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Riccardo Tisci’s love of the Air Force 1 runs deep. The shoe is an everyday staple for the noted couture designer and it is emblematic of his childhood. During his early years in Italy, from the ages of 7 to 15, basketball was the only sport that Tisci — a self-proclaimed devotee of overseas cultures – connected with.
Tisci’s love of the game and the brand created an emotional link to Nike from the very start, making the Nike + R.T. AF1 collection deeply personal.
The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo reimagines the shoe that changed basketball footwear forever — a bestselling masterpiece that shocked audiences on its 1982 introduction with its pivot-point outsole, full-length Nike Air engineered for the court, and unique shape. Released in thousands of colorways, the crisp look of the Air Force 1 at its finest is celebrated here with a difference — familiarity subverted in reverential but rebellious style.
The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid is based on the 1990s remix of a classic, bisecting the upper with colors and patterns. Strips that run beyond the supportive jacquard woven ankle strap complement new blocking.
The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Hi takes the shoe that defined street culture and sport to a higher level. Exaggerating the height of the original Nike-Air basketball design, this is one of two new iterations of Force created by Tisci especially for this collection. Tribal looks clash with timeless technology as mask-like applications on the heel meet original design features, bringing new attention to a shoe that started life as a shock to the system.
The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Boot is the most escalated expression of athletic looks in this collection. The Air Force 1 defined height when it debuted. Now that sense of support and fit is extended by using new manufacturing processes that take the shoe to knee height. An inner boot sits within a classic Force silhouette for unexpected elegance. That extension gives the Air Force 1 Boot new terrain for patterns, from the colored lines on the towering tongue to the swooping strips above the ankle. This is a new, taller form that capitalizes on contrast but still remains recognizable as an old favorite.
First releasing on March 21, The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection in white will be available at select Nike concept locations such as 151 Wooster, 21 Mercer, Dover Street Market New York, London, and Tokyo, 1948 London, Nike Stadium Milan, X158 Shanghai and with select retail partner locations globally.
The Nike + R.T. Collection in black will release globally in May. Experience the collection at Nike.com.
The Nike Free Hyperfeel TR’s lightweight upper acts like a second skin for the athlete’s foot, providing ultralight, training-specific support with a contoured fit. Flyknit technology seamlessly integrates areas of breathability, stretch and support where they’re needed most. For example, with this technology, designers can incorporate tighter zones in precise locations where athletes require increased support.
Nike Flyknit – which was first used in Nike running shoes in 2012 and recently in the KOBE 9 Elite basketball shoe and Magista soccer boot – defies conventional shoe manufacturing processes by creating an engineered upper woven from special yarns. Flyknit technology benefits athletes with its unprecedented feel and fit, creating a second-skin, sock-like feel for strength and support. The manufacturing process reduces material waste.
The Nike Free Hyperfeel TR is available at Nike.com and select retail locations beginning May 1.
Nike Athletic Training’s new Footwear Design Director, Nathan VanHook, gives insight on both the Nike Free Hyperfeel TR and Nike Free Trainer 5.0:
adidas is celebrating the start of Spring with the release of the Florist City Collection for NBA All-Stars, Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and John Wall (Washington Wizards).
The Florist City Collection includes, socks, hats, sweatshirts and the iconic Crazy 1 basketball shoe all featuring a floral print design and colors commemorating the annual spring celebrations in the cities Wall and Lillard call home.
Damian’s Rose City edition Crazy 1 pays homage to Portland’s famous rose gardens and Rose Festival with a rose print on the upper and laces and green detailing mirrored after the flower’s stem. Wall’s Cherry Blossom edition Crazy 1 comes in time for fans to lace-up a pair for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. The cherry blossom print on the outsole and laces is contrasted with a grey upper designed to replicate the stone used in the monuments throughout the Nation’s Capital.
Socks feature a sublimated floral print and iconic Portland and D.C. landmarks while the sweatshirts designed in partnership with Portland based Bridge & Burn feature Wall and Lillard specific detailing on the sleeve.
Wall and Lillard will be stopping by Compound Gallery (107 NW 5th Ave.) in Portland March 19 from 7- 9pm to sign autographs and celebrate the launch of the collection. Fans that purchase items from the Florist City Collection will gain VIP access to the meet and greet line.
The 2014 Nike Free running collection makes a performance statement echoing those famous words from coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. Bowerman’s belief was that design should focus on the athlete’s body and movement. His convictions inspired a design philosophy around the concept of natural motion and sparked the idea for the paradigm-shattering Nike Free introduced in 2004.
Ten years later, advancements in technology and product engineering continue to push the boundaries of footwear design even further in the all-new Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit, and Nike Free 5.0.
The collection allows runners to choose the desired level of flexibility and close-to-the-ground ride.
on NIKEiD, runners can customize the performance options between the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and Nike Free 5.0, changing the uppers and outsoles to deliver their optimal fit and ride. Each of the four silhouettes – Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit iD, Nike Free 5.0 iD, Nike Free 5.0 Flyknit Hybrid iD (a Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit upper paired with a Nike Free 5.0 outsole) or Nike Free 4.0 Hybrid iD (a Nike Free 5.0 upper with a Nike Free 4.0 outsole) – can be personalized with a unique color palette and custom message on the tongue.
The Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and Nike Free 5.0 will be available on Nike.com and in stores beginning April 3.