Tomorrow, Saturday, June 30th, select Nike Sportswear retailers such as Sneaker Bistro will launch the “Safari” pack, which features the classic, twenty-five year old Air Safari in its original colorway, as well as the Air Trainer 1, dressed up in that same Tan/Beige-Charcoal “Safari” colorway. This pack is a quickstrike (or what is now being referred to by Nike Sportswear as an NRG) release, so be sure to get to your shop early for a chance to get the shoes!
June 29, 2012
December 2, 2011
Along with the arrival of December came the “Cannon” LeBron 9, which released today. In addition, Jake already let you guys know about the “Black Flip” Air Jordan III that will be released tomorrow. However, here are all of the other notable sneaker release dates for this month:
Nike Zoom KD IV Lineup
This month, Nike Basketball will debut the KD IV, Kevin Durant’s latest signature sneaker, at retail. Tomorrow, December 3rd, both the “Thunder Away” and “Blackout” colorways of the KD IV will hit stores. Later in December, on the 17th, the special “Nerf” version of the KD IV will release at select spots. However, there is one more KD IV set to release soon…
Nike Basketball “Lockout” Pack
As any NBA fan should know by now, the lockout is over, and the 2011-2012 season is slated to begin this upcoming Christmas! However, during the lockout, several NBA players took on other jobs. Nike Basketball, inspired by this action, asked some of its signed athletes what job they would pursuit if they were not professional basketball players. This “Lockout” Pack is the result. The “Weatherman” KD IV, which draws its inspiration from Kevin Durant’s childhood dream of becoming a meteorologist, features the bright Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red shades of your local news’ weather radar. The “Stockbroker” Hyperfuse 2011, which was created by Andre Iguodala’s desire to become a stockbroker, features a luminous Green upper and a tongue symbol that’s font invokes the power of Wall Street. Finally, the “Blake Show” Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme certainly matches Blake Griffin’s humorous personality, as well as his movie star potential. You can purchase all three shoes in the “Lockout” Pack on December 10th at select Nike Basketball retailers.
Other Basketball-Related Releases
December does not only belong to Kevin Durant sneaker-wise. On December 22nd, the first colorway of the Kobe VII (in its Supreme form), Black/White-Del Sol, will hit Nike Basketball retailers. In addition, Jordan Brand has the rest of December on lock, with the debut of the Fly Wade 2 on December 7th, a re-release of the epic “Last Shot” XIV on December 17th, and the highly-anticipated launch of the 2011 “Concord” XI on December 23rd.
As 2011 comes to a close, several stores (and designers) are going out with a bang. Boylston Trading Co., a “premium menswear” boutique in Boston, MA, will unleash the “Hustler’s Crest” adidas Originals Forum Hi Pack, which features three luxurious montone adidas Forum’s (in Black, Lead, and Cardinal) that are all highlighted by a golden crest. The set, designed by BTC’s frontman, Frank the Butcher, goes on sale tomorrow, December 3rd, but is currently available for pre-order online. Nice Kicks is also getting in on the December fun with the release its first New Balance collaboration, the Grey/Red Nice Kicks x New Balance 1500, on December 16th. In addition, Long Island boutique Extra Butter’s first collaborative sneaker, the “AHCHOO” Reebok Pump AXT (which was recently revealed in full), will end off this big year with a release on New Year’s Eve, December 31st. Lastly, while Ronnie Fieg’s next Asics release for his store, Kith, has not officially been revealed yet, he has hinted on Twitter that his “Mazarine Blue” Gel Saga will release soon (through a picture of the official box for the sneakers), and that December 22nd will be a date for people to “mark..down.” Nothing is set in stone though.
