May 24, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
Now more than a decade later, it seems as though the hard work, industry shifting designs and legacies of the past are seemingly being undone with the release of each and every pieced-together hybrid "tribute" shoe. The Nike Air Max A Lot
basketball shoe, a meld of the Air More Uptempo and Air Pippen II, is hardly what anyone would label a modern icon. The upper features the bold A-I-R lettering that was impossible to miss in 1996, sure, but without the attribute that made the Air More Uptempo such a great shoe its complementary aligned full-length Max Air unit. The jeweled TPU bar from the Air Pippen II is dropped into the midsole instead, with a heel Air unit and re-appropriated font up the spine of the shoe. The Nike Air Max A Lot basketball shoe pays homage to the Scottie Pippen era by fusing characteristics of the Air Pippen II and Air More Uptempo into one basketball shoe. Full-grain and synthetic leather upper with traditional tongue construction. Medial and lateral gore strap offers optimal fit. Full-length, injected Phylon midsole with exposed visible Air unit in the heel. Outsole patterns inspired by some of Nike's most influential flight shoes.
May 23, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
The Nike Zoom Kobe V
is the next evolution of professional basketball footwear, emphasizing superior performance fit (a new last has sculpted arch and heel) with upper and bottom technologies working in a system, one supporting and enhancing the other. At 10.6 ounces it is one of the lightest professional basketball shoes, but for Kobe that's kinda expected. Next-generation Flywire Technology is more durable and offers better dynamic fit and lighter weight. Perforated foam mesh composite tongue provides more comfort and breathability. Added abrasion resistance in the tip and forefoot by second layer skins. Heel construction gives better conformance to the foot while maintaining superior stability. Dual counter (internal and external) and fabric collar. With a White/ Blue-Varsity Purple-Black colorway, perforated vamp and quarter delivers better breathability. Heartbeat traction pattern tells the story of heart and dedication in the game, as well as cardiovascular training. Flex groove pattern on the outsole gives great transition from medial to lateral as well as from heel toe. The Nike Zoom Kobe 5 (v) professional basketball shoe cushioning is provided by 6mm Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and 14mm Zoom Air unit in the heel. Extremely sculpted midsole helps the entire shoe fit better to the athlete's foot anatomy. Outsole provides great traction and durability with strategically placed outrigger and minimal wrapping in the heel.
May 23, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
The Los Angeles Lakers moved past the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the second round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs being led by their fearless leader, Kobe Bryant, whose signature Nike professional basketball shoe has been released in a new colorway featuring a black based, with del sol used for the swoosh border, tongue branding, Kobe signature, and the outsole. Completing the look are speckled laces and a similar looking midsole that compliments the Lakers Away uniforms. The Nike Zoom Kobe V
basketball shoe is the next evolution of basketball footwear, emphasizing superior performance fit a new last has sculpted arch and heel with upper and bottom technologies working in a system, one supporting and enhancing the other.
May 6, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
Penny has been sidelined due to injury but not forgotten by Nike. Penny Hardaway hasn't been in the league for some time, but his shoes have managed to retain sneakerheads interest. Whether it's the Nike Air Penny II or the Nike Air Foamposite One, the sneakers that have graced Anfernee's feet still get us to pull out our wallets. Add this Nike Air Penny III
retro basketball shoe to the list. The toe box joins with the rest of the shoe upper there are about 4 rows of perforations all neatly arranged while the white shoe lace contrasts with the black tongue. The shoe laces are thick string that match with the look of this shoe. At the tip of the tongue, there is a tab hook this feature is also repeated at the back tab of the shoe. The varsity red portion covers approximately half of the shoe. The midsole almost disappears for the center of the shoe while the heel has a prominent midsole. The midsole of the heel has a transparent section that showcases the Nike Air technology which helps show off the mirror-finish Penny logo near the heel. The Nike Penny III retro basketball shoe is meant to be a classic.
