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Nike and Jordan Brand X Fragment Produces Future Classics

When it comes to street fashion, the United States and Japan are global standard-bearers. Kindred spirits in soul and sole alike, when the Stars & Stripes meet the Rising Sun, the result is usually hotter than hell. This Fall, just as the summer sun is waning, Nike and Jordan Brand are unleashing their newest collaboration with Fragment Design, the brainchild of Japanese streetwear pioneer Hiroshi Fujiwara. Together, the creative minds have turned the clock backward and forward at once, producing some “future nostalgia” in the form of Air Jordan 3s and the all-new Air Cadence. Inspired by streetwear and gym-rags alike, the Cadence is the lifestyle shoe with the heart of a trainer, a perfect pair for the modern “athleisure” trend. On the other hand, Fragment X Jordan 3 is a fitting homage to one of the most important sneakers of the entire street style movement. Throwing-back and future-tripping combine for timeless results.

Rewinding the clock to 2002, Hiroshi Fujiwara first brought his vision to Nike as part of the HTM collaboration between him, sneaker design GOAT Tinker Hatfield, and former CEO Mark Parker. Their collective innovation led to some truly evolutionary footwear, and now Fragment’s founder has returned to remind everyone that as Leonardo DiVinci asserted, “simplicity is the greatest sophistication.”
The Air Jordan 3 is one of Nike’s most treasured silhouettes, and style-savvy Fujiwara has had the desire to give it his signature flair for years. The “Godfather of Harajuku” has been active in intercontinental street style since the 1980s when he brought crates of hip hop records back from New York. Since then, he’s evolved into a sort of “cultural DJ” who spins good vibes and fresh looks deeply rooted in hip hop and the streets. Just in the nick of time, Fujiwara has taken a time-tested, legendary sneaker and elevated it without overwhelming the original. From a distance, the Fragment X Jordan 3 retains the OG visuals but adapts the details effectively and distinctly. Closer examination might lead to a bombastic reaction once its true form is fully absorbed. From the bottom up, these kicks are an uncanny analog to their predecessor, but the originality is glaring at the same time. Clean white soles stand out below the signature black that stretches around the entire shoe. Fragment’s unmistakable double-bolt logo is covertly embossed on the side, but on the rear-heel, it screams boldly in black on white. Overlaid upon the Fragment logo is the iconic Jumpman in translucent clear plastic, reminding the wearer as well as onlookers that this shoe is ​definitely​ a Jordan. The shoe’s tongue bears both brands, with a white-on-white Jumpman on the front and an inverted “fragment” tag on the inside. Paying a stylistic nod to the “Orca” pack, the Fragment X Jordan 3 is an instant entry into the halls of envy.

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Shield’sTM size. All it takes is a pair of scissors to keep your collection creaseless with the originator, ​Sneaker Shields​.

If the Fragment X Jordan 3 is a tribute to the past, then the Cadence is a glance into the brand’s future. The second shoe in the collaboration, the Cadence is a brand new post-basketball Jordan lifestyle runner. Like many new-age Nike trainers, this shoe bears its bones on the outside. The “Particle Grey” colorway provides a scaled tone to the sneaker, crossing boundaries between shades of grey and hints of blue. One look at these and it’s clear they were built for comfort, but the dynamic visual fusion between Nike and Fragment flips them into pure eye candy. The Cadence provides straps on the tongue and heel, which each brand stamps with their respective signature. One unique feature of both the Cadence and Jordan 3 is the addition of a “tooling code” on the lower heel, a signature of Fragment’s collaborations. If the J3 hypes simplicity, the Fragment X Cadence is a vision of excess that doesn’t overwhelm the eyes. The shoe features plenty of padding, air pockets, and a lightweight molded foam sole, giving it a body that exudes comfort. Whether worn on the run or on the beach, the Fragment X Jordan Cadence is a low-key highlight in the form of overcast luxury.

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Later this Fall, a third edition in the Fragment line is expected to drop- a brand new Jordan 35, which deserves its own airtime in the future. Meanwhile, global trendsetters had better have a nice nest egg saved up before reaching for a pair of Jordan X Fragments. Once again, Nike and Hiroshi Fujiwara produce innovative ideas in tandem with the indomitable Jordan spirit. Without a hint of primary color, the Jordan X Fragment pack proves the legendary Rennaissance man DiVinci correct. Sophistication doesn’t require complication but thrives with simplicity, and it transcends nations to elevate culture for its best results.

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Nike Air Jordan 3 “Fire Red Denim”

Summer is drawing to a close and with it one of the most tumultuous seasons in modern history. After months of waiting, the NBA Bubble is thriving and the 2020 playoffs are rounding out heading into the Fall. It’s bizarre, to say the least, but with the delayed league-play finally barreling towards a climax, there’s no better time to celebrate with a new pair of Js. The designers at Nike work year-round to provide footwear fanatics with fresh looks and vintage vibes. For the best of both worlds, look no further than these Air Jordan 3s, the new “Fire Red Denim” retros. The all-time classic silhouette in a legendary colorway appears pretty standard at first glance, but this pair of bangers demands a closer look. Inspired by one of Japan’s most treasured exports, these Jordans make changes that seem minor but transform this mainstay into something new, exciting, and one-of-a-kind.

One look at these beauties can send a shiver down your spine, evoking memories of yesterday’s glories and the spoils of victory. After all, Michael Jordan won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in a pair of white/cement threes, and once the Fire Red is deployed, you can pretty much just call the game. These latest additions to the Jordan Brand family of retro classics are a prime example of small alterations leading to radical results. By and large, these 3s resemble a hybrid of two original looks: the white/cement meets an extra touch of flashy Fire Red. The shoe’s brightest shade is deployed in a fairly unique placement, with most coverage on the inner tongue and glossy ankle collar. The most eye-drawing display of Fire Red comes on the shoe’s heel, where it boldly bursts out from behind the translucent plastic heel tab that almost resembles a shield. The most striking detail of the sneaker is here, where we see the Fire Red “Nike” logo and “Swoosh” piercing through a molded clear vision of the iconic “Jumpman.” From the front, the same unmistakable profile bursts forth in Fire Red on the shoe’s bright white tongue.