October 12, 2011
Unfortunately, Jake and I have not had enough time lately to post about all of the things we’ve wanted to share on the blog. In the next few days we will update you all on some major things going on in the sneaker world. However, we cannot get to everything. Here are some links to stories on Sneaker News and Sole Collector of some recent stories related to Nike SB, Nike Basketball, and Air Jordan:
June 17, 2011
Before I became a sneakerhead, one of my main hobbies was playing video games. In particular, I loved the Mario series because, whether I was playing Mario Kart Wii or even the OG Super Mario Bros., I would have fun playing around with such crazy characters. With that said, I think it is pretty fitting that while there have been many notable Chuck Taylor releases since the start of Sole Camp, this is the first set that I’ve chosen to inform you all about. The Super Mario Bros. x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Collection includes four shoes altogether. The first two pairs are made up of black canvas and white canvas, respectively, and feature a pattern of 8-Bit Marios and Red/White/Black Converse Chuck Taylors. The next two pairs are a little more out there. Each one features a scene from Super Mario Bros.: The first stage, and the battle against Bowser, respectively. However, interestingly enough, these two pairs have a fold-down flap that reveal Luigi on the former pair, and the graphic that appears when you win the whole game on the latter pair. All four Chuck Taylor All-Stars also have many Mario-related additions, such as “Licensed by Nintendo” insoles, and “Super Stars” in place of the regular stars on the Chuck Taylor All-Star. Honestly, I’m not too confident about how these will look on foot, but they’re awesome for collection purposes, especially for someone like me who loves both video games and sneakers. As of now, the Super Mario Bros x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Collection is releasing in July, but in Japan only. If any information regarding a stateside release is revealed, you can be sure to see it on Sole Camp. Check below for pictures of the four Chuck Taylor All-Stars, as well as the cool box that each shoe comes in (via hayabusa). (more…)
February 28, 2011
Let’s just say that Questlove, the drumnmer of hip-hop group The Roots, is pretty tight with Nike. In 2008, Questlove first worked with Nike on one of the loudest and certainly my favorite Air Force 1 of all-time. Since then, he has been spotted with heat all-over, such as the Black/Pink Air Yeezy. Now, Questlove strikes back with Nike with a pack of Dunk Highs. With this pack, Questlove wanted to tone it down a bit from his first Nike release, but still create something that people would want to “check out”. The pack consists of three tonal-colored Dunk Highs: a Red/Off-White Dunk that features Questo’s head on the tongue and a buttoned strap over the laces, and two Bz Dunks (they have the vintage-style swoosh of the Nike Blazer) that feature Questo’s head on the heel, one in Yellow/Off-White and one in All-Black.
The Questlove x Nike Dunk High Pack will release to limited Nike Sportswear retailers, Concepts included, this Friday, March 4th. Let us know if you think this pack tops Questo’s Air Force 1, or if the artist’s first work will always be his best.
August 24, 2010
Lately, a swirl of rumors has been going around concerning future Jordan Brand releases. You might want to pay attention closely to these rumors, as both recent releases, like the Infrared Pack, and confirmed future releases, like the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan XI Retro slated for December, started as rumors.
Air Jordan XIII Retro “Altitude” – Holiday 2010
As of now, picture evidence can 100% confirm three of the four Air Jordan Retro releases that were slated for Holiday 2010. Many entities have gotten their hands on the “Flint” Air Jordan XIII Retro and the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan XI Retro, as shown by the plentiful amount of photographs of both shoes. In addition, at a Jordan Brand event earlier this year, a Jordan Brand official gave the people in attendance a sneak peek at a Black/White Air Jordan II Retro (so no, not the “Chrome” Air Jordan II Retro, but a similar colorway). The White/True Red XIII Retro is nowhere to be found. Could a different Air Jordan XIII Retro come out? Regardless if it replaces the White/True Red XIII Retro, rumor has it that the “Altitude” Air Jordan XIII Retro will make its rounds once again during holiday season. The “Altitude” XIII Retro last released in 2005, so another Retro would be a sweet treat! And just in time for the holidays? Even better!
Air Jordan III Retro “True Blue” – Summer 2011
In 2009, Jordan Brand made one of the worst moves possible, in the eyes of the Jordan heads: Retro the “True Blue” Air Jordan III internationally, and not in the States. Sneaker enthusiasts from the US phoned in to their overseas connections as soon as they could in order to get the 2009 “True Blue” Air Jordan III Retro. Those who didn’t have connections were forced to pay more for the shoe. If you’re thinking of becoming one of the latter, think again. Supposedly, the “True Blue” III will Retro again in America after ten long years. 2001 was when the last Retro release occurred, and Summer 2011 might just be the next time you’ll be able to get the “True Blue” Air Jordan III Retro in stores!
