt is/was sponsored by Puma but still, the name works wonders right here.) The hottest running shoe to hit the market this November is all yours. It just means you have to set your alarm and outrun all the other runners who are high-tailing it to their favorite Nike retailers. Better start practicing your sprints now.

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New Heights and No Limits

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The SF AF-1 is Nike’s sweet addition to the boot market, but on November 2, it looks like they’ll have the corner on it. The Special Field Air Force 1 “New Heights” zeroes in on fashion, function, and everything in between. Even at $200, the tough construction of this boot will give you your money’s worth.

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SF AF-1 High “New Heights”

Release Date: Men’s  – November 2, 2017 / Women’s – December 1, 2017

Retail: $200.00

Colors: Total Orange, Rattan, and Black

Features: Rope laces; Zipper closure; Ballistic-grade mesh

 

New Heights and No Limits

Nike proves once again that even once they reach new heights, not even the sky is the limit. New Heights with a super-high hi-top with zipper detail that reaches the mid-calf. The toe retains its characteristic look in leather, and is paired with a ballistic-grade mesh throughout the rest of the shoe.

 

“Rugged and ready.”

– Nike.com

 

Roped In

Laces are so last-year. New Heights welcomes bungee cord rope “laces,” which wrap around the calf. The ropes are fully adjustable through a vertical series of 6 loops at the heel.

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Sure, the loops help with the fit, but their flash is bigger than their function– or are they? In a bind (no pun intended) and need to repel off the side of a building? You’ll be glad to have New Heights on your feet.

Over and Out

Each of the colorways takes on a different look. Total Orange is a loud, bold statement shoe, while Rattan has a sedated, softer look. Rattan also echoes the neutral tone of Timberlands and Ugg boots. Black has a sporty, but industrial look to it that says it’s all action, Doc Martens-style.

Jump On It

The newest addition to the AF-1 family is bound to be one its defining members. Get your boots on the ground and head over to your favorite Nike retailer to grab SF AF-1 “New Heights” in time for Winter 2017. The Women’s New Heights arrives later, on December 1.

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Atmos Dominates All Courts

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Tennis and basketball? It comes across as an unlikely pair, but since 2014, it’s been nothing short of a ground-breaking combination. That’s why November’s newest arrival is captivating audiences across both courts. The Nikecourt Zoom Vapor RF X AJ3 “Atmos” presents the shared greatness of both MJ and tennis superstar, Roger Federer, for $200.

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Nikecourt Zoom Vapor RF X AJ3 “Atmos”

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Retail: $200.00

Colors: Black

Features: Jade hue detail; Classic elephant print; Premium leather upper

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Atmos Dominates All Courts

There’s only one Jumpman, but even MJ himself can admit there are many other sport greats around him. That’s why he realized working with Roger Federer was a slam dunk. Federer, the Swiss superstar with 19 men’s singles titles, was an easy pick. The mutual admiration of the record-setting greats now manifests in fashion as one of the hottest collaborations to arrive in stores.

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Icon Vibes Collide

Icon vibes collide in Atmos. The balance between Jordan and Federer presents itself in cool, futuristic aesthetic elements. Atmos builds upon the original Air Jordan 3 design, especially with the inclusion of the elephant print at the mudguard and heel.

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The Air Jordan 3 silhouette is adapted to reflect more of a tennis shoe vibe, considering it’s not a mid-top. The paring down of the ankle detail keeps the overall look sporty, sleek, and down to business. The Nike Air unit isn’t visible on this release, but that’s just fine considering there’s plenty more to admire on Atmos.

Jade Makes Them Green with Envy

The jade hue detail has been seen in other Jordan-Federer designs, such as the Air Max 1 Atmos. On this Atmos, it appears in the eyelets and on the sole’s Swoosh.

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The color is also carried throughout the tongue lining, as well as in the outfacing Jumpman logo. There’s also a distinct  jade”RF” located at the midsole.

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Of course, Nike isn’t Nike without a pop of contrast color with their own logo.

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Jump On It

Be quick or get beat on November 17. Nikecourt Zoom Vapor RF x AJ3 Atmos is lightening-fast, and will fly off shelves just as quickly. It’s the supreme release to hit stores this November, so be sure to snag it. After all, the Air Max 1 Atmos sold out, and is now selling upwards of $600 just on eBay. Get ahead of this one; you’ll be glad you did.