Another stunning feature of these sneakers is the addition of denim, which delivers distinctive visual and textural dynamics. The elephant print of the Jordan 3 appears in mid-tone grey Japanese-inspired raw denim finish. The pattern overlays the rear heel wraparound and outer toe and provides a minor highlight on the shoe’s eyestays. The white tumbled leather uppers are one of the original upgrades that traditionally give the Jordan 3s a flair of luxury. As is the case with nearly every release of the third edition, these shoes are fit for the court as well as the runway. Better yet, the blend of nostalgia and innovation makes the “Fire Red Denim” Jordan 3s an immediate example of “how to upset the easily envious.”

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What can be said about the Air Jordan 3 that hasn’t already been etched into the lore of the GOAT of the NBA? Well, for the benefit of the uninitiated, here is a brief review of the history of the Slam Dunk-winning, brand-saving MVPs of Air Jordan. After two years in the league, Michael Jordan was a breakout rising star, having won Rookie of the Year in 1985. The young athlete was hungry, and a little dissatisfied in his situation with Nike. Fortunately (for everyone involved), another upstart was poised to revolutionize sportswear in tandem with His Airness, and the now mythical designer Tinker Hatfield swooped in to save the future of sneakerdom. The first collaboration between the equally-driven dynamos convinced MJ to continue his career with Nikes on his feet, elevated Hatfield to the prime designer role of the Jordan line, and was a grand step toward shifting the paradigm in signature superstar shoes.

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It’s clear to see that the “Fire Red Denim” retro Jordan 3s are an immediate entry in the reissue hall of fame, proving once more that Nike and Jordan Brand are always seeking innovations that reimagine our all-time favorites. The addition of Japanese-inspired raw denim is the cherry on top of a magnificent sneaker sundae, illustrating the brand’s eye for international ingenuity. Whereas most off-the-shelf denim jeans are washed after the indigo dye has been applied, the raw fabric is richer and fades naturally with time and wear. The raw denim overlays on these AJ3s is a grey “selvedge” fabric, a self-finished egde embedded in the textile. One of the primary appeals of Japanese denim is the traditional weaving equipment that creates a unique-yet-natural finish. Upon closer inspection, this phenomenal feature adds an extra element of detail to the elephant print that is synonymous with this sneaker.

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AIR JORDAN 5 “GHOST GREEN”

History is hot these days, and two beloved figures of the 1990s are back and as popular as ever. Thanks to an extended period of downtime, many Americans are falling in love with Will Smith’s signature sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. For sneaker aficionados, The Fresh Prince is synonymous with the Air Jordan 5, which were frequently featured on the feet of His Freshness, Young Willie Style. Nike continues to honor this long-lasting union with a fresh pair of fives, “Ghost Green,” a/k/a “Alternate Bel-Air.” Hitting at the peak of summertime, these retros are everything a “Nineties Baby” could ever wish for and more.

The Americans of Generation Y have reached adulthood, which means what was once considered modern and chic is now completely retro-fabulous. It can be seen in trends across fashion, music, and media, the Neon Nineties are back in style for both the nostalgic and novice. In May of 2020, HBO Max was released to the world, and included in its vast library was the entire 148-episode series run of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. With six seasons to binge, many young parents are now able to share their youth with their own progeny, ensuring another generation understands the need for maxin’ and relaxin’. With those Millenials in mind comes Jordan Brand’s latest brilliant retro, “Alternate Bel-Air,” an Air Jordan 5 with roots in the 90s and a flair for the flashy. These kicks are an easy indicator that the wearer knows more than a few lyrics to “Yo Home to Bel-Air.”

This sneaker takes the silhouette of the Air Jordan 5 and infuses it with the glowing energy of the decade it helped to define. The shoe is anchored by a rich, dark “Court Purple” midsole, baring a few visions of the bright hues that make this vivid colorway. The unmistakable shark-tooth pattern of the Jordan 5’s sole is drenched in “Racer Pink” with gray spattering, bursting forth toward the pristine white body of the sneaker. In fact, the majority of the canvas is colorless, hence the shoe’s neon highlights steal the show. Much of the show is on the interior, with a funky, era-inspired multicolored pattern reminiscent of the graphics on The Fresh Prince. The front of the tongue is a billowy, plush black with an embossed and embroidered Jumpman, alternately in “Ghost Green” on the left and “Racer Pink” on the right. The image is mirrored on the heel of the shoe, mismatching the logo colors fantastically. Similarly, the side panels feature the drop-shadow embroidered “23” in the appropriate tone to match. Finally, the shoe’s undersole combines a glassy “Ghost Green” with translucent rubber and another Jumpman, this time in the same grape-like purple of the midsole. Without going overboard in graphics, this shoe is totally radical.

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Fashion and sports were fundamentally fused in 1984 with the release of Michael Jordan’s first signature Nike, the Air Jordan. Using the young, driven basketball phenom as a muse, legendary shoe designer Tinker Hatfield revolutionized the footwear industry, a market now valued in the billions. At the time, signature shoes were rare, and Nike had not yet broken into the NBA significantly. The marriage of Nike and MJ was the spark that would evolve into the wildfire that is the modern sneaker game. The marketing world was also turned upside-down when the rookie became the face of both a product and the brand itself, a strategy that resulted in the now-iconic Jumpman logo and its eventual splinter brand. Without the talent of Jordan and the innovation of Hatfield, decades of trends would be radically altered.

Before Michael Jordan, an athlete’s signature shoe was relegated to a niche market of fans, if it was available en masse at all. With Nike’s Air Jordans, every year a new model was redesigned and unveiled to unprecedented anticipation, creating a new model to obsess over annually. In February 1990, the Air Jordan 5 was released on the precipice of MJ’s ascent into the stratosphere of professional basketball. As the Chicago Bulls seemed poised to take the top spot in the NBA away from teams like the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers, Mike’s stock was rising both on and off the court. Later, in September of the same year, a rising star from West Philadelphia took his talents from the awards show stages to the small screen. As one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Will Smith had captivated fans with his laid-back, fun-loving style that was the antidote for the gangsta rap blues. As a model of 90s fashion, Will was seen sporting Jordan 5s more often than not. The show went on to be a smash hit for NBC, just as Michael Jordan’s Bulls dominated the NBA.