Air Jordan VII Retro “Cardinal” – Summer 2011
With a new Air Jordan VII colorway set in store already, it is only normal for us to ponder if Jordan Brand has any original colorways of the shoe set in store for release. Right now, one colorway of the VII that is rumored to Retro is the “Cardinal” colorway. Named after the shade of red used on the shoe, the “Cardinal” VII Retro is a pretty clean take on the Air Jordan VII. The white, red, and gold combination found on the shoes works pretty well. While there are other, older Air Jordan VII colorways that still need to be Retro’d, this is surely one release to be excited about.
Air Jordan VII Retro “Bordeaux” – Summer 2011
Speaking of older colorways, here’s a rumored release that will stir up some excitement. Actually, let me correct myself. The Retro of the “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII is bound to cause pandemonium, as the colorway is one of the few original colorways of all Air Jordan legacy line shoes that has not seen any sort of Retro release since its original debut (For all VII colorways, 1992). In my opinion, this colorway is simple, yet bold. While the upper is predominantly shades of black and grey, the multi-colored tongue on the shoe provides a nice kick of flavor. So, get your outdoor chairs ready for Summer 2011, as you might just have to sit outside for a while to get a pair of “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII Retro’s, if the rumors are true. If that release didn’t excite you at all, then the next one surely will.
Air Jordan V Retro “Grape” & “Laney” Pack – Summer 2011
My, here we go again! Another pack rumor! If this last rumor materializes, then get ready for one high-magnitude release. Even if the “Grape” Air Jordan V last Retro’d in 2006, it is still considered one of the most all-around loved Air Jordan colorways. Furthermore, the “Laney” V Retro, designed with Michael Jordan’s high school in mind, released in 2000: eleven years from the supposed release of the pack, Summer 2011! Nowadays, “Laney” V Retro’s are rare to find in the various buying and selling marketplaces of the internet. A pack like this would satisfy both the original Jordan heads of the late 1990s and early 2000s and the newfound Jordan heads of recent years, just as the Infrared Pack did! Who else is dying for this rumor to be true?
Remember, these are all rumored releases, meaning that they might happen or might not. If they do, you’ll definitely see coverage on Sole Camp. If they don’t, then we’ll just have to wait longer. (Pictures and information via Kix and the City and Sneaker News)
August 9, 2010
As the World Basketball Festival draws nearer, Jordan Brand has kicked off its “For the Love of the Game” campaign, with countless apparel released to stores in the timeless University Blue shade of UNC, the place where Michael Jordan first truly shined on the basketball court. In addition to apparel, Jordan Brand will release several shoes in commemoration of Jordan’s love of basketball.
Now Releasing: Air Jordan “For the Love of the Game” Pack – Jordan Pre-Game XT, Air Jordan Alpha 1 Outdoor, Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor
With the summer here, outdoor ballin’ is more popular than ever. Jordan Brand has taken the opportunity of summer to introduce the Outdoor versions of the Air Jordan Alpha 1 and Air Jordan 2010. Both shoes are laden with straps and perforations, in order to ensure the perfect outdoor basketball experience. Jordan Brand has taken both of said shoes, along with Jordan Brand’s lightweight training shoe, the Jordan Pre-Game XT, and given them all University Blue/White colorups. These shoes, all with bright blue uppers, would shine in any outdoor game of hoops! Go grab any of the three now from places like NikeStore and Foot Locker!
