Here are the Final Designs of the Nike: On Air Winners

by Henrik Buzzi

In 2018, The Nike: On Air contest brought thousands of participants to workshops in New York City, London, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo, where locals dreamed up shoe designs inspired by their communities. In May, 18 finalists were narrowed down to six winners (one from each city) who were invited to work alongside Nike designers and developers to bring their designs to life. The winners’ final shoes were revealed today.

"There are attributes in the shoes this year that I would have never even considered, like introducing tools to encourage consumer modularity or pushing the boundaries of material usage," says Dylan Raasch, Senior Creative Director of Nike Air Max. "These concepts prove that there are always new ways to approach design.”Release of the Nike: On Air winning designs begins in April.

Nike Air Max 98 La Mezcla, by Gabrielle Serrano

Nike Air Max 97 London Summer of Love, by Jasmine Lasode

Nike Air Max 97 Neon Seoul, by Gwang Shin

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Paris Works in Progress, by Lou Matheron

Nike Air Max 1 Tokyo Maze, by Yuta Takuman

Nike Air Max 97 SH Kaleidoscope, by Cash Ru

Nike Blazer Mid '77 VNTG

by Henrik Buzzi

Named after Portland’s basketball team when it joined the league, the Blazer became an instant classic on and off the court when it debuted in 1972. The iconic silhouette arrives in a white leather upper and green Nike swoosh, while the vintage finish on the midsole provides an old-school look. Releasing 19.01 at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

Nike Air Max2 Light

by Henrik Buzzi

Just like throughout 2018, Nike have started 2019 in similar fashion by re-releasing retro models for the first time. Consumers saw the Air Max 98 ‘Gundam’, Air Max Deluxe silhouette and Air Jordan III ‘Mocha’ return for the first time respectively. The Nike Air Max2 Light originally released in 1994 as an updated look from its predecessor of the Nike Air Max2 offering a “lighter” version. This span across between the materials to the overall cut of the silhouette but keeping the aggressive design on the upper.

Like its predecessor, the Air Max2 Light offered a technical four-chambered Air Max unit which featured two different pressure systems (25 PSI and 5 PSI). The combination between the two pressure systems optimised firm cushioning on the heel as well as giving a softer bounce. In addition, the Air Max2 Light presented a toned down element as opposed to the Air Max2 with the cut of the model being shorter as well as the midsole however, it still kept the vigorous aesthetic through the overlays on the upper. Almost 25 years later it returns in a University Gold colorway. Combined with mesh, nubuck and leather on the upper. A Flash Crimson Swoosh and Racer Blue hits on the tongue and outsole complete the classic silhouette. Coming soon at selected retailers such as Footpatrol.

adidas Nite Jogger

by Henrik Buzzi

For 2019 adidas present the Nite Jogger, inspired by its 70’s runner namesake this latest iteration revitalizes the originals credentials with a contemporary overhaul harnessing adidas’s revolutionary boost sole tech and a healthy dose of reflective detailing.

Inspired by the 1976 Nite Jogger, a shoe developed for jogging in low light. This latest entry in the canon builds upon the iconic detailing of the original using the orange highlights as a base to craft a 2019 ready style. The upper features a construction composed of mesh, nylon ripstop and suede overlays, allowing for a lightweight build and a razor-sharp shape. Further nods to the period arrive via an old school visible foam padded tongue and the distinctive orange highlights on the heel and toe that feature a bold 3M reflective finish. 

Emulating the originals aim of offering improved comfort by way of a “thicker & softer” sole unit, an updated Boost midsole is deployed down below offering superior responsive cushioning with an OrthoLite® sock liner just above for further comfort. Final flourishes of details include reflective fleck laces, and a custom Nite Jogger tongue label. Releasing January 12 at selected retailers such as hanon. 

Air Jordan 19 “Flint”

by Henrik Buzzi

For the first Retro of the year Jordan brings back an early 2000's classic in the Jordan 19 for 2019. This model will feature the original white, flint grey and chrome color-way, the color scheme the 19 debuted back in 2004. The upper consists of white leather, patent leather and the signature flint colored mesh overlay covering the lacing system. The unique insoles say "Melo" in script as a tribute to the Jordan athlete Carmelo Anthony who wore them as a member of the Nuggets in the '04 NBA season. To finish it off the iconic Jumpman logo is given a chrome finish and is placed stoutly on the midsole and heel. Coming soon to selected retailers such as Feature.