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Just as Will Smith once kicked up a pair of “Grape” Jordan 5s, modern sneakerheads can revel in the glory of the newest “Bel-Air” inspired pair of classics. Throughout the Jordan retro-revival, variations on the original colorways have taken the OG and made it fresh again, which is precisely what Nike has done with the “Alternate Bel-Air.” The pair is perfect for dancing the Carlton or just kicking back, and they’re a slam dunk if you’re looking to flip flash for some cash.
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Nike Air Jordan 1 “Satin Red”

Since the dawn of history, it seems there has been no greater villain than the snake. Hiding in the grass, slithering in the shadows, poised to pounce, and packing a venomous bite, the snake is the epitome of cunning. Although basketball fans may regard the late Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant, to be the NBA’s greatest asp, there is no doubt that the original serpent is also known as the “Black Cat.” With that in mind, behold the Air Jordan 1 OG “Satin Snake.”

The creative minds behind the scenes at Jordan Brand have been bringing their A-game to 2020, a year that seems to have few high notes. Though Fall is around the corner, the summer heat is still cranked up to 10 at Nike with the release of the women’s exclusive Air Jordan 1 OG “Satin Red,” alternately known as “Satin Snake.” These beauties immediately fall into the category of “all-time classics,” which is a bold statement considering the rich history of Jordans in the Bulls’ signature color scheme. One of the most stunning features setting this pair apart is the black snakeskin that shines around the heel and across the trademark Swoosh. Also available in sizes for kids and toddlers, the “Satin Snake” Jordan 1s are prepared to make some folks very happy.

Taking their cue from OG colorway “Black Toe,” these Jordan 1s are another outstanding example of the Chicago Bulls colors on the shoe that made them famous. Beginning at the bottom with a black undersole/white upper sole combo, with matching white satin side panels and inner toe. Luxurious textures abound as the outer toe and uppers are satin-finished in gym red, material that engulfs the shoe’s tongue and collar. Black faux snakeskin shines like opals around the ankle of the sneaker, further enhancing the shoe’s overall glimmer. One of the Air Jordan 1 silhouette’s iconic features, the ankle flaps continue the black serpentine texture, but with the iconic “Air Jordan Wings” logo embossed upon them. The rear of the shoe is dominated by the black snakeskin, with a thin white satin stripe between it and the red satin upper. Not only does this shoe look retro-fabulous, but it also evokes pure glamour.

When it comes to classic color combinations in sneaker culture, few rank higher than black and red, especially when it comes to Air Jordans. After all, MJ spent the majority of his professional basketball career playing for the Chicago Bulls, at least the years everybody cares to remember fondly. No offense to the Washington Wizards, but Jordans hit a bit harder during his championship era. Before Space Jam and “it’s Gotta Be the Shoes,” there was the shoe “too hot for the NBA.” Just as His Airness was starting his journey to greatness, Nike was kicking off the biggest basketball branding breakthrough of all time. In the 35 years since the original Air Jordan’s debut, it is still considered an essential piece in any sneakerhead’s repertoire, and the more variations the merrier. For true fans of MJ and the Chicago b-ball dynasty of the ‘90s, we’re probably talking multiples in this legendary combination.

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The Peter Moore-designed OG Air Jordans have made their impression on global culture, kick-starting the tradition of annually revamping and reinvigorating a signature shoe. Although the silhouettes evolved throughout MJ’s career, this shoe is still the brand’s cornerstone. The first run of the shoe saw 13 different colorways over the course of their release, counting among them standouts such as “Royal” blue, “Shadow,” and “Carolina Blue” to name just a few. However, nothing comes close to the two most instantly-recognizable colorways: the “Bred” variant, a/k/a “Banned,” and the “Chicago” with the addition of that crisp white. Nike even copied itself with the mythical AJKO canvas “knock-off” Jordan, which was released on the low while the AJ1 filled the shelves. Retros come and go, but the original Air Jordan has stood the test of time, and every discerning collection should include at least a couple pairs in black, red, and white.

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With this female-sized exclusive, those of smaller-footedness get to slide into some shiny classics. The women’s footwear game tends toward lighter, cooler colors and blushes, so it’s always great to see choices with darker and more daring tones. While anyone can rock a pair of Js, these “Satin Snakes” are designed to give a traditionally masculine shoe a bit of designer flair. Anyone with feet that fit these fire-breathers should pounce like a snake on the chance to luxuriate their soles.

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HERE’S THE CURE FOR THE SUMMERTIME BLUES Nike Air Jordan 12 “Stone Blue”

With the NBA set to complete the 2019-20 season from the bubble, many fans might prefer to wax nostalgic for “the good ol’ days.” For many sneakerheads, that evokes one word: Jordan. With that in mind, Nike and Jordan Brand are releasing yet another retro from His Airness’ signature line. The Air Jordan 12 “Stone Blue” drops summer 2020, over twenty years after their initial run. The Jordan 12 was the shoe on the court for championship number five in the Bulls’ dynastic reign, and the “Stone Blue” is the latest in a long line of fitting tributes.

The canvas of the Jordan 12 is inspired by the national flag of Japan, notable for its striking contrast of red and white. The “Stone Blue” 12 takes the tonal variance and matches several hues of indigo against the cleanest, brightest white Nike can offer. One prominent feature of the J12s is the stitching across the sides of the uppers, meant to resemble the rays of the sun as displayed on the Japanese naval flag. Here these ray-like streaks reflect the metallic sheen of the leather in a deeply cool tone. The indigo-dyed leather is where the shoe’s other nickname originates; it is one of the oldest dyes used in textiles in recorded history. The remaining leather on the shoe’s mid-area is vivid, almost beaming white. The view from the front of the shoe gives a perfect yin-yang-like division of indigo and snowy blankness. To look at this shoe is to love this shoe.

The blues continue in lighter shades as highlights on the overall shoe body, most notably the interior, heel and tag, and of course, the undersole. The top of the tongue is emblazoned with the Jumpman logo in Nike ‘legend blue,’ a lighter hue, but vivid nonetheless. The laces appear to be more of a Carolina blue, and silver matte lace hoops add a sparkle. The shoe’s heel is a sight to behold, bringing every color of the sneaker together in harmony. The stitching is exquisite, both bold and minutely detailed, it reads: “Quality Inspired By The Greatest Player Ever.” The larger script simply reads, “JORDAN,” as if there was any other ‘greatest player ever.’ One of the most daring features on the heel is the embossed ‘23,’ a simple but effective accent for the visually stunning rear. However, the undersole may be the most spectacular element for the eyes, crisscrossing and zig-zagging obsidian blue and white abounding. Looming largely at the bottom of the shoe’s toe is another grand vision of the ‘Jumpman,’ again in the lighter ‘legend blue,’ peeking over onto the toe’s front side. Top to bottom, this is a stunning rendition of one of the most beloved entries in the franchise.

