NBA's All-Star Weekend Calls for a Special Edition Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
The NBA’s All-Star Weekend festivities are on the horizon and it was only a matter of time before Jordan Brand would unveil another special edition for the NOLA celebration. Along with the Air Jordan 31, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “All Star” will give the classic silhouette an iridescent twist along its toe-box, heel, and panel along the Jordan Wings branding. To close out the design you’ll find the model resting atop of a translucent outsole with visible iridescent detailing throughout.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “All Star” will officially launch on February 19 at select Jordan Brand retailers for $175 USD.
Nike & Jordan Brand Unveil the 2017 BHM Collection
Nike’s annual Black History Month release has come a long way.
What started with a single Air Force 1 has grown into a full-fledged collection over the past decade-plus. With the evolution of the releases has come a progression of the message, too. Originally honoring African-American athletic achievement, the Swoosh’s BHM drops have offered a wider celebration of Black heritage in the years since while this year’s drop incorporates decorative marbling in a blend of black and white. The result is an emphasis on the strength of harmonious movement while punctuating gold accents throughout recall the power of unity.
This time around, Nike and Jordan Brand have called on some of their most popular silhouettes for inclusion in the BHM collection. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant all see their latest Nike Basketball signatures done up in the black/white/gold combo while Serena Williams — fresh off of her record-breaking Australian Open title — sees her Flare included, too. Joining the signature silhouettes are everything from modern runners like the LunarEpic Flyknit to newly resurrected retro kicks like the old Jordan Trunner. The Air Jordan 1 appears as well, getting two different makeups for adults and kids. Finally, it wouldn’t be a BHM drop without the Air Force 1, so a high-top take on the basketball classic is joined by a juxtaposing rendition of the AF1 Upstep. Capping off the release are tees for men and women — which boldly display a message of equality — along with special versions of the MVP jacket and pants.
Check out the Air Jordan 1 above and head on over to Nike Inc. for a look at the entire BHM collection. Jordan Brand’s BHM kicks will hit nike.com and select retailers and February 11 while the remainder of the collection will follow on February 16. As with past Black History Month release, proceeds will go to benefit Nike’s Ever Higher Fund, which was created to bring mentorship, sport and all of its benefits to youth and their communities.
A First Look at the NikeLab x John Elliott Vandal High
“Growing up, for me, you had to invest in sneakers that you hooped in you, wore to school and skated in too, just so you don’t break your bank account buying three pairs of kicks,” said John Elliott backstage — who was accompanied by Frasher Cooke of Nike and A$AP Bari — following his latest show at New York Fashion Week Men’s. “I choose to collaborate with Nike on the Vandal because it became very much my personality in my high school years.”
While the San Francisco designer has worked with Swoosh in the past, showcasing the Nike Aqua Socks in his 2016 spring/summer collection, this NikeLab collaboration is the designer’s first official release with the Portland giant. Crafted from lush suede, the release comes in two colorways, Off White and Dark Green, and features wax lacing, leather tongue and heel patch for a sophisticated finish. Stay tuned for more details on the release.
ACRONYM Is Reportedly Collaborating With Nike on an Air Force 1
Following ACRONYM’s highly successful Nike Air Presto collaboration last year, the Errolson Hugh-helmed label is back with another reported partnership with the Swoosh. Images have surfaced showing off three pairs of Air Force 1 high-top sneakers with ACRONYM branding. Colorways include a tonal blue pair matched with a translucent blue sole, a navy pair with red accents set atop a white sole and a white and blue pair. Taking on ACRNM’s signature functional aesthetic, the shoes are also inspired by the SF-AF1s which feature a buckled ankle strap. Not only have images and videos leaked, there’s already a listing for the shoes on Grailed. Stay tuned for more information regarding this partnership.
Nike's Air Force 1 Silhouette Receives the Gucci-Inspired "Flowerbomb" Custom Treatment
The folks over at FRE Customs continue to make huge waves with their Gucci-inspired variants of popular sneaker silhouettes. Trailing just behind their YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 iteration is their high fashion take on the Swoosh’s iconic Air Force 1 model. The all-black sneaker receives a lavish rose patch embroidery that sprawls across its side panels and is topped off with matching red laces for added flair.
The Nike Air Force 1 “Flowerbomb” is limited to only 10 pairs and will see an official rollout over at FRE Customs on February 3