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Boardroom: Air Jordan 16 Unmasked

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Jordan Brand is ready to suit up for October’s hottest release. Air Jordan 16 “Boardroom” steals the show with a late-month release that dons both history and refinement. With a little bit of nostalgia, and a lot of forward-thinking details, Boardroom soars to the top of everyone’s wish list. It arrives at the head of the table for $250.

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Air Jordan 16 “Boardroom”

Release Date: October 20, 2017

Retail: $250.00

Colors: Black/Teal

Features: Iridescent details & Charlotte theme

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Boardroom Steals the Show

Air Jordan 16 is no stranger to stealing the show. The unique silhouette of the shoe with two looks has been a favorite among sneaker collectors since its 2001 debut. Boardroom turns back time even further, revisiting MJ’s college years for inspiration.

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Jordan Brand takes MJ’s the formative years and transforms them into a the ultimate kicks of the 21st century. The Charlotte-themed shoe takes its colors to the next level with iridescent teal detail and a matte black microsuede shell and upper. Boardroom rocks a youthful, fresh-faced look with the sophisticated detail of MJ’s legacy, in both basketball and fashion.

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Head of the Table

The Charlotte super-shoe is nostalgic, and illustrates how far Michael Jordan’s career has come since he began. Boardroom‘s profile at Nike.com focuses on one achievement in particular:

The latest colorway celebrates MJ’s most recent milestone: the first league superstar to become a team owner.

Nike.com

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Jordan went from having his head in the game, to being at the head of the table. So don’t let the colorway fool you: it’s a matter of remembering where the greatness began. From the teal toe box to the iridescent paneling, Boardroom is the right combination of business and splendor.

Unmasking the Master

As seen in previous Air Jordan 16’s, the shroud is still outfitted with snap closures and Velcro. The fastidious fasteners don’t get much camera time unless they’re being removed, but there’s still a pop of teal on the inside that keeps things bright.

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Once the shroud is removed, Boardroom keeps things low-key. Microsuede is the perfect textile to frame the iridescent panels. Teal remains evenly toned-out from the patent toe box down to the outsole, making the colorway multi-dimensional.

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Jump On It

Pull a chair up to the big table this week when Air Jordan 16 “Boardroom” drops on October 20.

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Bordeaux: Cheers to Air Jordan 12

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Jordan fans are drunk with excitement this week. Air Jordan 12 “Bordeaux” arrives in stores October 14, and is about to make a big splash. The classy colorway with premium suede construction is a smooth $190. The bold, sophisticated release is Nike’s addition to the red shoe trend of Fall/Winter 2017. From the looks of it, Bordeaux is quickly becoming one of the most unique shoes of the season.

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Air Jordan 12 “Bordeaux”

Release Date: October 14, 2017

Retail: $190.00

Colors: Bordeaux

Features: Suede construction; Silver lace grabs; Snakeskin print on sole

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Cheers to Bordeaux

Bordeaux is sexy and sophisticated. Think old money, expensive drinks, and a European feel. The wine itself hails from the Bordeaux region of France, and its sweet decadence is best described by Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly right here. As you can tell, it’s a drink for a those with a refined palate, the same way  Jordans are a sneaker for those with a certain shoe appreciation.

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Of course the new and updated look to the Air Jordan 12 intends to wow, between its premium suede construction and shiny silver lace grabs. Bordeaux dons the elegance of an unopened bottle of wine, but by the end of this week, Jordan fans are ready to uncork and party. And they will.

The Takeaway Colorway

The colorway is what has everyone talking about Bordeaux. Nike is no stranger to the spectrum of reds, Bordeaux emerges as an iconic colorway for the Air Jordan 12. It does suede justice, the same way jewel tones do, and provides a new look for the over 20-year-old design.

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The color stays current with Fall fashion, closely mirroring Pantone‘s colors of the season. It’s no surprise that Bordeaux draws inspiration from the New York palette, in which Tawny Port is a season favorite.

It rises above the other 10 colors, mostly because of its takeover of boots. While winter boots usually come in two staple colors, black and brown, this season has begun to see reds become a competitive third party. Bordeaux leads the seasonal shoe party, starting this weekend.

Bottoms Up

The sole of Bordeaux is just as full-bodied as the rest of the shoe. The houndstooth grip and Jumpman logo keep the shoe’s primary color. White contrast detail encases the snakeskin print, providing a little edge to the classy, understated release.

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Jump On It

If you’re keen on painting the town red with Air Jordan 12 Bordeaux, then arrive early to retailers on October 14. Like a fine Bordeaux, this Jordan won’t last too long– so get on it while you still can.