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The Jordan 12 is as iconic as any of the classics in the line, but they were a serious stand-out in 1996. Even MJ’s sidekick Scottie Pippen got in on the action, sliding into a custom pair of 12s that boasted his ‘33’ and his last name on the heel. If the shoes make the athlete, Scottie knew his feet were failing with his own pre-Air Pippen kicks. The 1996-97 NBA season was another scorcher, although not record-breaking for the Chicago Bulls. The reigning champs fell just shy of their previous year’s regular-season record of 72-10, but the devilish duo of MJ and Pip took their 12s all the way to a second-straight ring. To the credit of the Utah Jazz, at least Karl Malone got the season’s MVP trophy as a consolation prize. Meanwhile, Mike and Scottie have a couple pairs of Jordans they need to dip in gold.

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Since they first arrived in the mid-nineties, the Jordan 12 has been a sought-after specimen. The original colorway run featured some of the line’s timeless gems, including the Taxi black-and-white, the iconic Bred, and Obsidian Blue, not a far stretch from the “Stone Blue” retro. In a time where retros were rare and dropped chronologically, 2003 saw the grand re-release of the Jordan 12. While most heads turned to the reissued “Bred,” the sleeper hit was the “Nubuck” edition, black-based with highlights of University blue. Years passed and the dirty dozen was given a new paint job time and again. In 2004, a rookie called Carmelo joined the Jordan Brand of fine basketball shoes, and to celebrate the illustrious union, the fans got the ‘Melo’ J-12s, a bright white canvas with that same University blue popping out from the sole. Who can forget Thanksgiving 2009, waiting in line with hundreds of other sneaker-freaks anticipating the drop of the “Flu Game” black and red 12s. Throughout the years, the Jordan 12 has stood the test of time amongst a lineup filled with hits.

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SUMMER HEAT INDEX: AIR JORDAN I SMOKE GREY Nike Air Jordan 1 “Smoke Grey”

Where there is smoke, there is fire, at least that’s what Nike and Jordan Brand hope as they release yet another blazing hot retro edition of the Air Jordan I’s. The “Smoke Grey” J’s are another banger in a long line of revisions of Mike’s first, rulebreaking sneaker, proving again that simplicity is just as strong as splashy. Utilizing a four-color palette, this drop speaks volumes with contrasting shades and a variety of tactile materials to reveal a fresh take on a stone-cold classic. This sneaker is an essential addition to the collection of any Air Jordan completist and will look iconic whether it’s on the shelf or out on the block.

This high top heater begins with on the bottom with a solid black outer sole cradling the white rubber midsole, a clean combo without excessive adornments. The shoe’s mid and toe box are constructed with white leather, overlaid by a grey suede mudguard, eyestays, and heel, providing a neutral base for the thrilling throwback. The black ball-and-wings Air Jordan logo emblazons across the lush Varsity red leather collar, the brightness of color that springs forth amidst a generally plain sneaker. Black padding around the ankle joins this contrast, providing backing for the kick’s bright highlight, and serving as the top-layer in the heel’s full display of the colorway. That view from the rear also sees a vivid red heel tag, stripes of white leather and plush black fabric, and the shoe’s signature smoke grey suede. Nike’s trademark swoosh slashes across both sides in black, providing the shoe’s profile with additional visual variation. As is often the case with classics, sometimes basic is better.

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Along with the many accolades in his young basketball career, the Jordan I was the shoe that made Michael Jordan a household name. When His Airness was still a rookie with nothing more than an NCAA Championship to his name, footwear and fashion were not the dynamic duo of today. Sure, basketball fans could rock a pair of Converse “Dr. J” signatures if they were Philly fans, and Walt “Clyde” Frazier made Pumas popular for Knicks die-hards and wanna-be gangsters, but it was the collaboration between Nike and MJ that married style and star-power to create an iconic brand that would transform both the worlds of basketball and sportswear. Fueled by the creative prowess of designer Peter Moore, and matched only by the tenacity of the GOAT, the inaugural Air Jordan was born on September 15, 1985, forever changing the landscape of marketing and professional athletics.

Since the Chicago Bulls pulled the lucky number three in the draft lottery, and both the Houston Rockets and Portland TrailBlazers passed on the raucous rookie, Jordan was primed to begin his career in black and red. Unfortunately, the first draft, cleverly called the “Air Ship,” was deemed too striking in its crimson for NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league’s antiquated uniform rules of the ‘80s. After making some major changes, the first releases of the Air Jordan matched his team’s bold and strong shades while including the addition of clean white contrasts. Nike famously paid Mike’s penalty to the League for donning the predominantly black and red Jordan I’s before marketing the shoe as the secret to the star’s skills, setting the stage for the most successful marketing campaign in sneaker history.

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Although hypebeasts will inevitably find hotter, more eye-catching releases to sink their teeth into, these Jordans are easily the sleeper selection of the summer. Come to think of it, the Air Jordan I is the quintessential canvas for creating simple yet memorable retros. After shocking sneakerheads with blue variations in the original run, the icon kicked off the throwback trend in 1994 with the first in a long line of Jordan reruns beginning with the unmatchable black/white/red colorway. The three colors that represent the basketball dynasty of the 1990s are peerless in their ubiquity, instantly identifying the wearer as a member of the Chicago congregation. For the March Madness maniacs, why not rock a pair of powder blue and white Jordan 1’s in honor of his North Carolina Tarheel tradition. These Smoke Grey Jordan I’s have taken traditional elements of the OG and introduced minute changes, making it a harmonious hybrid that can hang with the new kids on the court. The blocking of the Air Jordan’s panels and partitions makes the perfect pattern for any palette, especially one that reminds you of the glory days.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY: AIR JORDAN 11 “CONCORD SKETCH”

Fresh into the middle of summer sneaker season, Nike is dropping another instant classic with the Air Jordan 11 “Concord Sketch,” available in kids’ and women’s sizes in the US. The low-top edition of this throwback is clean, sleek, and glossy, seamlessly blending the aesthetic of the ‘90s while looking as fresh as ever. In this colorway, black and white serve as the neutral canvas for the striking concord grape purple. Sometimes, restraint speaks louder than bold color blocking, and these shoes show just that: elevated simplicity.