April 26, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
As the NBA season is winding down, Kobe Bryant and Nike are preparing for the playoffs and Kobe's mission to acquire his 5th championship. During his run to the NBA Championship, Kobe will rock and Nike will release the Playoff Pack Nike Zoom Kobe V professional basketball shoes. This colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe V Carpe Diem
is part of a collection known as the Playoff Pack. The color choice is the obvious Lakers inspired. The uppers of this professional basketball shoe are done up in black. Varsity Purple accents are assigned to the tongue, toe cap, and rear panel. Touches of gold are also used on the shoe, and are spotted on the mid panel and Nike Swoosh outline. Instead of the reptilian texture that pops up on many of the Nike Zoom Kobe V, the Playoff pack Nike Zoom Kobe V Carpe Diem features Nike's Playoff Pack print for this year which is a print made of small triangles that come together to make one larger cohesive print.
April 25, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
Nike never fails to amaze sneakerheads out there with its continuous high quality and striking releases. It came as no surprise at all when another colorway for a silhouette from Nike is now available at selected retailers named as the Nike Air Max Hyperize Playoff Pack
basketball shoes. The new colorway from this famous brand is in white/black-university blue combination. Though the color combination is quite common nowadays in market, its other features are just captivating enough. The basketball shoes other characteristics include Hyperize upper part, famous Air Max 360o sole and the unique design of various shapes such as triangles and hexagons. These cool shapes are in geometric jumble starting from the midsole that beautifully fades into white.
April 25, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
While LeBron James current signature basketball shoe has already been seen in a number of colorways, this special Air Max LeBron VII P.S. has been designed for the Cavaliers' playoff run. This Nike LeBron VII PS
(Post Season) in Back/Red-White looks to have been designed for away games. As you can see, the visible 360 Max Air unit has been replaced with a more subtle embedded unit. Black patent leather wraps around the base of the upper, contrast the white midsole sitting on the icy outsole. Gold accents appear throughout, including around the Swoosh and Flywire threading. Red can also be found in large amount on the tongue and laces. Also, with a title on his mind, the red-eyed lion near the heel on the medial side is more menacing than your usual LeBron lion.
March 30, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
The Nike KD II
is a signature basketball shoe designed for one of the league's top performers - Kevin Durant. The Nike KD II Black/Photo Blue/Team orange is a perfect match for its recipient, a strapped midtop that makes the most of Oklahoma City orange and blue uniform colors. This Kevin Durant signature basketball shoe uses a subtle gradient on the mudguard piping, plus double contrast stitching to tie everything in together nicely, rubber cupsole design encapsulates a cushion foam and forefoot Nike Zoom unit that provides a plush ride. Flex grooves cut through the rubber to allow for smooth foot transition. While the various words and letters on this signature shoe are just like Kevin: slender and sleek.
March 30, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
It seems everyone has his or her own theory of where the N.B.A.'s biggest young star (Lebron James) will end up after free agency this summer. This Nike Air Max Lebron James VII Low
basketball shoes are dedicated to the slew of rumors that have surrounded James' supposed destinations after the off season. Nike has found a creative way of turning a rumor mill into the Nike Air Max Lebron VII Low basketball shoes. Unlike the mid version, the low tops only use an Max Air bubble in the heel of the sole, as opposed to the full length. This basketball sneaker features very simple, nearly monotone colorway. Inspired by one of the teams Lebron James has either mentioned or the press has ultimately associated him with. This Nike air max Lebron VII Low grey/ grey-white-midnight-navy represents the New Jersey Nets whom Lebron James has been associated with thanks to his friend Jay-Z's co-owns. After this year's playoff run, let's see where the games preeminent star lands.
March 17, 2010 5:00:00 PM PDT
It was just one year and one month ago when Nike unleashed the "Eggplant" Nike Air Foamposite
to many people's excitement. This year, Nike is looking out for those who missed out on this shoe last year and those who just want to double up on this shoe. Around this time last year , the "Eggplant" Nike Air Foamposite released nationwide. It went on to become one of, if not the most highly anticipated retro basketball sneakers.The Air Foamposite One is arguable one of Nike Basketball's most successful designs of all time. They were the first shoes to feature Nike's innovative Foamposite technology. Since its initial introduction, the retro basketball shoes instantly became a classic model among many sneakerheads around the world. The Nike Air Foamposites have been released in a flurry of color-ways so far but none as highly sought after as the Eggplant.
