Nike KD 7 ‘What The’ – Official Look + Release Info

The first images of the KD7 “What The…” were leaked tonight.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, the “What The…” series mashes up the different colorways from throughout the line into one pair.  I can see the Global Games, Aunt Pearls, Christmas, All-star, etc.  They can look off-the-wall but that is what you will get with this type of design.  My first impressions are that this is better than the WTKD6.  Can’t wait to see more images.

There have been plenty of ‘What The’ moments this year regarding KD and his 7th signature sneaker, and to finish things off Nike plans on releasing the KD 7 in what is now a traditional colorway. Whether you love them or hate them, these take a little bit of every KD 7 release and blends them

Source: Nike KD 7 ‘What The’ – Official Look + Release Info

Nike iD Kobe 10 Designs | Sole Collector

Some are arguing the greatest Kobe X colorways are those of the Nike iD variety.  Here are a collection of some of the best.  Follow the link below to see all of the designs.  Below are some of my favorites.

Sneakerheads are coming up with better colorways than Nike.

Source: Nike iD Kobe 10 Designs | Sole Collector

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘True Red’ – Release Date. Nike.com

When the Jordan 11 Bred originally came out, I drove all over town and ended up finding a 10.5.  I bought them and shoved my 11 size feet in them for a long time.  Hopefully my dogs will be more comfortable in a true size 11 with these lows.  They release on May 23, 2015.

AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW ‘TRUE RED’

Source: Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘True Red’ – Release Date. Nike.com

KOBE X 'FUNDAMENTALS'

Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ – Release Date. Nike.com

Is this the best Kobe X colorway so far?  I believe so but the verdict is out until we see the flyknit lows.

Find release dates and info for the Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ on Nike.com. Follow all new releases with the Nike Launch Calendar.

Source: Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ – Release Date. Nike.com

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BAIT Asics Gel Lyte V Splash City | SneakerNews.com

Bait collab with Asics to create the Gel Lyte V “Splash City” to celebrate the opening of their new store in San Francisco.  I love the color blocking and appreciate that there is just enough yellow… but not too much.

Source: BAIT Asics Gel Lyte V Splash City | SneakerNews.com

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Nike Kyrie 1 “USA” – KicksOnFire.com

I’m a sucker for USA colorways.  This Kyrie 1 is fantastic.

 

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Find out the release date for the Nike Kyrie 1 “USA.”

Source: Release Date: Nike Kyrie 1 “USA” – KicksOnFire.com

Nike Kobe 9 - EM China

Sole-N-Sons: NIKE SNEAKER UNBOXING – KOBE 9 EM “CHINA”

NIKE SNEAKER UNBOXING – KOBE 9 EM “CHINA”

 

Nike Air Trainer Max 91 Bo Jackson

Sole-N-Sons: NIKE AIR TRAINER MAX ’91 “BO JACKSON”

Sole-N-Sons: NIKE AIR TRAINER MAX 91 BO JACKSON

 

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Shoebiz – Nike Lebron 12

Lebron formally unveiled his newest addition to his shoe family… the 12.  Nike held their presser yesterday (and didn’t stream it for the general public like the KD launch event – boo) to promote this signature line and the new technology going into this shoe (Hexagonal Air & Megafuse).  I’m not a huge fan of the Lebron line, mostly because I enjoy lows over high-tops, plus they have a bulky image but these look like they could be slimmer and lighter… I’m intrigued.  Let me know what you think and which colorway stands out most to you.

Here are some of the highlights from the session as well as the first 7 colorways of the Nike Lebron 12 to be released before the end of the year.  The first ‘NSRL’ will be released on October 11.

“Five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole of the LEBRON 12 enhance natural motion while providing accelerated explosiveness with each step. Nike Zoom Air delivers the same great cushioning it brought to footwear when first introduced to basketball in 1995; now the hexagonal Nike Zoom Air is mapped to the pressure points of the foot where it’s most needed for basketball performance.”

“In tandem with the sole, the lightweight and breathable Megafuse upper is designed to act as a molded second skin that minimizes weight and amplifies breathability and comfort.”