Realtree x Nike Air Force 1 '07

by Henrik Buzzi

Nike kick off 2019 by following up on the strong recent outings of the iconic Air Force 1. Enlisting camouflage guru's Realtree, whom Nike first teamed up with in 2011 for an exclusive ID option and SB shoe.

Realtree are no strangers to working their cutting edge patterns across streetwear staples, Supreme opted to apply their signature camo across a range of pullover anoraks with their use of the 'blaze' camo (as seen on the Air Force 1 here) being a highlight of the drop.  Each canvas upper of the Air Force 1 is decked out in an official realtree pattern featuring styles such as Winter Snow, Blaze & AP camouflage. Details include a rounded lace with embroidered eyelets while subtle branding arrives via a Realtree logo on each footbed. Releasing January 4 at selected retailers such as Hanon.

Nike Chinese New Year collection

by Henrik Buzzi

To commemorate the Year of the Pig, the last animal sign representing 2019 on the Chinese Zodiac, Nike is releasing a limited-edition Chinese New Year collection that unifies patterns symbolic of all 12 signs onto classic Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse silhouettes, joining them together in a form of traditional Chinese patchwork called Bai Jia Yi.

Two styles of graphics are used to represent this throughout the collection: The first is a traditional geometric quilt pattern that is influenced by all 12 Chinese Zodiac symbols; the second is a mosaic pattern of the 12 symbols.

Top 20 sneakers of 2018

by Henrik Buzzi

As we approach the end of 2018, we round up the year by ranking our 20 favorite sneaker releases of 2018. This task has been difficult, as this year has seen a lot of great releases. Here are our favorites from 2018 ranked in random order.

Slam Jam x adidas Consortium

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas Consortium and Slam Jam joined forces  on  two  exclusive  new  footwear  styles.  The collaborative duo picked two  styles  from  two  different  ends  of  the  adidas  spectrum  – one  draws from  adidas’  rich  heritage,  while the  other  from  the  cutting-edge  of  the  sportswear  brand’s  developments.

First  up  is  a  new  take  on  the  ever-iconic  80s  Superstar, a masterclass  in  minimalism,  which comes offset  by  distinctive  detailing.  The  instantly-recognizable  shelltoe  of  the  Superstar  is  here  presented  in  smooth  leather,  while  the  heel  panel  is  blacked  out.  This  refined  approach  is  offered  with a  subtle  counterpoint  by  the  introduction  of  asymmetrical,  zig-zagging  stitches  on  the  shoe’s  lateral.

The  second  style  sees  a  similar  aesthetic  approach  to  a  very  different  type  of  shoe.  The  P.O.D.  S3.1  is  a  contemporary  running-inspired  style  that  offers  an  evolved  take  on  90s  style  cushioning.  BOOST  technology  is  utilized  on  the  heel  where  it  matters  most  and  a  ‘Point  of  Deflection’  bridge  offers  the  perfect  midpoint  between  stability  and  flexibility  for  a  lifestyle  shoe.  The collaborative  version  is  presented  in  an  understated  colorway  of  whites  and  creams,  rendered  across  uppers  that  move  between  snug  neoprene  and  soft  leather.  Contrast  materials  and  colors  on  the  heel  tab,  lacing  and  exposed  tongue  add  the  perfect  amount  of  subtle  finesse  to  a  shoe  designed  to  endure. The adidas Consortium x Slam Jam collaboration will be available as of November 10 at Slam Jam.

Afew x BEAMS x Asics Tiger Gel Lyte III "Orange Koi"

by Henrik Buzzi

The Afew x BEAMS x Asics Tiger Gel-Lyte III “Orange Koi” is finally here! Three years after their first collaboration with Asics Tiger. The "Orange Koi“ central theme is the German-Japanese friendship, visible in the details of the shoes. The left patch on the heel shows a world map and the patch on the right shoe shows the word „Friendship“ in Japanese letters. In addition to this, the names of the partners are embossed on each side of the shoe. With an astonishing attention to detail, the sole has been designed with the „Orange Koi“ Camo. Otherwise, you can find a transparent part of the sole where you can see the Koi. With the Instore Release, we will have a Special Packaging, which includes a limited Wooden Special Box, an "Orange Koi Bandana", Inscent Sticks and a History Booklet. Additional laces complete the set. Releasing 10. November at Afew.

Find out about the whole story of the Koi. Started from the 1-of-1 handmade Asics Gel-Lyte III “Koi” to the latest collaboration with BEAMS. Do you ever wonder why we collaborate with Asics Tiger and not with another brand? Check this episode and learn everything about the story of the Koi and you will possibly get a glimpse of the “Orange Koi”.

