The second installment of the KOBE 11 Muse Pack is designed by Tinker Hatfield, honoring Kobe’s ascension to greatness with inspiration from Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan III.
Here it is… the Jordan 29 SE… I mean the Jordan XXX. After the first look, everyone is saying it is an enhanced version of the 29 and you can’t blame them. The tech in the out-sole and mid-sole is basically the same. The upper is basically the same fly-weave from the 29 as well. BUT… is this a bad thing? The 29 is one of the best hoop shoes on the market so… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
However, for the Jordan 30… you would have expected a bit more innovation, right? I mean, they knew the 30 was coming. According to the press release, Michael asked Tinker in Feb 2015 to design it? That kind of feels like their plans changed mid-way through and they didn’t have much time to re-tool. Tinker has also pointed out that this isn’t the first time they have kept things the same. On models 3-5, the mid-sole didn’t change all that much either. All in all, I’m not too overly concerned. The Jordan XXX is going to be a great hoop shoe.
Read some of the excerpts below from Jordan’s press release:
The start of the design process, however, tied to a significant, if lesser-known, date: a bitterly cold weekend in February 2015, when – during a pre-birthday party dinner — Jordan asked long-time design collaborator Tinker Hatfield to spearhead the design of the anniversary-marking shoe. “The next morning I drew a shoe,” Hatfield recalls, “because I knew I was in deep trouble. We had no time. Then I realized it wasn’t good enough to sketch a shoe. I asked for that particular photo of Michael in the slam dunk contest and then I drew.”
The photo in question, which featured MJ in the open lane, rising to the hoop, ball cocked behind his right ear and legs tucked under his body, activated Hatfield’s memories of 1988. It spurred the designer to add his own illustrations to the familiar image. The resulting artwork, which recapped Jordan’s history in unconventional ways, in turn inspired the shoe.
An “XXX”, signifying 30, transformed into a basketball net. Stars symbolized the athlete’s otherworldly talents and planets orbiting the Jordan universe took on surfaces — elephant print or carbon fiber — related to innovations initiated by past Jordan models. Elaborating his drawing, with help of fellow designer Mark Smith, Hatfield broadened the Jordan narrative and formed the story of the Air Jordan XXX, one that references a storied yet timeless lineage with an eye towards the future.
He also recalls that Jordan’s singular demand was to “make it look fast,” a request augmented by the “XXX” graphic that wraps the heel and extends through the forefoot.
Since the brand’s inception, material interplay has also been critical to the success of Jordan silhouettes. Likewise, a proprietary mix defines the upper composition of the Air Jordan XXX, which debuts an exclusive mix of woven, knit and printed materials.
Another trademark of later Jordan silhouettes is a smooth toe piece. “Michael has always been very infatuated with the toe-down look of a shoe,” notes Hatfield. A prime example can be seen on the XI, where the patent extends up the vamp so gracefully that its protective properties appear almost as an afterthought.
The Air Jordan XXX will be available globally on February 12, 2016 at select retail stores andJordan.com.
Here it is, the end of an era. Today Nike announced the final on-court Kobe shoe. The colorway is titled, Achilles Heel, and is a stunning red, black, and gold. This model looks a lot like the Kobe 8 & 9 and in my book, that isn’t a bad thing. We are also hearing rumors that there won’t be an Elite or High Top version of the Kobe. That probably means they are going to push out a ton of colorways. I hope they revisit some of the classic colorways for this final release.
The upper is made of an enhanced fly-knit which they are claiming is perfect for hoops as it has a plastic yarn woven in for flexibility and strength. As long as it isn’t rigid like the Kobe X, it should be just fine.
The cushioning is a full-length Lunarlon insole with a drop-in zoom bag which should work well. The forefoot section of the Lunarlon has grooves in it to increase flexibility.
The traction pattern is new with a multi-dimensional pattern that looks decent but we need some more info before we can judge the effectiveness.
All in all it looks great and yes, I’m more sad about the shoe line ending than Kobe’s career ending. I think they will still push out shoes under the Kobe brand but like we saw with Jordan, it isn’t the same.
We have also seen a few other colorways release today which look promising. This Kobe XI model – Achilles Heel – is scheduled for release on Jan 9, 2015. I haven’t seen a price point yet but I imagine they will be $199.
Finally an EXT I can get behind… great model… great color scheme… unique woven upper… and gum bottom. …so good!
Source: KD8 EXT – Release Date. Nike.com
2 Elite Low:
-010 // BLACK/WOLF GREY/PINK FLASH/BLACK
1 Elite Low – XMAS cw // 802560-076 // BLACK/BRIGHT CRIMSON//METALLIC GOLD // $250
1 Elite High – More Than Likely “WTK” // 802762-707 // TOUR YELLOW/VOLT//BLACK // $225
3 EM Low:
-305 // EMERALD GLOW/COURT PURPLE//REFLECT SILVER
-402 // SOAR/DEEP ROYAL BLUE//METALLIC SILVER
-002 // BLACK/RADIANT EMERALD/DARK GREY/METALLIC SILVER
2 Elite High:
-004 // BLACK/BLUE LAGOON/VOLT/METALLIC SILVER
-614 // UNIVERSITY RED/OBSIDIAN/BRIGHT CRIMSON/WHITE
KOBE XI ELITE LOW// UNIVERSITY RED/BLACK/BRIGHT CRIMSON/METALLIC GOLD // 822675-670 // 01/09/15 // $200
Do not play with me Jordan brand. If these are real, get them out now!
Michael Jordan was spotted with another colorway of the Air Jordan 29 Low.
Nike made it official today by announcing the KD8. I am excited for this shoe. When the images first leaked, there were many critics… “this looks like the air max 2015″… “downgrade”… “where’s the strap?” But for me, this seems to fit all of my wants in a hoop shoe… low cut, light weight, flexible, great cushioning, and traction. I also am liking the possibilities with the Flyweave upper. Here is to a successful line Nike and KD!!
Here are the highlights from the press release:
- Flyweave technology upper – first Nike basketball shoe to use it.Woven textile that can be designed in high resolution, down to the pixel.
- Articulated full-length Nike Zoom Air unit – first time there are notches strategically placed in the forefoot and heel to flex with the foot’s movement.
- Flywire in the forefoot, locks you in.
- Sabertooth Tiger tattoo on KD’s leg was a source of inspiration. Predatory instincts, ferocity and prehistoric old soul… what? But the heel design was designed to mimic a sabertooth’s fangs.
- First release will be the “July 4th” colorway dropping on June 27th… in limited quantities… you know what that means. The upper will contain firework inspired patterns.
- The second colorway will be the red one from the images called, “V8”. Inspired by Durant’s Camaro he had customized in 2010.
In case you aren’t familiar with the “What The…” line from Nike, they are an attempt to mash-up and capture many of the best moments and various colorways for a particular signature model. This year the WTKD7 has been inspired from 18 different releases (wow… just think about that… 18 colorways). I know not everyone is a fan of this wild release but I enjoy them as a way to remember many of the shoes with one model. See if you can spot the different colorways or you can always read the Nike article linked below to see which ones made the cut.
New KD7 What The shoe available June 20 combines various colors, patterns, graphics and technical details of popular KD7 colorways into a modern mashup.
This might be my first Under Armour shoe but I’ll try it on before I by it. Appearance wise, it looks nice, with the Golden State Warriors colorway, Steph Curry logo, low profile… it’s got it going on. Hope it feels as good as it looks.
Releasing alongside the Under Armour Curry One Low Panthers edition is the Under Armour Curry One Low Warriors version. Steph Curry’s Curry One Low drops