Nike Partners With Louis Vuitton on Air Force 1 Sneakerspetak , 04.03.2022.
PARIS — In an homage to hip-hop culture, Virgil Abloh has brought together his two biggest brand partners to create what is sure to be one of this year’s hottest sneaker collaborations: new versions of Nike’s iconic Air Force 1 trainers developed in tandem with Louis Vuitton.
The shoes, designed in 21 colorways, were unveiled on Thursday as part of Abloh’s spring 2022 men’s collection for the French luxury powerhouse, but additional details were scarce. Asked whether they would be made available for sale, Vuitton responded: “Stay tuned for more details.”
Images released by the brand showed green-and-white and blue-and-white versions of the sneaker, with the word “Air” in quote marks written on the sole, and the French word “Lacet” on the laces. The quote marks are a signature of Abloh’s brand Off-White, which has a highly successful collaboration with Nike.
The shoes feature a small neon green serrated tag on the side, and a label with the Louis Vuitton name and the Nike swoosh on the tongue. Vuitton has also created a neon orange sneaker trunk in monogram-embossed calf leather, with a 3D tag in orange leather with a white swoosh on top, as part of the collection.
Abloh began by reinventing 10 models of Nike sneakers for his initial “The Ten” project in 2017, and has kept up a steady pace of drops since then. Nike and Off-White have also developed clothing, including custom outfits for tennis champion Serena Williams.
In its “State of Luxury Consignment” data report earlier this year, resale site The RealReal picked Off-White x Nike sneakers as the top item to consign in 2021.
In the notes for the spring collection, revealed in a film called “Amen Break,” Vuitton said the partnership was inspired by the cover of the 1988 album “It Takes Two” by hip-hop duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. It shows E-Z Rock wearing a Nike Air Force 1 basketball trainer altered with a swoosh adorned in the LV monogram.
“The cover embodied the hip-hop community’s early practice of hacking together high fashion and sportswear, sidelining diverging brands with equal reverence. A cultural symbol in its own right, today the Nike Air Force 1 serves as an objet d’art emblematic of self-generated subcultural provenance,” Vuitton said.
The partnership comes on the heels of Dior’s highly successful collaboration last year with Nike’s Jordan Brand. Five million people registered for a chance to buy the limited-edition Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers, although only 13,000 pairs of the coveted shoes were produced.
Vuitton helped ignite the luxury streetwear phenomenon with its landmark 2017 collaboration with cult New York skatewear brand Supreme, which sources said drummed up 100 million euros in business for the pair.
John Geiger Countersues Nike in Air Force 1 Lookalike Lawsuit
The litigation between Nike and John Geiger over the designer’s Air Force 1 lookalike sneaker is escalating in California district court this week.
In a document filed Tuesday, Geiger’s attorneys countersued Nike’s lawsuit with their own claims, seeking to “invalidate and cancel” what the Geiger team argues are unenforceable trademarks. Throughout the 68-page document, Geiger responds to each statement made in Nike’s August 2021 amended complaint, which added the designer to an existing lawsuit against Los Angeles-based La La Land Production & Design Inc. In the amended suit from August, Nike claimed that Geiger’s GF-01 sneakers, which it says were made by La La Land Production, infringe on the trade dress of its own Air Force 1 design. Geiger says La La Land Production “merely created a GF-01 prototype based on the design Geiger provided” and is not involved in the manufacturing.
The crux of Geiger’s defense revolves around the pieces of the Air Force 1 which are protected by Nike’s trade dress registration, namely the exterior stitching, paneling, eyelets, and the ridge-patterned outsole. It cites recently released modified versions of the Air Force 1, like Travis Scott’s 2019 Cactus Jack collaboration, 2021’s Air Force 1 Experimental (which had its own share of legal issues), and a Serena Williams-inspired iteration as examples of Nike deviating from its own trade dress elements. Because of this, the counterclaim argues that Nike’s trade dress protections are essentially too vague.
Official Images of the Concepts x Nike Air Max 1četvrtak , 24.02.2022.
