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June 29, 2012

Video Review: Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Dragon II”

Last Friday, I also managed to pick up a stunning sneaker, the second “Year of the Dragon” Air Force 1 that Nike has dropped in 2012. Take an in-depth look at the sneaker in the video.

June 21, 2012

Now Releasing: Air Force 1 “Year of the Dragon II”

Nike Air Force 1 "Year of the Dragon II"

Nike Air Force 1 "Year of the Dragon II"

A bit earlier than expected, right? There has been some confusion with the release of Nike’s second commemoratory Air Force 1 for the Year of the Dragon. Some retailers will drop the red-scaled and gold-dressed sneaker on Saturday, June 23. On the other hand, a number of retailers are planning to release the “Year of the Dragon II” Air Force 1 tomorrow, June 22. Make sure you find out in advance what your local Nike Sportswear retailer is doing for this release, because otherwise, you might miss out on a beauty of an Air Force 1. (Picture via Concepts)

June 18, 2012

Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Dragon II”

Nike Air Force 1 "Year of the Dragon II"

Nike Air Force 1 "Year of the Dragon II"

Earlier in 2012, Nike dropped a black Air Force 1 that paid tribute to the Chinese Year of the Dragon. The sneaker had laser images of dragons on the upper and a dragon on the tongue tag. While this Air Force 1 was nice, it seems that Nike had something even better up their sleeve the whole time: another, much more festive Air Force 1. 2012 is specifically the Year of the Water Dragon, and this shows on the new Year of the Dragon Air Force 1. Light blue combines with bright red scales and a metallic gold swoosh to make a very noticeable upper. Perhaps the trademark feature of this Air Force 1, however, is the multicolored knitted tongue, which represents the culture surrounding the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. There’s no telling yet where exactly you will be able to pick up the “Year of the Dragon II” Air Force 1, but make sure to keep its release date, Saturday, June 23, open for anything. (Picture via Nike Inc.

April 19, 2012

Now Releasing: Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS “Camo”

Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS "Camo"

Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS "Camo"

In continuation of the year-long celebration of the Air Force 1′s 30th anniversary, Nike is set to drop the super-lux “Camo” Air Force 1 Low. This version of the classic silhouette has a green-based camouflage pattern all along a VacTech upper. A premium leather liner and visible Team Orange Max Air unit make the $200 price tag on this AF1 much more bearable. Check for this beauty of an Uptown at select Nike Sportswear retailers, like Kith, tomorrow, April 20.

April 13, 2012

Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS “Camo”

Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS "Camo"

Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS "Camo"

A little while ago, Nike Sportswear released a nice trio of Air Force 1′s in honor of the shoe’s 30th anniversary. That pack included a Max Air AF1 High, but nothing like this “Camo” 30th Anniversary AF1. The shoe incorporates Max Air, VacTech and camouflage print all in one! Not to mention that the camouflage print is a great look for the summer and fall. If you want this Air Force 1, you can pick it up at 21 Mercer, Kith, and (I’m sure) many other Nike retailers next Friday, April 20th. If you want to check out more views of this sneaker, hit up Sneaker News now.

February 10, 2012

Now Releasing: Nike Black History Month 2012 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2012 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2012 Collection

In 2010, a tradition started when Nike released the “Black History Month 2010″ Air Force 1 to the public. Previously, Nike’s Black History Month shoes were made for friends and family of the brand. Little did Nike know back then that one shoe would eventually become seven. Yes, seven. A total of seven shoes commemorating Black History Month 2012 will be released tomorrow. On the Basketball side, there is the LeBron 9, Zoom KD IV, and Zoom Kobe VII. Sportswear, on the other hand, has the Air Max 1 (not pictured), Huarache Free 2012, WMNS Blazer High, and Air Force 1 Premium. The same African-inspired print appears in different ways on all seven shoes, commemorating athletic teams from Kenya, Brazil, and the United States, and paying tribute to other African customs. Look for all seven shoes to release at select Nike locations and a few other shops, like Extra Butter.

February 3, 2012

Nike Black History Month 2012 Collection

Nike "Black History Month 2012" Collection

Nike "Black History Month 2012" Collection

For 2012, Nike is taking their annual “Black History Month” Collection up a notch. Firstly, they’re releasing seven shoes this year (more than last year) for the occasion: an Air Force 1 Premium, an Air Max 1, a WMNS Blazer High, a Huarache Free 2012, a LeBron 9, a Zoom KD IV, and a Zoom Kobe VII. In addition, the colorways of the shoes in this set are more noteworthy than the ones of last year’s set. The first five shoes I mentioned have smooth brown/black bases and radiant, colorful patterned linings, whereas the KD IV has that same combination plus a patterned-strap, and the Kobe VII has the pattern all across its upper. This graphic print represents the plight of several athletic teams from Kenya, Brazil, and the USA, and is inspired by the beads of Kenya, the Carnivale of Brazil, and the quilt-making of African-Americans in the South. The entire collection will be available at official Nike stores, including NikeStore.com, on Saturday, February 11th. Check below for more detailed, individual shots of the shoes (Pictures found on Sneaker News). (more…)

January 15, 2012

Nike & Jordan Brand “Year of the Dragon” Collection Update

Some more information regarding Nike & Jordan Brand’s “Year of the Dragon” collection has been revealed recently.