The “Concord Sketch” low-top begins from the bottom with its translucent, almost oceanic outsole that looks like it grants the wearer airlessness. These are basketball shoes designed for an athlete with an insane vertical, aren’t they? Like many other variations on the Jordan 11, these immediately appear built for both performance and comfort. Visually, the most magnetic feature is the concord grape patent leather wraparound, a saturated shade that appears closer to true blue than deep purple. The original concord/white/black colorway was released as Jordan and his Bulls were battling the blues against the Orlando Magic, so this can be seen as a direct challenge to the wearer’s foes. The white ballistic mesh upper offers increased lightness of weight, adding to the gravity-free functionality of this famous footgear, and the tongue features the rune-like text that says “Jumpman Jordan,” long a token of the AJ XI in both original and reissues. Three Jumpman logos adorn the shoe; small and subtle on the heel, hidden in the insole, and prominently behind the clear rubber bottom. There is no doubt, this is yet another strong foot forward by Nike and Jordan Brand.

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These days, if you say the number “eleven” in conversation, the pop-culture savvy start talking Stranger Things. On the other hand, the number 23 immediately evokes His Airness, Michael Jordan. (Also, a very bad Jim Carrey thriller.) When it comes to Jordan and the number eleven, many more words spring to mind, such as “Chicago” and “championship.” After all, it was the 1995-96 season that MJ and the Bulls began their repeat of the three-peat, winning the first of three consecutive NBA rings. It’s that spirit of rebirth and victory that can be placed onto the Air Jordan 11 throughout its history of releases and retros.

The Air Jordan 11 is most famous as the first basketball shoe to incorporate patent leather, the signature strip of skin that encircles the shoe. The glare that draws stares, this central visual and tactile element took Tinker Hatfield’s previous designs to the next level. Hatfield is, of course, the visionary designer responsible for many of the most innovative releases in the original Jordan line, the wizard behind Michael Jordan’s footwear magic. As MJ made the transition back to basketball (after his bizarre baseball career), he and Hatfield knew they needed to make a grand statement asserting his return to the top. What the masterminds came up with was a basketball shoe like no other, challenging the norms of NBA uniforms and shoes. The sheen of the patent leather gave the 11 an appearance of formality, leading the original wave of wearing J’s and ties into the business world. Mimicking both athletic and dress wear, the Jordan 11 violated the NBA’s archaic dress code and drew ire from league officials. Naturally, MJ paid his measly fines and Nike released more colorways.

The other number that springs to mind when reminiscing about the history of this particular entry in Jordan genealogy is 45, the jersey number donned by His Airness upon his un-retirement in 1995. Many fans were up in arms at the notion that the GOAT could be represented by two different digits, that their jerseys of yesteryear were somehow invalid. By the start of the ‘95-96 season, MJ knew he needed to reignite the fire in his fandom, and that meant resurrecting his golden number and reclaiming his place above the elite. Once Jordan’s legacy had been reclaimed, he went on to win the MVP award in the All-Star Game, NBA regular-season, and of course NBA Finals en route to his fourth championship banner. As Jordan climbed the ladder back to the top, his shoes reflected light and refracted a myriad of hues, blinding everyone in his path to glory.

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The Air Jordan “Concord Sketch” is the realization of a mock-up originally made by Hatfield during the 11’s initial run, making it a sort of bridge between MJ’s glory days and the sneaker of the future. The XI has a long history of holiday retros releasing in December, so that makes this kick a Christmas-in-July stocking stuffer. Women and children deserve just as much of an opportunity to upset and offend haters on the highway, so why not pick up a pair before the celebration ceases. There’s just nothing that hits the heart like the heat generated by the ire of an envious enemy, and isn’t that really what sneakerhead culture is really about?
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SUMMER SLAPPER: ALTERNATE GRAPE AIR JORDAN FIVES

Summer is getting hotter by the week, and Nike, for one, is not showing signs of cooling down. Under the illustrious umbrella of the Jordan Brand, July brings several must-haves including the juicy “Alternate Grape” Jordan 5s. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the original release of the 5th edition of MJ’s iconic line of footwear, which included a classic white-grape colorway.
The sneaker also referred to as “Purple Grape” is the inversion of the OG, bringing the dominant hue to the forefront. While white-based Jordans are always eye-appealing at first, everyone knows that one false step will lead to a smudge or a stain. The “Alternate Grape” J5s are the perfect pair for Air-aficionados who want to look awesome as they strut on the summer streets.

The Air Jordan 5 marks the third design born from the mind of legendary shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, a creative genius who felt the need to elevate His Airness into the stratosphere. Taking inspiration after World War II fighter planes, Hatfield added the shoe’s signature Sharktooth midsole to reflect the ferocity of MJ’s on-court dominance, as well as a winged heel collar evocative of American warplanes blasting through the clouds. The Jordan 5 also introduced the 3M reflective tongue, which would become a prominent feature in the line.

This edition originally dropped for the 1989-90 NBA season, a time when Michael’s laser focus was honed onto one thing- winning a championship. For the young folks out there who are accustomed to modern League play focused on lobbing and draining 3-pointers, the ‘80s was an era of true grit-n-grind. In the summer of 1985, the Chicago Bulls drafted a young guard out of North Carolina with high hopes that he would be the catalyst the team needed to ascend the ranks of the Eastern Conference. The 1980s were dominated by the rivalry between Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics, two teams that still maintain all-time championship records. However, with the 1990s around the corner, both east and west coasts were ready for a shake-up.

In the west, “Admiral” David Robinson was towering over the competition with his upstart San Antonio Spurs, while Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was burning through teams with the Portland Trail Blazers. The east was a far more vicious beast at the time, as a young Charles Barkley led the Philadelphia Sixers as they battled Chicago for second place. Above the fray were the Detroit Pistons, basketball’s “Bad Boys.” Detroit had fought hard and dirty to proclaim league-dominance in 1989 over the Lakers, commanded by Hall of Famers like Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas. After the Pistons won back-to-back championships, Jordan was determined to carry his Bulls into the upper echelon. In 1990, Jordan scored 69 against the poor Cleveland Cavaliers in a pair of Jordan 5s, and the rest is history.