Nike (NYSE:NKE -0.98%) currently has a laundry list of collaborators, but few have been as consistent and have as much heritage as its ongoing partnership with Concepts. Together, the two entities have joined forces on a multitude of silhouettes including the SB Dunk Low, Kyrie 7 and more, and now the duo is set to embark on its next venture that involves the Air Max 1. A trio of colorways are expected to come out of this new release, and one of the entries has now been officially unveiled.
Deon Point and his Concepts crew did not hold back when it came to the mixing of fabrics and graphics on this makeup. Canvas mudguards immediately catch your eye with their dusted green coating, but this is complemented by light denim wash toe boxes and quarters, bandana heels, tribal collar patterns and faux cowhide near the bottom of the throat. Swooshes are decorated with stripes on the lateral side and floral embroidery on the medial, while the tongues add in some elevated allure given their velour textures. The kicks come with a guitar pick-inspired hangtag and vividly styled insoles, and they come packaged inside a special Concepts-branded shoebox.
No release date has been announced yet by the streetwear retailer or Nike, but early reports are saying that a launch in March is likely.
Looking for other sneaker news? First shots of Nike’s Dunk Low “Sun Club” have surfaced.
‘Crepe’ Nike Air Max 1 Retro Coming in 2022
Nike is planning to bring back the “Crepe” Air Max 1 from 2004, according to a brand document viewed by Complex, reimagining the sneaker as a retro alongside a new Air Max 97 in a similar colorway and material set. Per the internal document, the shoes are scheduled to release in August 2022, but the window for their launch could change given footwear industry-wide uncertainty around release dates caused by supply chain issues.
The original “Crepe” Air Max 1 was part of a collection that also included the Air Max 90 and the Air Burst. The sneakers were united by their use of hemp panels, neutral colors, and light blue accents. The Air Max 1 was the only shoe among them to actually have a squishy crepe outsole, the others wearing a more traditional gum bottom. There is no indication that the Air Max 90 or Air Burst from the 2004 series are coming back.
The rendering of the new 2022 “Crepe” Air Max 1 from the presentation shows what looks to be a straightforward reissue of the original, again using a crepe outsole and hemp parts on the upper. The rendering of the Air Max 97 from the group shows accents in a pink shade rather than light blue, but it’s common for such images to differ slightly from the final product, and a photo of the shoe on another slide from the same source has the more traditional blue. The document says that the sneakers will be premium releases that will cost $20 more than standard retail pairs.
Thoughts on the Polaroid x Nike SB Dunk Low?subota , 19.02.2022.
More imager of the upcoming Polaroid x Nike SB Dunk Low are provided as this variation of the silhouette simply pays homage to the iconic film and camera company. Boasting a bold, yet understated aesthetic, the low-top flaunts a black leather/nubuck upper with the highlight directed at the Rainbow Swooshes as a tribute to the Polaroid logo. Finishing touches consist of white appearing on the branded tongues, heels, and rubber sole, followed by co-branded laces tips and multicolored insoles to complete the makeup.
Expect the Polaroid x Nike SB Dunk Low to debut at select Nike stockists and online in April 2022. Stay tuned for the official release date. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
In other Swoosh news, here’s when to cop the Nike Dunk Low “Championship Goldenrod”.
Nike Dunk Low "Paisley" Is Unveiled in Black and White
You can leave it to the design teams at Nike (NYSE:NKE +0.11%) to always have creative ways to modernize its classic silhouettes. Right now, there’s no question that the Dunk is the brand’s main focus of this era, and one of the newest colorways that will be released to the market in 2022 is this Nike Dunk Low “Paisley” in a simple black and white palette.
From a design perspective, this iteration essentially bears the same concept as the Dunk Low “Black/White” colorway that dropped earlier in the year, but with a subtle-yet-effective twist. Smooth leathers. make up most of the base and come prepared with solid black overlays and crisp, white toe boxes, quarter panels and collars. However, these deviate with stealthy tongues, white mesh interior liners and Swooshes that are decorated with bandana-inspired paisley graphics. Underneath all of that, you can find the midsoles also painted with an angelic skin and the treading completely submerged in all black to string together its panda-esque palette.