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Elevated Excellence: AF-1 Takes it Up a Notch

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The AF-1 is about as innovative and fashion-forward as you can get. Nike is at the forefront of Fall/Winter 2017 with Air Force 1 “Elevated Excellence,” with a fresh take on how denim is done. They’re definitely doing it right, and for $200, you can do it too. Check out why Elevated Excellence will be the most talked about shoe of the season:

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Women’s Air Force 1 Upstep “Elevated Excellence”

Release Date: October 7, 2017

Retail: $200.00

Colors: December Sky, Binary Blue

Features: Denim textile wrap; Added outsole height; Suede detail

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Elevated Excellence Takes it Up a Notch

Elevated Excellence delivers the idea of classy-casual shoes in a way only Nike can. They’re the right mix of awesome and ostentatious, all while staying true to Nike’s roots. The AF-1 design shines through the release, and lends itself to a trendy interpretation of denim as a fashion staple.

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Nike is no stranger to experimenting with one of the most popular materials in fashion. Earlier this year, “Reese Denim” also made a splash by mixing light- and dark-wash denim.

Turned Up and Still Classic

The classic outsole stays true to the AF-1 design, but reaches new heights. The slightly taller sole almost reaches platform territory, but stays traditional to maintain the integrity of its original design.

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Elevated Excellence still delivers an jaw-dropping new look to the original AF-1. While the denim certainly gives the shoe serious flavor, its suede detail takes it up a notch. As seen in both December Sky (lighter colorway) and Binary Blue (darker colorway), the suede stays in the same shade family to enhance– rather than dominate- the overall look.

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The stitching detail also enhances rather than dominates. While denim is often seen with contrast stitching (mustard or brown thread), Elevated Excellence utilizes thread that matches the suede. Such a design keeps the lines clean and sedated, especially with heavy red sequin detail. The design stays true to its name, and elevates itself to a high-fashion status.

Undeniable 90’s Vibes

There are undeniable 90’s vibes emanating from Elevated Excellence. It taps into the year’s 90’s revival trend with its thicker outsole, light-wash denim, and big flower pattern.

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Don’t worry– they’re a far cry from the Spice Girl monster bootsLevi’s mom jeans, and Blossom’s infamous flower hat. Nike instead plucks the best from 90’s with Elevated Excellence, defining the shoe as a definite member of this decade.

Jump On It

Step up your style this season by adding the AF-1 Upstep “Elevated Excellence” to your wardrobe. Act fast, though, because this denim is undeniably hot this season.

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Smitten with “Love for the 1”

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How does Nike think it should celebrate 35 years of Air Force 1’s icon status? The AF-1 NBA Low “Love for the 1” arrives 10/12 with a whopping 7 colorways. The release celebrates the hustle and flow of the game, and Nike’s permanent presence on the court. For a cool $100, you can afford to pick up more than one colorway– or all of them.

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AF-1 Low NBA “Love for the 1”

Release Date: October 12, 2017

Retail: $100.00

Colors: White, Black, University Red, Team Red, Game Royal (Blue), Neptune Green, Amarillo (Yellow)

Features: Premium leather construction; Exaggerated Swoosh logo; Nike logo laces

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Smitten with Love for the 1

AF-1’s get all the love anyway, but this time, fans are smitten. The shoe celebrates the work, the hustle, and everything in between when it comes to basketball. Love for the 1 is all about continuing the love affairsPiano19 that have been around for 35 years– between basketball and its players, as well as Nike and the game itself.

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“The new AF-1 Low NBA honors the drive and the hustle it takes to reach your dreams on the court and beyond in everyday life.”

– Nike.com

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Nike designs with intention, and with Love for the 1, they make the connection between AF-1’s and basketball very clear. Not only is the AF-1 logo featured in contrast stitching on the hell tab, there’s also a well-placed Jerry West NBA logo tab emerging from the hell counter.

Colorways for Days

Love for the 1 is available in 7 colorways, because after all, there’s a lot of territory to cover. There’s no better way to commemorate what Nike calls “team spirit and full-force hustle” (via Nike.com) than in NBA-driven colorways. White, Black, University Red, Team Red, Game Royal (Blue), Neptune Green, Amarillo (Yellow) all rock the court this October.

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Not one, but two reds are part of the AF-1 Low NBA collection: University Red (above) and Team Red (pictured later). While they’re stand-alone colorways in their own right, they are further defined by the difference in their Swoosh colors.

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White is the perfect neutral shade for the fall-winter transition, while the Neptune Green delivers a fresh splash of color for the season. Basically, Love for the 1‘s colorways provide options for every fashion choice, whether you play it safe or go for boldness.