24 Kilates x Mizuno Wave Rider 1 “King Kobra”

by Henrik Buzzi

Following the Kazoku program, 24 Kilates teams up with Mizuno honoring the exotic reptile King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), paying respect to one of the most tough and fascinating animals on earth, well known on their second motherland, Thailand.

This collaboration re-works the Wave Rider 1 silhouette, an open mesh base is topped with faux snakeskin highlighting the design lines, mixed with premium suede parts and reflective details. Combining classic athletic colors as navy, red and gold leaded by the reptile natural range of tones. Keeping a classic white sole, a tribute to the running silhouette of the mid 90’s. The 24 Kilates x Mizuno Wave Rider 1 “King Kobra” releases October 27 at 24 Kilates.

Nike Air VaporMax FlyKnit 2 NRG "Jacket Pack"

by Henrik Buzzi

Dressed in a Team Red, Black, and Vachetta Tan color scheme. This Nike Air VaporMax features a combination of Red and Black throughout its Flyknit constructed upper. Nike also adds leather detailing on the tongue, toe, and wrapping around its heel. Finishing off the design is a full-length Black VaporMax sole unit. Releasing October 30 at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

DTLR VILLA X New Balance 998 "Four for Four"

by Henrik Buzzi

As the founding fathers of the DTLR VILLA X New Balance exclusive "Four for Four" sneaker, we present to you a city-inspired 998 silhouette to keep your victorious spirit loud and proud! And if you already live and breathe the true enthusiasm of Philadelphia, this sneaker is perfect for you.

Philly is much more than cheesesteaks and Ben Franklin. A declaration of patriotism and Philly honor stems from the pride of our glorious die-hard intensity. This silhouette is a melting pot of all Philadelphian hues and representation from all over the city. The standout features of this collection range from all of the city's most iconic staples and colorways. This exclusive NB 998 boosts as a celebration of the city, a trophy for its brilliance and a time capsule to commemorate the triumphs. Inherit the ups (and downs) of a true Philadelphian in the New Balance "Four for Four." Releasing October 26 at DTLR VILLA

Saint Alfred x adidas Consortium Temper Run

by Henrik Buzzi

Founded in 2005, Chicago's Saint Alfred and adidas Consortium partner for their second collaborative shoe, the Temper Run / STA. The Temper Run is given a fall season color palette and 1990's outdoors-wear construction with suedes, ballistic nylons, reflective panels, and gum outsole.

Saint Alfred worked alongside Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn who created new visual works to help capture the spirit of the adidas Consortium Temper Run / STA shoe. The adidas Consortium Temper Run x Saint Alfred releases October 20 at Saint Alfred.

size? Exclusive adidas Originals YUNG-1 “Craft Ochre”

by Henrik Buzzi

Following up on the release of the recent “Ivory” colorway, another adidas Originals YUNG-1 enters the scene, this time in a size? exclusive “Craft Ochre” colorway. A reconfigured version of the original Falcon Dorf training shoe from 1998, the updated Yung-1 is strikingly accurate in appearance as far as retro releases go, albeit with a few branding tweaks that take the shoe away from the performance category and bring it into the Originals family. The first time around the Falcon Dorf sat in amongst an assortment of memorable shoes from the same era, including the Galaxy in all it’s different iterations, and runners from the iconic Equipment range.

Returning in a slightly different guise for 2018, the Falcon Dorf’s influence is noticeable in the uppers, with the only obvious differences being the restructured tongue and removal of performance branding. Torsion technology sits inside the midsole, as it has done since the 90s, to provide support underfoot and improve cushioning. This latest size? exclusive colorway offers a vibrant version of the silhouette. Rich shades of orange coat the shoe’s premium nubuck, suede and mesh uppers, and these striking shades continue to envelope the entirety of the midsole and gum outsole. The size? Exclusive adidas Originals YUNG-1 “Craft Ochre” drops October 20 exclusively at size?

Highsnobiety x Diadora N9000 "Eastern Bluebird"

by Henrik Buzzi

After helping Diadora commemorate its 70th anniversary with a special collaboration dedicated to Highsnobiety’s hometown of Berlin, part two of this joint celebration pays homage to our second home in New York. Releasing exclusively at on October 24, the New York-inspired N9000 design comes by way of frequent Highsnob collaborator Hikmet Sugoer who looked beyond our office’s urban landscapes to the vast wilderness just outside of the city and happened upon the official bird of New York State—the Eastern Bluebird. Our N9000 features a distinct blue color palette with the bluebird emblazoned on the insoles and hits of peach nectar along the side panels for a truly unique ode to the Empire State.