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Looking at the history of Air Jordan 5s, the sneaker’s rise from simple athletic wear to coveted collector’s item is evident; the model has been re-released as a retro nearly 40 times since 2000. Beginning with the original three, it has been seen in countless colorways, yet it retains Tinker Hatfield’s original fighter plane-inspired blueprint. The “Alternate Grape” edition is bold, alluring, and as sleek as any aircraft. Purple suede envelops the upper of the sneaker, contrasted by a reflective black tongue and grey mesh side panels. Nike’s “new emerald” green slashes across the side of the sole in the signature Sharktooth pattern. The shoe’s heel is adorned with the classic Jumpman logo in the same seafoam-like hue. What lies at the bottom of the shoe is a simply spectacular sole, combining black and white with translucence, and a striking silhouette of His Airness in, of course, purple grape. This sneaker is a stunning sight, to say the least.

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As always, Nike and Jordan Brand continue to pursue perfection while they provide the most picturesque footwear for collectors and connoisseurs alike. Air Jordan 5s are one of the most well-loved of the lineage, famously featured on the feet of the Fresh Prince himself. Before Jordan, there were few “sneaker celebrities” either on the hardwood or across the airwaves of television. However, when a young and charismatic rapper-slash-actor took his talents to TV, young Americans saw a reflection of themselves. Will Smith may have gone on to achieve Hollywood superstardom, but in the early ‘90s, he became a surrogate for mainstream hip hop culture. While the hardcore rappers were rocking black White Sox caps and Nike Cortez, Will and Jazz were sporting colorful and vibrant Jordan 5s, most notably the grape ice classic. Fans were finally given a second chance at freshness in 2018 when Nike released a limited-edition retro of the original, embroidered with “West Philadelphia” behind the tongue. Michael Jordan and Will Smith can thank themselves for helping transform urban fashion and making millions in the meantime.

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NIKE AIRMAX 90 ORANGE DUCK CAMO

THE HUNT BEGINS FOR ORANGE DUCK CAMO 90s

The summer of Nike continues as the sportswear titan releases another instant classic, the Orange Duck Camo Air Max 90s. That’s right, Air Max Day is upon us once again, and Nike is blessing the world with more new editions of their classic trainer. The immediate standout is this “Total Orange” Duck Camo colorway, a nod to the previous collaboration with Japanese streetwear shop Atmos. These vivid, eye-catching kicks are the perfect addition to any collector’s shelf, not to mention hitting the streets.

The sneaker is highlighted by total orange, the color most associated with modern wilderness hunting. Darker hues of amber and burnt-orange are arranged from the side panels to the heel in camouflage patterns, dulled by backgrounds of brown and black. The side of the sole stands in contrast with bright, clean white, while the transparent/red air pocket is protected by a ridged black shield. The view from below sees a canvas of total orange cross-slashed with black rubber. The shoe’s interior matches the simple orange and black of the bottom. The sneaker’s signature swoosh is stoic in black, while the classic “Air Max” logo shines bright and small in orange.

Nike’s previous release in this Duck Camo Pack is another stunner, similarly adorned with the vivid hunter’s orange, but in reverse. The deadstock Reverse Duck Camo 90s feature the traditional drab green, olive, and dark brown. One stark difference between the two sneakers is the swoosh; the Reverse features a snakeskin texture and a glossy, almost patent finish.

Another recent Air Max that has caught eyes is the neon-highlighted “Ghost Green Camo” 90, which was released this past spring. This colorway begins with an overall white base, overlaid with accents of black and bright green. “Ghost Green” is evocative of everyone’s favorite film specter, Slimer (of Ghostbusters fame), and his signature Hi-C Ecto Cooler. The camouflage is much more subtle in comparison to the rest of the shoe’s colorway, yet still a crucial design component.

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The most outrageous of the Camo Duck Air Max designs is actually not a classic 90, but instead the similarly-kitted 2090. Released in “Infrared Duck Camo,” the 2090s in this pack are a step in a bold direction. The overall base is black with ridged texture and mesh overlaying extremely subdued classic camo. What really draws the eye are the rich additions of Nike’s iconic Infrared. From the slight details of stitching to the bold, hard-plastic and rubber of the heel, hues of Infrared burst through in this evolution of the Air Max, the beautifully-chunky 2090.
Air Max Day is typically celebrated on March 26 each year, honoring the initial release of the original Air Max 1s in 1987. That date has passed, but 2020 is kind of a special year, one might say. Millions of Americans have been mostly stuck indoors since March thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many fashionistas with more free time than usual. Also, quarantines have a lot of folks missing their physical communities and are relegated to self-expression and socialization through phone screens and internet hangouts. Thankfully, Beaverton, Oregon’s biggest business is stretching Air Max Day into summertime, one of the few victories in a year full of L’s.

It’s easy to see that Air Max 90s are an excellent canvas for the design team at Nike, which is another reason to be excited about Air Max Day releases. In addition to the Duck Camo Pack, the Nike-By-You platform featured an exclusive Air Max 90 Metallic Pack. Finishes of gold, rose-gold, and silver are fully-reflective and cover the entirety of these glossy gems. The futuristic 2090s are also getting more chances to break out into their own lane, including some phenomenal female-sized fare. Additionally, Brazilian sports superstar Neymar has a new collaboration with Nike dropping in the form of both black and white-based 2090s.

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Fans with an international eye may know that Air Max and camouflage have been previously paired in 2013’s Camo Pack. The running shoe paid tribute to a number of countries’ actual military colors and patterns; France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom were each honored, each insole adorned with the nation’s flag. Other classic instances of camo in Nike’s arsenal include previous releases in the skateboarding division, with numerous grails among the SB Dunk array. Finally, one cannot neglect the impact of Japan’s boutique, Atmos, and their design innovations upon the Air Max line. The original Air Max Duck Camo came as a limited design in the same year as the more traditional camo colorways, and their popularity made the latest editions inevitable.

Sneakerheads are going to have to put in some work to snag a pair of Orange Duck Camo Maxes before they vanish into collectors’ closets and resellers’ e-stock. Even before release, resale markets show a generous markup on these flames of fashion. Previous entries in the pack are already fetching pretty prices, and before long they’ll be the envy of those who miss out. Once you score a pair of Air Max 90s (or 2090s for that matter), make sure to pick up at least one set of Sneaker Shields. Nobody wants creased mesh in their toe boxes, so preserve your sportswear assets with regular care and upkeep.