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Labor of Love

The AF-1 design is undoubtedly tight, but its construction takes it to the next level. Premium leather wraps the entire shoe with a textured cow hide finish.

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As for the eye-catching laces, their flat design allows for a Nike print throughout.

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By all means, it works day and night to make a statement– many, actually. As a statement shoe and as a shoe honoring the journey toward greatness, Love for the 1 is bound to leave a mark on Fall 2017.

Jump On It

So which AF-1 Low NBA “Love for the 1” will end up in your closet this October? These colorways are too cool to buy in just one color, but buyer beware: they won’t last in stores too long.

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Rosso Corsa: Shoe Sophisticate

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The newest member of the Jordan family arrives September 23.  The Air Jordan 32 “Rosso Corsa” is the talk of the block, and for $185, you might be able to park it in your driveway. The rock-steady Jordan Brand breaks ground with a luxury, racing-car inspired silhouette. Collectors are going wild while they wait to take Rosso Corsa out for a spin. Here’s why:

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Air Jordan 32 “Rosso Corsa”

Release Date: September 23, 2017

Retail: $185.00

Colors: Red “Rosso Corsa”/Black

Features: Flyknit construction; FlightSpeed technology; Zoom Air Units

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Rosso Corsa, the Shoe Sophisticate

The Air Jordan 32 makes its debut with Rosso Corsa, with a luxurious leap into another chapter of Jordan Brand history. Still, in all its newness, the Air Jordan 32 is authentic and true to its roots– so says Jumpman himself:

“We’ve always explored new materials and technology to create the best game shoe. That was evident when we went to Italy to make the II, and it still rings true today. On the XXXII, we challenged our designers to push the limits while staying true to the brand’s DNA.”

-Michael Jordan

Jordan confirms exactly what you thought you were seeing– a lot of inspiration from the Air Jordan 2. Even the Air Jordan tongue patch is the same as it was on its forefather.

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The new design by Tate Kuerbis is still heavily inspired by the finer things in life, and especially, MJ’s affinity for fast cars. The futuristic ribbed detail bears a striking resemblance to side and hood vents on cars with engines to envy. But as in many finer automobiles, the detail isn’t ostentatious; instead, it complements the overall look.

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Racing Red Makes Them Green with Envy

So why choose Rosso Corsa, which is Italian for “Racing Red,” as the launch colorway? The unique color is the historical racing hue for Italian race cars, like Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Ferrari. It’s hard to look at it and not think about racing, shifting gears, and cars that look more like artwork than the machines that they are.

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Kuerbis admits he designed the laces to blend in with the knit. As he says, there’s an obsession with putting “many of the performance elements under the hood.” In true Jordan Brand form, the color and construction make for an innovative, collectible design.

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Smooth Operator

But does Rossa Corsa ride as smoothly as it looks? Of course it does. Here’s Nike’s overview of what’s to come in the Air Jordan 32:

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The Flyknit elevates the fit from good to near-perfect, and the Zoom Air Units present the most cushioning yet. How sum up the sporty, luxurious, and record-breaking release? Just refer to the inside of Rosso Corsa‘s tongue: Bellisimo.

Rolling out More AJ 32’s

Rosso Corsa is the launch colorway for the Air Jordan 32, but it’s not the only one coming your way. Jordan Brand rolls out two other 32’s on October 18, and for the first time ever, it will launch globally in a mid and low version, Bred and Bred Low (top and bottom):

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Air Jordan 32 Bred “High” translates Rosso Corsa into a fully black colorway. Bred “Low” will have the same black colorway, but features a white-on-red mid sole/out sole.

Jump On It

If you’re looking to make a suave, sophisticated entrance, pick up the brand new Air Jordan 32 Rosso Corsa September 23. You’ll need to get to your top speed, quickly, because these Jordans won’t be in the showroom for too long.

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Mind Games: Mamba Mentality

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Mastery is everything. In life, in sports, and in the mind, it’s the ultimate quest toward greatness. It’s no surprise that the master, Bruce Lee, inspired Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving. Their mutual admiration of the martial arts great could only mean one thing: it had to collide in a special release. KYRIE 3 “Mamba Mentality” flies into stores on September 15 for a kicking $120.00.

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KYRIE 3 “Mamba Mentality”

Release Date: September 15, 2017

Retail: $120.00

Colors: Yellow/Black

Features: Snakeskin/Samurai pattern; Trademark Bruce Lee colors; Nike Zoom unit

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Mind Games with Mamba Mentality

Both Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving draw inspiration from Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973), the ultimate martial arts legend. Nike News says that both basketball superstars embody Lee’s famous words:

“Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.”