“Year of the Dragon” Collection Special Packaging

Nike Air Force 1 Supreme TZ "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Nike Air Force 1 Supreme TZ "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Nike Zoom KD IV "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Nike Zoom KD IV "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Nike Zoom Kobe VII Supreme "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Nike Zoom Kobe VII Supreme "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Air Jordan 2012 "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Air Jordan 2012 "Year of the Dragon" Packaging

Much like the China-release version of the “China” LeBron 9, the shoes in the “Year of the Dragon” collection all come with special packaging. The Air Force 1′s box is a box that commemorates the AF1′s 30th anniversary (hence AF1-XXX), and that all AF1s that release this year will come in. For the “Year of the Dragon” AF1, however, Nike stepped things up a bit by adding a plastic top layer that has a cool dragon design on it to the box. The KD IV’s box seems like a regularly-shaped box that has some nice attributes, including the Green Abyss and Bright Mango of the “Year of the Dragon” KD IV on it. The packaging for the Kobe VII is pretty funky, though. The case for it features the same color scheme as the “Year of the Dragon” Kobe VII and was intricately designed using the sole of the Kobe VII. Lastly, the packaging of the Jordan 2012 in the collection is both striking and classy. It’s red and gold colorway hearkens back to its Chinese roots, and its handle and layered drawers make the sneaker it carries seem like it is all about business. The Kobe and KD boxes are likely to only be released in China (like the special LeBron box), where as the Jordan 2012 box should be available with all pairs in the US. As for the Air Force 1…

Released: Nike Air Force 1 Supreme TZ “Year of the Dragon”

Nike Air Force 1 Supreme TZ "Year of the Dragon"

Nike Air Force 1 Supreme TZ "Year of the Dragon"

…it was released already, with the special packaging everywhere. Both yesterday and earlier today, the “Year of the Dragon” AF1 released at a select few Nike stores and Tier Zero accounts for a retail price of $200. If you were looking forward to this sleek sneaker and missed out on it, eBay is probably your best bet to find it.

Nike Zoom KD IV to launch this week at House of Hoops in MD

Nike Zoom KD IV "Year of the Dragon"

This week, Kevin Durant will head home to DC for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Washington Wizards. However, on Tuesday night, he will make another appearance in the DC-area. At a House of Hoops in Hyattsville, MD, Kevin Durant will be on-hand to exclusively launch the “Year of the Dragon” KD IV. The event will also have raffle giveaways, an entertaining host, and music. If you’re in the area, you probably shouldn’t miss out, as there is no other release date for the “Year of the Dragon” KD IV out yet!

(Images via Sneaker News & Sole Collector)

January 7, 2012

Nike & Jordan Brand “Year of the Dragon” Collection

Nike & Jordan Brand "Year of the Dragon" Collection

Nike & Jordan Brand "Year of the Dragon" Collection

Nike and Jordan Brand pulled out quite a few tricks for the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. Last year, they released special makeups of the Air Force 1, Air Jordan VII Retro, and Air Jordan 2011, to name only a few. 2012 brings the Year of the Dragon, and with it, a diverse, yet entirely stunning collection of shoes from the brands behind the Swoosh and the Jumpman. In the spirit of the common idiom that “dragons rise out of four seas,” the two brands will release a total of four shoes. Jordan Brand will use the occasion to bring in the Air Jordan 2012, the latest addition to the Jordan legacy line. With a combination of Flywire and adjustable inner booties and missiles, the 2012 takes the best of recent performance technologies and makes them collide for a unique playing experience. This golden yellow, Carolina blue, and deep blue makeup of the shoe tributes the Chinese occasion in imperial style. Another adjustable basketball shoe in the collection is the Zoom Kobe VII Supreme, dressed in festive shades of red, green, and yellow that harken back to Kobe Bryant’s Italian roots and his love of kung-fu movies. Anyone looking to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a simple pair of kicks can look forward to the Air Force 1 Supreme TZ in the collection. Unlike last year’s bright “Year of the Rabbit” AF1, this year’s AF1 has an entirely black base, but brings some vibrancy with an all-white sole, dragon robe-inspired material, and attributive insole. Fans of the Air Force 1 can also look forward to a Nike Destroyer jacket that will release in tandem with the shoe. The last sneaker in the commemorative collection, and perhaps the most talked-about, is the Green Abyss/Bright Mango Zoom KD IV. With its dazzling water-ripple design on the medial strap and inclusion of bold colors, the KD IV is sure to be an attention-grabber for many. As of now, the only sneaker in the collection with an official release date is the Air Force 1, slated to be released on Saturday, January 14 at some high-power Nike retailers (House of Hoops, official Nike stores, Tier Zero accounts, etc.), and Sunday, January 15 at others, like 21 Mercer. Check back on Sole Camp in the near future for release dates of the rest of the collection, and hit the jump for additional looks of each sneaker.  (more…)

October 28, 2011

Now Releasing: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Strick”

Nike Air Force 1 Low "Strick"

Nike Air Force 1 Low "Strick"

Despite his unfortunate death last October, John “Franchise” Strickland was and will always be a NYC streetball legend. Strickland always schooled his opponents, and made them “finish [their] breakfast”. Tomorrow, in honor of the one year anniversary of Strickland’s death, Nike Sportswear will release this commemorative White/Gum “Strick” Air Force 1. Some of the cool details on the “Strick” AF1′s are “Finish Your Breakfast” tongue tabs, “Franchise” engraved on the heel and “XI” engraved on the back. For my fellow NY’ers, the “Strick” AF1 will release tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th, at 21 Mercer, West NYC, Niketown, Street Gear NYC, and both Manhattan House of Hoops locations. Call these and other stores for further release information. Good luck! (Picture via Sneaker News)

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