Lebron12 Tech Sheet

Nike LEBRON 12 COLORWAYS

The initial seven Nike LEBRON 12 colorways are inspired by James’s game, physical attributes and the analysis that went into the development of his latest signature shoe:

LEBRON 12 NSRL – James wasn’t made in a lab, but he is made better by Nike’s research, testing and analysis. The LEBRON 12 lead colorway reflects the process of turning data into design to create superior performance footwear. Launch: Oct. 1 in China; Oct. 11 globally.

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LEBRON 12 Heart of a Lion – James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his 11-year professional career. Launch: Oct. 30.

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LEBRON 12 Dunk Force – Inspired by the power of James’s statement tomahawk dunk and equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. Launch: Nov. 11.

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LEBRON 12 Instinct – James’s keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility translates to pinpoint, instinctual decisions, much like the way a hummingbird sees and navigates. Launch: Nov. 22.

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LEBRON 12 Six Meridians – A key component of James’s training recovery and preparation is massage therapy. The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, when massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. Launch: Nov. 29.

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LEBRON 12 Trillion Dollar Man – Are we looking at the athlete of the future today in LeBron James? Inspired by James’s legendary work ethic and physical gifts combined with Nike’s finest performance technology. Launch: Dec. 1.

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LEBRON 12 Data – James is arguably the most dominant player in the game today, with the statistics to support that claim. Launch: Dec. 20.

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Nike Kobe 9 -  Elite Maestro / Allstar / Gumbo

Shoebiz – Nike Kobe 9 Collection

Well the Nike Kobe 9 is upon us and I’d like to chronicle the ins and outs of this new collection which is sure to please.  We are set to see an elite hightop version and two low versions (engineered mesh and flyknit).  Since the Kobe 8 was such a huge success, I sure hope Nike can top it with the Nike Kobe 9 series.

Nike Kobe 9 Collection

BACKGROUND – Behind the Nike Kobe 9 shoe design (from Nike):

The provocative KOBE 9 Elite embodies Nike’s singular focus on delivering innovation that makes athletes better.  Evidence of Nike’s passion to simultaneously push the limits of design is best proven in the details.  In this exclusive look at the KOBE 9 Elite Masterpiece we decode the creation of this striking shoe by sharing nine design details from Nike designer Eric Avar.  More than two years in the making, Avar worked closely with Kobe Bryant on the design and development process and estimates the two met in person 15 times, spending hours obsessing details to create The Masterpiece:

KOBE INSIGHT #1:  I WANT TO FEEL THE COURT.

Eric Avar:  “We created a thin web outsole less than 3 millimeters thick, combined with a responsive Lunarlon insert.“

Performance result:  This combination puts the foot in close contact with the court surface, allowing agile cuts, quick response and tremendous court feel.

KOBE INSIGHT #2:  I’M LOOKING FOR A HIGH-TOP THAT FEELS LIKE A LOW-TOP.

Eric Avar: “Let’s integrate lightweight ankle support with a Flyknit collar that is barely noticeable.”

Performance result:  Allows a natural range of motion, proprioception and an intuitive fit with the lightweight feel of a low-top.  The collar is high, but there are zero distractions or restrictions.

KOBE INSIGHT #3:  MAKE IT PERSONAL.

Eric Avar: “We’ll incorporate nine red sutures stitched up the back of the shoe.”

Performance result:  Toughness. These sutures represent Bryant’s commitment to recover from a torn Achilles.

KOBE INSIGHT #4:  I WANT TO MOVE WITH THE QUICKNESS OF A BOXER.

Eric Avar: “Create a design that acts as a second skin and locks in the foot.”

Performance result: A natural feel of the upper, combined with sole that “moves with you,” allows basketball movements that mimic the footwork you see in a boxing ring.

KOBE INSIGHT #5:  USE THE BEST MATERIALS.

Eric Avar: “Flyknit, Flywire, Lunarlon and carbon fiber are outstanding for performance.”