Patta x Nike Air Max 90/95 "Publicity Publicity, Wohoooow!,”

by Henrik Buzzi

Inspired by the phrase "Publicity. Publicity. Wohoooow!" Patta’s latest collection with Nike features multiple creative expressions including apparel, footwear and a campaign for which they collaborated with a group of 11 artists. “Traveling. Visiting each other. Getting to know each other. For us, that is where the collaboration between Nike and Patta started,” explains Patta’s Vincent Van de Waal. The phrase, "Publicity. Publicity. Wohoooow!,” stems from another sort of collaboration — the spontaneous “happenings” of 1960s avant garde artists, like Amsterdam’s Robert Jasper Grootveld. For the Patta crew, these engagements remind of a need not just for self-awareness and irony, but as Van de Waal notes, about how wearing overtly branded items becomes an act in space in and of itself. Releasing October 20 at Patta.

END. x PUMA Thunder “Shadow Rise”

by Henrik Buzzi

Stepping out from within the shadows, PUMA's Thunder returns, delivering the 'Shadow Rise' in collaboration with END. In the wake of its predecessors, the latest Thunder silhouette brings dimension and architecture with a pared-back recoloring. Embracing the new era of sportswear with a solid stance that refuses to falter, ride the wave of the dad-core movement with the END. x PUMA Thunder “Shadow Rise” at your feet.

Commanding attention with a minimalistic aesthetic, the sneaker's grand architecture combines black nubuck and leather with a stacked white sole underfoot. The perfect setting for dual-branding, the pull tab and cork footbed find light in the shadows, with earthy wooden suedes and concrete leather overlays wrapping around the heel. An extension of the IMEVA cushioned midsole, a semi-translucent gum rubber outsole takes the sneaker to new heights. Raffle is now open at END.Launches

Solebox x Atmos x Asics Gel Lyte III

by Henrik Buzzi

The first ASICSTIGER x Solebox collaboration now dates back 10 years – an explicite reason to celebrate and honor the classic. That’s why Solebox teamed up with their Japanese friends from Atmos to create a new product on the Gel-Lyte III silhouette launching on October 13th. The collaboration merges the DNA of both influential partners: While Atmos gives the model its own twist through its striking signature snow-tiger-camo pattern, the grey and purple color-scheme reflects both the urban Berlin vibe and the heritage of ASICSTIGER x Solebox collaborations. Coming from the 2008 Solebox collaboration “The Sun“, parts of the upper further change their color to bright purple once hit by UV light, further used as accent color.

Some upscale details accomplish the conspicuous design. The lace-tips as well as the backside got printed with both an atmos and solebox logo while the sole is partially icy on the heels and further features embedded emblems. The Gel-Lyte III comes with a smooth leather lining inside which ensures an exclusive appearance and provides convenience while wearing. Releasing October 13 at Solebox.

HANON x KangaROOS Coil-R1 "Moonshine"

by Henrik Buzzi

This October, for the first time, HANON are proud to come together with KangaROOS and debut their HANON Coil-R1 ‘Moonshine’. Known globally for their ‘Original Shoes With Pockets’ they have reworked the KangaROOS ‘86 Coil-R1 runner in a premium execution. Handcrafted in Germany at the Kangaroos factory in Pirmasens, our interpretation of the Coil-R1 is inspired by the one-time illegal production of alcohol in the US - commonly known as Moonshine!

Originally produced at night and under the cover of darkness, Moonshine was distilled in makeshift copper pots and typically made by fermenting corn mash to produce a high-proof clear whisky. Notoriously unsafe and depending on the reliability of the distiller and apparatus used, lead poisoning and blindness were often a result of a poorly made batch. The volume of alcohol in the liquid could be tested by shaking a clear container. Large bubbles indicate high alcohol content and small bubble low alcohol content whilst a flame test could also be implemented to check for lead and other toxins!

Utilising premium materials and handcrafted German production, our Moonshine edition of the Coil-R1 features a plush suede upper with contrasting cracked overlays and a full leather lining. Moonshine references appear throughout the shoe - highlighted via the tan colour to depict the mash, contrasting teal pops representing the oxidised copper on the stills, and patterned overlays to illustrate the bubbles in the liquid. Additional attention to detail appears in the rustic zig-zag stitches the tongue patch and footbed whilst the ‘illegal batch’ is depicted in an individually numbered edition of 408 pairs.  Finally, the coil-R1 is sat atop a DYNACOIL sole unit - a patented NASA tested shock absorbing material making the Coil-R1 out of this world comfortable. Releasing October 13 at HANON.