– Bruce Lee

Mamba Mentality commemorates greatness, beginning with Bruce Lee. Nike cites that the shoe also celebrates a “passing of the torch,” referring to the relationship between veteran Kobe Bryant and 25-year-old Kyrie Irving. So what can be learned from ancestors who channelled greatness? That it all begins with the teaching of one master– who trains the next one.

Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee shines through with red slash marks on the forefoot (via Nike.com) against his trademark yellow and black colors. They were the same colors seen on the Zoom Kobe 5, once worn by Kyrie.

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Bruce Lee meets “Mamba Mentality” on opposing sides of the shoe. The lateral side of the upper rocks a samurai-inspired design, which fades into a snakeskin pattern on the inside panels. The Eastern concept of  yin and yang seems to inspire the duality of the shoe.

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Since opposing forces drive the sport of basketball, it’s no wonder that balance plays a serious role in the game. And balance, both mentally and physically, is everything to Kobe and Kyrie.

From Dragons to the Big Boss

Mamba Mentality continues to thrill. With the stock Zoom Air unit and super-griping sole, the KYRIE 3 keeps its very best elements. The tongue rocks the apparent fusion factor, Kyrobe logo. It’s a marriage of classical Nike artistry to a new vision– torch-passing collaborations between athletes.

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It could be said that the KYRIE 3 is:

“on a constant quest to become a better version of itself.”

– Kobe Bryant (via Inquirer.net)

That’s how Kobe explains what Mamba Mentality is– a process, a quest, a journey. Fast forward to 0:51 to see how Kobe applies the Lee-inspired concept to his personal and professional life.

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Jump On It

The KYRIE 3 Mamba Mentality arrives in stores on September 15. Between now and then, do your training, so that you can master the art of snagging collectible kicks.

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Banned and Brilliant: Air Jordan I Flyknit

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In 1985, Air Jordan I became one of the favorite “firsts” by Michael Jordan. As the basketball shoe that would set the tone on and off the court, it shot immediately to iconic status. This September, Jordan Brand reinvents the first with the Air Jordan I Flyknit “Banned.” Outfitted with a full Nike Flyknit construction, it’s the most breathable Air Jordan I to set foot in the world thus far. Even at a pricey $200.00, collectors are jumping at the chance to grab the newest Air Jordan I design.

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Air Jordan I Flyknit “Banned”

Release Date: September 9, 2017

Retail: $200

Colors: Red/Black

Features: Full Nike Flyknit construction; premium leather Swoosh; OG detailing on tongue & sockliner

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Banned and Brilliant

Banned emerges as both Nike and Jordan Brand explore every available textile. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen how denim and suede have completely changed the face of classic silhouettes. Now with the signature Nike Flyknit, the favorite first (Air Jordan I), takes on a modern, diverse edge.

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Jordan Brand and Nike alike have seen success during their creative (experimentation) process, mostly because they balance risk and reward better than most brands. They take the risk on the aesthetic, because the classic design is rewarding in and of itself. That surpasses brilliance, and moves into genius territory.

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Basically, if it ain’t broke– don’t fix it. The only thing going broke, though, are the footwear fanatics.

New Material

Banned is still completely organic in design and even in the breakdown of the colorway. Air Jordan I’s introduction into a full Flyknit construction looks like a slam dunk. Not only is it a sharp-looking shoe, it’s also pretty lightweight.

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While the original leather of Air Jordan I is lightweight compared to other heavier, thicker leathers, Banned‘s Flyknit offers a more “airy” lightness. The signature Nike technology has become the textile of choice for running and training sneakers.

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Increased “breathe-ability” and flexibility increase Banned’s overall comfort level. After all, they say you should spend the most money in the two places you spend the most time– in your bed, and your shoes.

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It makes all the sense that Jordan Brand would deliver both of those places in a single shoe. With the feeling of being in a home away from home, both athletic and casual wearers will make Banned their shoe of choice.

Still Old School

As new-and-improved as Banned might be, it’s still Old School. The Swoosh and Air Jordan patch are still displayed in in premium leather.

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As for the iconic design that can be spotted a mile away, Banned still remembers its roots. Situated on the inside tongue is a golden “1985” logo, so every time you lace up, you remember the where the legacy began.

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Jump On It

If you’re planning on picking up Air Jordan I Flyknit Banned on September 9, then you better be first in line.

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