Now Releasing: Air Jordan IX Retro “For the Love of the Game”
In addition to the three previously-mentioned “For the Love of the Game” kicks, Jordan Brand is scheduled to release an Air Jordan IX Retro for its “For the Love of the Game” campaign. This IX Retro was initially scheduled to release on Saturday, August 14th, but since then, has been moved up to tomorrow, August 11th. This Air Jordan IX Retro is covered in white leather and blue nubuck, along with a full white sole, blue strap, and black lining. The “For the Love of the Game” Air Jordan IX Retro will release specifically at House of Hoops locations tomorrow, Wednesday, August 11th. There’s a specific reason that the IX Retro got pushed up though…
Air Jordan VII Retro “For the Love of the Game”/”Olympic” Re-Retro
…and this is that reason! With both the World Basketball Festival and the 2010 FIBA World Championship going underway soon, Nike has released several sneakers in “USA” colorways. There’s no Air Jordan shoe with a USA colorway quite like the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII, though. It was in the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII that Michael Jordan led the 1992 Dream Team to Olympic gold in Basketball. Almost twenty years later, the shoe will re-release for only the second time; the first Retro release of the shoe coincided with the 2004 Olympic games. The 2010 “Olympic” Air Jordan VII Retro stays true to the original, except for the inclusion of the “For the Love of the Game” heart logo that appears on the rest of the “For the Love of the Game” shoes. On the others, the logo appears in black, but on the VII Retro, it appears in a shining gold shade. The “For the Love of the Game”/”Olympic” Air Jordan VII Retro will release in limited quantities to Jordan Brand retailers on Friday, August 13th. If you’re a fan of Jordan Brand at all, this is a must-pickup shoe! (Pictures and info via Sole Collector, Foot Locker Unlocked, and Exit 36)
June 18, 2010
Well, tomorrow’s the big day. Throughout all of 2010, Jordan Brand has released, in total, six Air Jordan VI Retros. It started with the Black/Varsity Red VI Retro all the way back in January. Many people who did not have Black/Infrared VI Retros at the time flocked to the Black/Varsity Red VI Retro. While some criticized the use of a suede-like material on the shoe, to most, it was quite the appealing shoe. February marked the release of the “Motorsports” Air Jordan VI Retro. With its black translucent sole and pearly white, premium leather-ladden upper, the “Motorsports” VI Retro also attracted a huge crowd of Jordan fans. The limited quantity of the shoe also made it highly sought-after. In March, the “Oreo” Air Jordan VI Retro dropped. While the leather on the “Oreo” VI Retro did not have the same high-quality feel of the “Motorsports” VI Retro’s leather, the color blocking on the shoe really made it stand out. Many were more than pleased with the look of the “Oreo” VI Retro, from the white and black, to the speckled parts throughout the shoe. April gave us the “Pistons” Air Jordan VI Retro. While the shoe was not as well-recieved as the rest of the Air Jordan VI Retros, quite a few people liked the combination of blue, red, gray, and black patent leather on it. It gave the “Pistons” VI Retro a different feel from the rest of the VI Retros. For May, Jordan Brand had the “Lakers” Air Jordan VI Retro in store for us. Just as the “Pistons” VI Retro marked the first use of patent leather on an Air Jordan VI colorway, the “Lakers” VI Retro marked the first visible use of 3M reflective material on an Air Jordan VI colorway (The original Black/Infrared Air Jordan VI had a 3M underlay). The simple black upper, with purple and yellow accents, really put some in awe. Finally, just last week, Jordan Brand released the “Bulls” Air Jordan VI Retro, which used the classic White/Varsity Red colorway seen on so many Air Jordans. Many complimented the “Bulls” VI Retro for its great quality leather and classic look.
Apparently, though, Jordan Brand thinks that there’s a more classic look than White/Varsity Red when it comes to an Air Jordan VI. To end the plethora of Air Jordan VI Retro releases, tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, Jordan Brand will release not one, but two Air Jordan VI Retros. How so, you ask? Jordan Brand is releasing an Air Jordan VI Retro Pack tomorrow. What shoes will be in the Pack? Well, what better Air Jordan VI candidates are there to be released in a Pack together besides the White/Infrared and Black/Infrared Air Jordan VI’s? That’s right. None. Tomorrow, Jordan Brand will release the Air Jordan VI Retro Infrared Pack to select Jordan Brand retailers. It’s about damn time!
Are you wondering how you can scoop up a pack? Well, if you are, and you live in the Long Island/New York City area, like I do, let me explain the situation. In New York City, many stores will get the Infrared Pack in stock, including a few Dr. Jays locations, Foot Lockers, and, of course, Footaction on 34th St. The latter will release the Infrared Pack at midnight. Lines will surely form before that time, though. On Long Island, the situation is a bit different. Not all retail chain stores, nor all mom-and-pop shops on Long Island will get in the Infrared Pack. For example, Foot Locker in Walt Whitman Mall will not receive the Infrared Pack. Finish Line in Roosevelt Field Mall will not receive the Pack, either. As for the sneaker boutiques, Exit 36 will not be receiving the Infrared Pack. Street Gear NYC will not have the Infrared Pack in stock tomorrow, but they will get the Pack in sometime next week. As for Extra Butter, they are doing a raffle-style release for the Infrared Pack. For every piece of Jordan Brand apparel bought at the store, you will have one raffle ticket. These raffle tickets, if picked, will allow you to purchase one Infrared Pack. If you want to still get in the raffle, be quick, because the raffle drawing will be at 6:00 PM today! For retail chains, I can confirm that Foot Locker, Champs, and Footaction (all in Roosevelt Field) will get the Infrared Pack in, and will be releasing it tomorrow morning.