Performance result: The combination of high-performance materials are lightweight, responsive, strong and durable.  For a player like Bryant who runs more than four miles in the average game, shedding weight without compromising strength makes a significant impact.

KOBE INSIGHT #6:  COMFORT IS KEY.

Eric Avar: “A quilted tongue and padded inner-sleeve will provide a great feel, with aero mesh in the inner sleeve for comfort and breathability.”

Performance result:  In tandem with the Flyknit, the quilted tongue and inner bootie provide a comfortable, glove-like fit.

KOBE INSIGHT #7:  INJECT SOME CHAOS.

Eric Avar: “Evolve the Chaos colorway and feature four distinct shades in the Flyknit’s four threads: red, purple, green and black.  The Chaos colorway began with the Kobe IV in 2008 as a tribute to Kobe’s intrigue with the joker – let’s parlay that into the ‘Masterpiece’ colorway.”

Performance result: Distinction on the court.  Absolutely no pair of the Masterpiece colorway are the same, they are all unique – like snowflakes. The Flyknit creation process weaves a one-of-a-kind upper so that no shoe is the same; the color blend is different on each shoe.

KOBE INSIGHT #8:  I WANT TO STOP AND CUT ON A DIME.

Eric Avar: “An evolved herringbone traction pattern that mimics the foot’s natural pressure mapping – what nature intended.”

Performance result: With an outsole traction pattern that provides maximum grip, no slipping and sliding on the court.

KOBE INSIGHT #9:  KEEP PEOPLE GUESSING.

Eric Avar: “Let’s include the Kobe code.”

Performance result: Small details matter, both in basketball and design. The Kobe code is featured on each shoe, both on the lateral (outside) and medial (inside) sides of the midsole.  Code on lateral side translates to: ‘Masterpiece.’ Code on medial side translates to ‘Veni, vidi, vici,’ an inspirational Latin phrase that translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

BACKGROUND – Behind the Kobe 9 Flyknit low design:

 

Kobe Bryant demands provocative design innovation. Aesthetics aside, his appetite for the most revolutionary footwear technologies, materials and fit have fueled a special connection with Nike designer Eric Avar.  The two have pushed the limits for a decade, with their vision coming full circle with the KOBE 9 Elite Low and special muses inspiring each colorway.

Reverting to a higher cut for the first time since the KOBE 3 in 2007, Bryant’s ninth shoe challenged convention when it launched last December.  The KOBE 9 Elite Low version debuts in new colorways beginning July 12, with innovation and inspiration that will change summer basketball.

DESIGN GENESIS

The KOBE 9 Elite Low is Bryant’s most innovative shoe to-date, featuring three leading technologies: Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon.  Flyknit provides a lightweight, breathable solution for a summer basketball shoe that performs equally well indoors or outdoors.

“Nike Flyknit acts as a super skin, giving athletes articulated strength similar to the engineering of a spider web – tension and strength just where they’re needed,” said Eric Avar, Nike VP of Innovation.

Flyknit and Flywire technologies are a one-two punch, leading to a dynamic fit for intricate, on-court footwork.  Eliminating bulk and distraction was a focus for Avar with disciplined design in a low cut with no distractions.

PURPOSEFUL

Flyknit technology introduces a new way to create a shoe upper out of what is essentially yarns. It drastically reduces waste from the upper with a low cut and efficient production process compared to traditional methods.

INSPIRATION

The KOBE 9 Elite Low brings Bryant’s muses to life.  The artistry of music and its ability to move and inspire people has always intrigued the athlete.  From classical to pop, he has appreciation for multiple genres.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Hyper Grape is linked to music and its ability to transcend the decades, with artists, songs and dance moves that stand the test of time.  The purple upper pays homage to pop music and includes a moon surface graphic on the outsole.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Beethoven pays tribute to the German composer and pianist, and more specifically the power of his Ninth Symphony from the early 1800s.  The grey color of this colorway represents Beethoven’s timeless quality.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Hyper Grape releases on July 12, while the KOBE 9 Elite Low Beethoven debuts August 16; both globally at Nike.com and select retail locations.