For the 50th U.S. Open, Serena Williams will take the court in style thanks to the sublime touch of Virgil Abloh, the Off-White founder who has sent the sneaker world in a frenzy with his “The 10” collaboration with Nike. As part of “The Queen Collection”, which includes on-court apparel and footwear exclusively made for Serena, Virgil crafted new colorways of his Nike Blazer and Nike Air Max 97 befitting of Serena’s royal theme – one that is inspired by her love of ballet. Featuring an elemental rose upper and a color gradient of pink, purple, and gold, the Air Max 97 received a welcome touch of power and finesse that only the 23-time champion can bring to the game.
Kobe Bryant is still a presence in the game of basketball largely due to his popular performance shoes with Nike. This August 24th, dubbed Kobe Day, will see the release of the newest signature shoe of the Black Mamba’s post-retirement era, a silhouette that was first debuted by Demar Derozan at the Drew League. The retail price is set at $140, which makes sense given the lack of a highly engineered Flyknit upper. Still, the shoe’s slip-on bootie construction and Zoom Air cushioning, this Kobe AD model promises to perform just as well. See a detailed look at this debut colorway below and stay tuned for the release this Thursday, August 24th.
Nike Kobe AD
Release Date: August 24th, 2018
Style Code: AV3556-100
Jordan Brand has inserted itself into a various number of sporting endeavors, establishing a palpable presence in football, baseball, and even golf. It’s dabbled in the high-octane world of car racing with Jordan Motorsports, while outfitting some of the toughest SOBs in the boxing ring. Today, Jordan Brand officially announces its collaboration with street BMX figure Nigel Sylvester of Queens, New York while introducing a special edition Air Jordan 1 designed by the man himself. This sail, red, black, and silver iteration of the Air Jordan 1 features hand-drawn markings around the shoe that denote specific zones of wear and tear that occur during the process of mastering a trick. Additionally, the medial Swoosh features reflective material for higher visibility on the NYC streets. Finally, the shoes and the box feature “Jordan Biking Co., Est. 2017”, a nod to the genesis of this project.
Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Release Date: August 22nd, 2018
Color: Sail/White-Varsity Red-Reflect Silver
Style Code: BV1803-106
After a slight delay, the Air Jordan 3 Flyknit is finally set to drop next week, and it could end up being a precursor of what’s to come next.
According to leak account py_rates, the Air Jordan 4 will be the next sneaker to undergo the Flyknit makeover. Although images aren’t currently available, the account reports that four colorways will release during summer 2019 including “Hyper Royal/Hyper Royal/Black,” “University Red/University Red/Black,” “Volt/Volt/Gunsmoke/Volt,” and “Total Orange/Total Orange/Gunsmoke/Total Orange.”
Jordan Brand’s Flyknit retro concept began last year with the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit and will continue with the debut of the Air Jordan 3 Flyknit on Aug. 15. The rumored Air Jordan 4 variation would coincide with the model’s 30th anniversary.