In addition, the Air Jordan VI Retro Infrared Pack will be available online, at just about every sneaker retail website you can think of, including, but not limited to Foot Locker, Champs, Footaction, Eastbay, and Nike Store. With all of that said, get ready. No matter where you try and purchase the Infrared Pack, things are bound to get hectic. Stores will be swarmed and websites will succumb to the mass amount of purchases being made and crash. I wish you all good luck in getting the Infrared Pack, for it is definitely something that should not be passed on! (Picture via Jordan Brand)
June 10, 2010
Countless pictures of the Air Jordan VI Infrared Pack have been released over the past few weeks. What’s saddening about a majority of the pictures, though, is that they don’t really catch the Infrared color. Many people have been mislead into thinking that the Infrared Air Jordan VI Retros look exactly like the Varsity Red Air Jordan VI Retros. I admit, for lack of other good pictures, even pictures that I have posted of the Pack have been a bit misleading. Luckily for me, a friend of mine, Stevie Billy (known on ISS as iMa_NiKe_gODD), got his Infrared VI Pack early. He took a few pictures of the Infrared Air Jordan VI Retros for me. I am here now to debunk the rumors that the shoes don’t look like they have Infrared. Here are the Infrared Air Jordan VI Retros in their true colors:
June 5, 2010
As today is June 5th, there are only two weeks left until the Air Jordan VI Infrared Pack releases. Since I posted about Nike’s confirmation of the Infrared Pack, people have gotten their hands on the Pack, and even more information and pictures have been revealed on the Pack. First and foremost, if you look at the above picture, you will see that the shoes, packaging-wise, will be placed one atop another, in pull-out formation, with a thin piece of cardboard separating the boxes, all in a Black matte box. An interesting thing about the interior of the box is that it is entirely Infrared.. As I’ve said before, each shoe in the Infrared Pack will be wrapped in an anti-static plastic bag that pretty much halts the deadly oxidation process that yellows clear rubber soles.
Now, moving on to the actual shoes, one interesting thing I have seen is that, contrary to popular belief, the shade of Infrared on the Air Jordan VI Retros in the pack are actually very close to, if not spot on the shade of Infrared on the original Infrared Air Jordan VI’s that released in 1991. In addition, besides for the shade of color, another difference was discovered between the Varsity Red Air Jordan VI Retros and the Infrared Air Jordan VI Retros from the pack. The Varsity Red shoes have Varsity Red Air Bubble Units, while the Infrared pairs have White Air Bubble Units.
What’s the point of knowing so much about the shoes without knowing release information, though? Well, the Infrared Pack is supposedly a limited General Release, meaning that most Jordan Brand retailers will get the Pack, but in limited amounts. In fact, a majority of retailer websites should get the Infrared Pack. That is, the websites for Footlocker, Eastbay, Champs, Footaction, and NikeStore (as previously confirmed) will have the pack in stock at 12:00 AM on the dot on June 19th. From this, I think it is safe to infer that most retailers will also have the pack available in store. In fact, yesterday, Foot Locker confirmed that all Foot Locker stores will have the Infrared Pack in stock. Below, you can find an extensive amount of pictures of the Air Jordan VI Infrared Pack, detailing the packaging, the Infrared VI Retros, and the differences between the Infrared VI Retros and the Varsity Red VI Retros. At this point, all I can say is get ready, for June 19th will bring the world the biggest sneaker release since the “Space Jam” Air Jordan XI Retro. Call your local sneaker stores to see if they will have the Infrared Pack in stock, and look below for the photos that will have to satisfy you until Saturday, June 19th. (more…)