SPACE HIPPIE COLLECTION IS BEAUTIFUL TRASH

Remember all those empty Smartwater bottles you threw into the blue bin at the gym? They might be the most comfortable part of your new pair of kicks. Sneakerheads are ready to rock rubbish this summer with Nike’s long-awaited release of the Space Hippie collection. The hype is high for these Hippies (which were delayed from an earlier June release) as the full pack of four is set to drop on July 3. Featuring materials consisting of everything from recycled water bottles to factory floor scraps, Nike is going all-in on sustainability without neglecting style. Although this collection’s tagline for each shoe is “This Is Trash,” Nike has actually managed to create four eye-popping treasures.

According to Nike, “Space Hippie is an exploratory footwear collection inspired by life on
Mars—where materials are scarce and there is no resupply mission.” The same rings true for Earth, which is why the footwear pioneers are leading the charge toward a more eco-friendly future. Using leftover “space junk” and “radical design,” this pack features four unique and unconventional shoes that stand up against a wasteful society. Each individual shoe (designated simply as 01, 02, 03, and 04) has its own silhouette and striking visuals, all created by amalgams of yarn, rubber, foam, and mystery materials. Lightweight and flexible, the Space Hippie collection is built for urban explorers and athletes alike.

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The Space Hippie collection starts with 01, a classic low trainer in a vague colorway of grey mesh, speckled blue foam, and vivid orange highlights. This shoe looks lighter than air itself, something someone can easily slip on before speeding through the streets. Rainbow-colored composite laces highlight the view from above, weaving between black elastic and bright orange threading. Upon close examination, the signature Nike Swoosh is stitched into the sides erratically, but its iconic shape is unmistakable from a distance.

The 02 is a mid-monster with similar style and color, but with a more relaxed-looking fit.
The Crater Foam midsole takes Nike Grind and blends it with a soft foam composite for comfort, while the upper is made from “Space Waste Yarn.” This consists of 90% recycled polyester harvested from t-shirt scraps, leftover yarn, and plastic water bottles. Reused ZoomX foam scraps provide the cushioning inside these cushy runners, making them quick and comfortable.

Many hypebeasts are already claiming Space Hippie 03 as the king of the pack, and one look at these high-tops will convince you that the hype is real. An advancement in utility leads the way with Nike’s Flyease technology providing the tightest fit with the least effort. The “Eject” label, for use in releasing the sneaker’s grasp, is just one indicator that these eclectic, almost sock-like shoes could send you straight to the red planet. The plastic clip on the shoe’s side is engineered with an orange strap that immediately draws attention as the shoe’s primary accent piece. These are, without a doubt, the standouts of the collection.

For those who prefer the female sneaker, the Space Hippie 04 is just as sleek as the other trainers but with more of a grey washout look. The sole adds a lift and a heel strap provides rear stability, making them look stealthy and supportive. Overall, the entire “exploratory footwear collection” looks like a Neil Armstrong-sized step into the future of athletic gear.

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Nike’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint even extends to the cardboard box that ships the shoes. Rather than throwing the signature orange box into yet another box, the Space Hippie comes in a single box made from repurposed materials and plant-based ink for the printing. All of this leads the way into the company’s “Move To Zero” campaign, a push toward zero carbon and zero waste. In fact, these were originally envisioned on the feet of athletes from around the world as they competed in the now-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This would not have been limited to footwear, as the sportswear brand had planned full Olympic apparel made from recycled polyester and yarn. With organized sports on pause for the moment, the Space Hippie is now likely to become a fashion statement on sidewalks everywhere.

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Many of my favorite memories of playing street hoops as a teen took place on an outdoor court made from 100% recycled Nike soles. Twenty years later and the Oregon-based sportswear brand continues its attempts to reduce its carbon footprint and close its own product lifecycle. John Hoke, Nike’s Chief Design Officer, sees these shoes as a step toward “attacking trash as the villain.” As everyone attempts to do their part in combating climate change, the Space Hippie collection is proof that fashionistas don’t have to sacrifice style for substance. Rather, the future is in the hands of both creator and wearer, and all parties prefer to make a statement. Make sure to keep your statement fresh with a new pair of Sneaker Shields, the original and best choice to keep your kicks crease-free.

NIKE TEAM TONES DUNKS SECOND DROP: UNIVERSITY RED

Nike is throwing a bone to sneakerheads this summer with the release of the slick-yet-inexpensive “University Red” Dunk Low. The classic college kicks are getting some earned love as a staple in Nike’s vast arsenal of versatile shoes, and these look to be the first in a collegiate color pack. This “University Red” colorway (which is very similar to the signature hue of the St. John’s University Red Storm) falls into the Sportswear division of Nike rather than the popular SB category. Although skateboarders have taken Dunks as their own in the last twenty-something years, most sneakerheads have forgotten the shoe’s origin as a go-to on college courts. Another addition to the new “Team Tones” series, it’s about time the SB Dunk’s more uptight, athletic sibling got some overdue admiration.

These lows are stylish and simple, starting with a clean and solid red undersole. Moving up along the shoe’s side, the simplicity continues from the sole to the neutral white leather sides. Overlays of the shoe’s namesake color flood in from the shoe’s heel, where the “NIKE” block logo pops through in white. The two colors contrast perfectly over the entirety of this sneaker. Looking from above, one can see the strengths of both red-on-white and its inverse as the two tones shift visual dominance with ease. Like a vintage high school or college varsity jacket, these low dunks are instant staples in any red-forward outfit or as standout pieces to a more subdued hookup.

It’s odd that a shoe synonymous with skateparks would have strong origins in organized collegiate sports, but Nike has been working with this silhouette for decades. The Oregon-based company took a big leap into the world of college basketball fandom in 1985 with the legendary Nike College Colors Program. Bearing the slogan, “Be True to Your School,” these new Dunk colorways encouraged students and alumni of popular schools to rock a pair of dunks in their honor. The fantastic footwear that followed became Nike’s original team shoe, beginning a trend that would take most major team sports by storm. College programs across the nation united fans and athletes alike with kicks that were instantly recognizable and symbolized an informal “spirit squad” of sorts.

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Some of America’s most recognizable schools were represented in the original “Be True to Your School” pack: the University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, and Syracuse were just three of the teams featured, all of which have a storied history in college sports. Color schemes that are well-known around the world were once limited to regional recognition. However, as soon as the now-iconic NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament hit TV, fans could rock “maize and blue” on the east, while west-coasters could show their pride in the University of Iowa’s black and yellow. In fact, it would be Iowa’s “goldenrod yellow” that would unite hip-hop fans as extreme followers of Wu-Tang; since the actual Wu-Tang Dunk was ultra-limited, the Hawkeyes’ edition would have to do. If it hadn’t been for the dedication of millions of college stans, these kicks may have never made their way into skate parks across the globe.

