The Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 LX ‘Spades’ showcases an ornate design inspired by playing cards. The black leather upper is appointed with a metallic gold Swoosh and tonal overlays in an embossed paisley print. Nods to the King and Queen face cards take the form of a ‘K’ in metallic gold heel embroidery on the left shoe and a ‘Q’ on the right. Bold hits of Light Fusion Red make their way to the sneaker’s interior lining and pivot-point rubber outsole. Atop the leather tongue, a woven tag displays ‘AF1’ superimposed on a spade graphic in metallic gold.
The Jordan Series.01 ‘Anthracite’ represents one of two introductory colorways of a low-profile lifestyle silhouette. This pair, dubbed ‘Dear Mike,’ pays tribute to the young MJ, whose competitive edge was forged at an early age with an assist from his older brother Larry. The monochromatic leather and suede upper draws inspiration from Michael’s ‘Black Cat’ persona. Atop the tongue, ‘Dear Mike’ is inscribed on the Jumpman-branded tag, while the left insole features a graphic that reads ‘Swing for the Fences.’ Underfoot, the white rubber outsole is marked with ‘45/2’ as a nod to Jordan’s jersey number. The athlete chose 23 because he believed if he was half as good as Larry, who wore 45, he’d be on the road to success.
Launching as part of the two-piece ‘Animal Pack,’ the Nike Dunk Low Premium ‘Zebra’ carries a black leather upper with tonal suede overlays covered in subtle zebra stripes. The dark palette is offset by a white leather Swoosh and a matching white heel tab with embroidered Nike branding. Padded mesh lines the collar for a comfortable fit, while a nylon tongue offers improved breathability. The sneaker rests on a solid white rubber cupsole, underpinned by a traction pattern originally designed for pivoting on the hardwood.
Representing the Swoosh’s fifth collaboration with the British rapper, the Skepta x Nike Air Max Tailwind 5 ‘Bloody Chrome’ delivers an eye-catching colorway of a hybrid silhouette that channels the late ‘90s/early 2000s. The heel and angular chrome piece are both taken from the Air Max Tailwind 5, while the reddish-orange mesh with contrasting black TPU overlays are lifted from the Air Max Tailwind 5 Plus. ‘SK Air’ is displayed atop the purple iridescent tongue. The sneaker rides on a black foam midsole with visible Max Air cushioning in the heel and forefoot.
The 2021 edition of the Reebok Answer 4 ‘Step Over’ brings back a notorious colorway of Allen Iverson’s fourth signature shoe, worn by the athlete when he famously stepped over the Lakers’ Tyronn Lue after burying a baseline jumper in the 2001 NBA Finals. The white and black leather upper is secured with a hook-and-loop strap and a zip-up shroud that conceals the laces for a streamlined aesthetic. A leather pull tab at the heel delivers easy on and off. The sneaker rides on a DMX foam midsole, supported underfoot by a herringbone traction rubber outsole.
The adidas NMD_R1 ‘Black OG’ replicates the look of the debut NMD colorway from 2015. Originally inspired by vintage models like the Micro Pacer, Rising Star and Boston Super, the lifestyle runner features a black stretch knit upper with a bound collar, replacing the sock-like Primeknit cuff of the original. The seamless build is mounted on a full-length Boost midsole, accented with contrasting red and blue EVA plugs affixed to the lateral sidewall.
The Matthew M. Williams x Nike Zoom 004 ‘Triple Black’ reunites the Swoosh with the founder of luxury designer brand 1017 Alyx 9SM. Rendered in a monochromatic finish, the unconventional silhouette uses Nike’s history of design innovation as a starting point. The shoe combines data-backed insights with the aesthetic cues of performance running shoes from the early 2000s, resulting in tooling that utilizes mechanical cushion plates with visible Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. A caterpillar-tread rubber outsole offers maximum grip. Up top, breathable polyester mesh is fortified with tonal no-sew overlays and an external heel counter. The lateral side features glossy molded detailing inspired by molten metal.
Conceived in partnership with the LA-based streetwear brand, the Pleasures x adidas Superstar ‘Black’ updates the shell-toed low-top with a sleek, stealthy finish. Polished black leather is utilized on the upper, accented with translucent three-stripes that can be customized with accompanying inserts in various colors and patterns. Pleasures branding is inscribed in red lettering on the lateral quarter panel and tonal canvas heel tab. The logo is repeated on the translucent herringbone-tread rubber outsole.