February 24, 2010 4:00:00 PM PST
The Nike Air Total Max Uptempo
is a classic basketball shoe that's dressed some of the league's biggest players. We saw a resurgence of this shoe last year in classic colors, but it looks like Nike is set on bringing us at least one new colorway with this Black/ Varsity Red make up. Originally released in 1997, this basketball shoe featured full-length Air Max technology and came in a number of nice colorways, including Black and Volt. This classic basketball shoe consist of black nubuck used for the mid-foot and toe, working directly down the middle. On either side, black leather is the material of choice. Varsity Red is the chosen accent color for the outsole and mid-panel swoosh making this shoe a great addition to any collection.
February 18, 2010 4:00:00 PM PST
No doubt if you're into Foamposites you've been wondering when these "Penny" inspired retro basketball shoes were going to ever release. The Copper Nike Air Foamposite One
will definitely be one of the more popular sneakers from Nike's prestigious basketball line. These retro basketball shoes hosts a full copper upper with black accents seen on the lace region and carbon-fiber plate, while the sole is fully translucent. The icy sole of the Copper Nike Foamposite One is definitely one of the most sought after aspects of a sneaker, and will be an integral part of this pair's success. The "copper" Nike Air Foamposites One combines the two Pennies in the best way possible, the beloved Foamposite One and the color of the coin.
January 21, 2010 4:00:00 PM PST
The Nike Zoom Kobe IV was arguably the best and most innovative professional basketball sneaker for the 2008-09 season. Weighing in at 10.6 ounces, the Nike Zoom Kobe V
instantly becomes the lightest Nike professional basketball shoe ever created. This shoe definitely goes in the opposite direction of any basketball sneaker to date. It draws most of its inspiration from the soccer field. Some of its distinctive features include phylon midsole and a low profile for responsive cushioning, herringbone traction, glass fiber for extreme arch support and a flywire design composed of TPU skin that is half the weight and makeup of the original flywire design. One cannot argue that this is definitely a highly-detailed basketball sneaker. It obviously possesses the well-recognized Lakers color scheme, but its texture makeup and design set this shoe apart from many. Its most distinctive feature lies on the side panels as mentioned before where a covered flywire design appears. It also owns a new, shiny, scale-like material throughout the mid-foot and toe area. Other distinctive features include Kobe's number 24 at the front of the sole and a mesh-like pattern located on the collar area.
January 12, 2010 4:00:00 PM PST
Nike Air Flightposite II LE
basketball shoe returns, Kevin Garnett hooped in these as a signature model in Minnesota. The Nike Flightposite series of the late 90's/early2000's truly turned heads on the asphalt and on the streets the designs were very Alien-esque and pushed the envelope of basketball shoe architecture. The Nike Air Flightposite I was retroed over the last two years, much to the pleasure of sneakerheads and sport enthusiast. Nike has released the Nike Air Flightposite II LE, otherwise known as the Flightposite KG, it was Kevin Garnett's signature shoe with Nike before he bolted to adidas. While KG's name may be removed, the Nike Air Flightposite II LE basketball shoe is still the choice material for the upper's construction. Zoom Air technology can be found in the sole with a carbon fiber midsole and in-step zipper that covers the laces, which are seldom used in basketball kicks, but that is precisely why the Nike Flightposite II LE was a huge success.
January 12, 2010 4:00:00 PM PST
Nike's newest Lebron James signature basketball shoe, the Nike Air Max Lebron 7 (VII) NFW
, features the usage of one of Nike's most identifiable innovations, Nike Flywire. However there have been a couple of colorways of the Nike Air Max Lebron 7(VII) NFW that don't feature the Flywire technology including this newest White and Varsity Red colorway. This particular LeBron 7 (VII) owns a mainly white leather upper combined with minimal red patent leather accents in the form of the swoosh, the collar area, and tongue logo. The signature basketball shoe also is complimented with a red tongue border and a red full-length Air Max sole. However, its most distinctive feature is seen on the side panels. Similar to the aforementioned "Red Carpet" Air Max LeBron 7(VII). The various colorways that don't use Flywire are being identified with a "NFW" after the shoe's name, which stands for "No Flywire".