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The Nike Dunk was built for lateral support and pivot-traction, two desirable attributes when riding a longboard or doing your best Tony Hawk impression, so the shoe organically evolved into a natural choice for skaters. In the late ‘90s, when Warped Tour was still at its peak and everything were was getting an “extreme” makeover, skate shoes were the territory of Vans and Airwalk. However, many sneakerheads may not realize how influential the release of the Air Jordan 1 was for the skateboarding world. It’s only natural that Dunks were sought out for their similar silhouette and support, and more notably smaller price tag. In 2002, Nike rolled out the SB division to huge acclaim, where they continue to innovate to this day.

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The “University Red” Dunk Low is just one in a pack of “Team Tones” colorways being released by Nike this summer. Earlier this summer the “Brazil” dunks dropped with a varsity-maize/pine-green look that pays tribute to the world’s soccer/football legends. Soon, Syracuse Orange fans will be able to grab a pair the third release, blue-dominant dunks that evoke the 2004 post-championship retros. Whether you are a collector, reseller, or an everyday trendsetter, make sure to pick up some Sneaker Shields and keep your Nike Dunks crease-free.

NIKE RAISES HAIRS WITH AIR JORDAN 6 “HARE” RETROS

This summer’s red-hot sneaker release schedule keeps heating up with Nike’s Jordan VI “Hare” editions set to drop on June 17th. This colorway is immediately recognizable as the mark of Jumpman’s favorite rascally rabbit, Bugs Bunny, available now on the J6 for the first time. A few years after appearing in Nike commercials together, Mike and Bugs saved the world in the hit film Space Jam (1996). The “Hare” edition of His Airness’ signature shoe originally dropped in 1992, but the Jordan 6 makes a fantastic canvas for this exciting update of two classics.

It’s been almost thirty years since Michael Jordan first shared the screen (and court) with Warner Bros.’ most beloved bunny, but the impact of their collaboration has echoed through the decades. Many big-spending collectors grew up with Saturday morning cartoons, Looney Tunes among them, and the nostalgia is strong with this bunch. Nineties kids love flexing their monetary muscles on memories, and the Retro “Hare” sixes are a one-of-a-kind reissue. With a mid-range retail price of $190, these kicks are sure to be seen on young thirty-somethings just in time for peak summertime hangs in the sun.

Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny were a perfect pair: while Jordan had been hurting feelings on the court for a mere decade, Bugs was a 50-plus-year veteran of pranking fools (animated, as they may have been). After selling sneakers to kids around the world, the popular duo took basketball and marketing to the literal stratosphere with the live-action/animation hybrid, Space Jam. The surprise hit featured NBA athletes in their prime facing off with cartoon animals and aliens in a basketball game with Earth on the line. In case you are so unfortunate to have not seen this cinema classic, it begins as a fictionalized account of Jordan’s 1992 retirement.
Stars like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Larry Johnson joined the film as themselves, their talents swiped away by aliens called ‘Nerdlucks,’ as they battled Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil on the court. Thanks to the unlikely help from Bill Murray, Bugs and MJ save the planet and the G.O.A.T. makes a triumphant return to the league. Needless to say, Space Jam is a fitting time capsule of peak Jordan.

Speaking of fitting, the Jordan six features a notoriously narrow toe box, and our Gen-X Universal Sneaker Shields is a perfect fit for any pair of J’s. Our products are built to last, made with crack-resistant, super soft plastic, and they’re guaranteed to keep your kicks crease-free. If your Shields are a little snug, they are easily customizable with a pair of scissors. Whether you’re a collector or a seller, Sneaker Shields are an essential part of your everyday shoe care.

This sleek sneak begins with the neutral grey/white Air Jordan 6 base atop a white and true red sole. The multicolored translucent tongue is accented by a plastic carrot-like lace lock, and the black molded plastic support heel sits above a lilac-blue Jumpman logo. The shoe’s interior is black with another white Jumpman, and the bottom sole adds a third for safe measure. Visually, this shoe is a stunner of a throwback, simultaneously flashy and low-key.

The Air Jordan 6 is no stranger to attention; after all, it was the real star of Spike Lee’s 1992 basketball movie White Men Can’t Jump, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrellson. Of course, Spike has been tied to Nike and Michael Jordan since the 1980s when their historic collaboration began. The three parties revolutionized sportswear marketing with the “It’s Gotta Be The Shoes” campaign for the Air Jordan 3’s. These days, the 6’s have even gotten the obligatory Travis Scott makeover, which is a huge stamp of approval for contemporary sneaker collectors. This was also the first Jordan to get the Olympic treatment, giving it an international flair. The Midnight Blue/Varsity Red/White colors evoked United States Basketball dominance, another characteristic that is synonymous with the Jumpman’s branding.

Beginning with the “Olympic” and the “Black/Deep Infrared” colorways in 2000, the Air Jordan 6 has seen a number of attractive retros and limited-edition releases. “University Blue” is the spotlight color in 2002’s tribute to MJ’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina, a bright white shoe with hints of a translucent grey sole. In 2010, Jordan Brand even released a “Pistons” colorway variant of the AJ6, showing tremendous respect to the gritty Detroit Bad Boys that were once great rivals of the Chicago Bulls. The 6 was also featured alongside the AJ7 in the legendary “Golden Moments Pack.” Some of the Retro J6’s have gotten quite innovative and bold; the “Cigar” variant pairs Chilling Red and Raw Umber leather to create a visual smokescreen, while “Champagne” evokes images of decadence, money, and championship gold. Lee and MJ reunited in 2014 with the coveted Spi’Zike “History of Jordan” edition, bringing their collaboration into the 21st century. With each subsequent retro release, Nike continues to dazzle sneakerheads with innovative variations of this classic shoe.

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The Air Jordan Retro VI “Hares” are another smash hit from Jordan Brand, and they’re not going to last long on the retail market. Priced at $190, these gems drop online at Nike.com and at retailers such as Foot Locker, Champs, and Finish Line. However, expect to see this hair-raising hybrid hauling a hefty sum on resale sites. Routine shoe care is essential for preserving your fashion investment, so whether you are a collector, reseller, or an everyday trendsetter, make sure to pick up some Sneaker Shields and keep your new J’s crease-free.