Retailers like atmos Tokyo are dropping these on January 1 for Ą12,100 (approx. $105 USD). A stateside launch hasn’t been announced by Nike yet.
For more news in the realm of footwear, Stüssy and are reportedly dropping an Air Max Penny 5 collaboration in the future.
Where To Buy The Nike Dunk High “Aluminum”ponedjeljak , 14.02.2022.
When you think of the Dunk High, its two-tone look quickly comes to mind. Ingrained in the silhouette’s very existence, the color blocking has endured decades of releases, setting the groundwork for both Retros and new releases like the upcoming “Aluminum” colorway.
Dropping exclusively in women’s sizing, the pair veers quite close to the beloved “University Blue” pantone. While it may not be an exact nod to the UNC, the Tar Heels could easily be confused as the blue is only a few shades lighter than the aforementioned. It dresses the Swoosh, overlays, lining, and tread, while the leather base and lace unit opt for a neutral white finish.
For a closer look, see below. Expect sizes to hit the stores listed below on August 7th; a SNKRS release date is still TBD.
In other news, the AMBUSH Dunk High is releasing this week.
Nike Dunk High "Aluminum"
Release Date: Sep 30th, 2021 (Thursday)
Style Code: DD1869-107
Detailed Look at the Nike SB Dunk Low "St. Patrick's Day"
The Swoosh wants you to keep from getting pinched on the ucpoming Irish holiday.
The first few months of 2022 will see a handful of cultural celebrations go down, one being St. Patrick’s Day this coming March. And to get into the spirt of this annual Irish holiday, the Nike (NYSE:NKE -3.20%) team has elected to manufacture a playful SB Dunk Low “St. Patrick’s Day” colorway.
From a palette standpoint, this forthcoming installment is very similar to the Nike SB Dunk High “St. Patty’s Day” variation that released in 2013, but it features various adjustments in materials that allow it to stand on its own. Most of the base layer is constructed with a smooth suede green and comes submerged in a bold, shamrock-inspired green. Metallic gold accents follow suit as they dress up the traditional Nike branding on the fat tongues and heels as well as the Swooshes on the lateral and medial walls. To further stress its festive sensibility, the kicks are also supplied with clover green laces and white shamrock silhouettes embroidered into the lateral heels. Down below, you’ll find the midsoles splashed with an angelic finish and the outsoles styled with a full gum hue.
Check out a detailed look here above and expect Nike SB retailers to stock these sometime in March for $110 USD.
For other footwear news, official photos of the Nike Dunk Low “Blue Paisley” and “Black Paisley” have popped up.
The Nike SB Dunk High "Mineral Slate" is Coming Soonutorak , 08.02.2022.
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If 2021 was the year of the Dunk Low, 2022 is definitely the year of the Dunk High. We're only four weeks into the new year and we've already seen a ton of new colourways get unveiled. From the CLOT collab to the "Year Of The Tiger", we're now checking out the mysterious Nike SB Dunk High "Mineral Slate" which comes with an equally as mysterious backstory. Make sure you read on to find out more...
Featuring an all-suede construction, the "Mineral Slate" works on top of a stealthy black base while dark green panels embrace the heel, lacing system, and toebox. This peculiar hue really reminds us of the 4/20-inspired "Dog Walker" from 2019. A "Sail" Swoosh shoots across the lateral and medial side panels, and this is complemented by a crisp midsole underfoot that ties everything together.
As mentioned in the intro, the story behind this Dunk is a little strange. According to Instagram account @nikesbornothing, it was originally going to be a mismatched pair with the palette flipped on opposite feet. This is a trend that a lot of brands have been doing lately and we kind of wish that Nike stuck to their original idea. This release will also feature Zoom Air technology which is printed on the insoles.
Set to drop sometime in March, the Nike SB Dunk High "Mineral Slate" is a must-have especially with spring and summer coming just around the corner. Let us know if you'll be adding these to your collection later this year, and in related news, the upcoming Nike Dunk High "White" is embellished with East Asian influences!