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20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Nike Foamposite

When the Nike Foamposite One first dropped in 1997, it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before but people wore it in some impressive performances. The sleek $180 shoe had no Nike branding on the upper, save a small Swoosh near the toe, and the synthetic upper and prominent carbon plate gave the shoe a decidedly futuristic look, one that many sneaker designers still strive to achieve.

With interest in Foams that never ceases to fade, here are 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Nike Foamposite.

Nobody thought it was possible.
Like all great sneaker stories, the naysayers were a plenty. The Foamposite was one of the most unbelievable designs, so it’s probabaly not a huge surprise that everyone from designers at Nike, all the way to manufacturers in China, said that it couldn’t be done when the original idea was presented.

The Foamposite was not designed for Penny Hardaway. 

Eric Avar didn’t design the Foamposite One Denim with Penny Hardaway in mind. If the apocryphal stories are true, it was originally intended for Scottie Pippen (no word on whether it then would have been called the “Foamposite 33”). But in a session with Penny, where he wasn’t moved by any of the other designs, he saw the Foamposite in Avar’s bag, and the rest was royal blue history.

It was inspired by a beetle.

 

Not the Volkswagen, but the little annoyances that wander around your garage, were actually part of the inspiration for the Foamposite’s aerodynamic features.

People thought it would ruin the footwear industry.

The design of the Foamposite was so absurd compared to the traditional usage of leather and rubber that many people actually thought Nike would ruin footwear with the design. Fast forward 15 years and now nearly everything is made out of plastic-based materials. It hasn’t seemed to keep anyone from buying sneakers yet, either.

Daewoo was the company that made it happen.

A number of companies were approached by Nike with the Foamposite concept. Many of them couldn’t come up with the correct formula to make it happen but Daewoo came through. Yep, the Korean company that makes TVs and cars were the ones behind your latest Foamposite purchase.

The upper of the Foamposite begins as liquid.

If the sleek, logoless shoe itself wasn’t enough to pry your $180 (plus tax) from your wallet, maybe the T-1000 backstory was. In order to create the Foamposite One’s seamless upper, the “foam” material started as a liquid, which was then poured into molds. How does that add up to $180? Well, the molds weren’t cheap. Read on.

The perfect temperature is between 130 and 175 degrees.

No, not to wear them. In case you were wondering, Foamposite material is created at a temperature range of 130-175 degrees Fahrenheit. If we see anyone melting down Foams on Youtube, though…

The average cost of the mold was $750,000.

$750,000 for the mold alone. Considering that doesn’t include the cost of labor, packaging, shipping or marketing, you can see why the price of the Foamposite was steep.

The midsole had to be 5 times stronger than a traditional sneaker’s.

When the Foamposite was created, the process was so different that traditional ways of manufacturing had to be revamped. In order for the molded upper to stay attached to the midsole, it had to be 5 times stronger than traditional glue and stitching. So, in a way, the development of the Foamposite helped with other future technologies just by pushing the limits.

The original price of the Foamposite One was $180.

So, this might be something you do know but there seems to be some serious confusion amongst the always knowledgable group of Internet sneaker blogs. We’re just going to clear the air, the Nike Air Foamposite One retailed for $180 when it first released and the Nike Air Foamposite Pro retailed for $170. Eastbay catalogs don’t lie, bruh.

Foamposites didn’t sell well at all.

$180 price tags may be commonplace now, but back in 1997 that was a real jump. And when you put that price tag on a brand-new technology that doesn’t even feature the usual visible cues of “high-dollar” — like a Max airbag or a Jumpman or a yeezy 350 Static — it’s gonna be a tough sell. Fortunately enough people stepped up to keep Foamposite in the line.

The NBA didn’t approve of the sneakers.

The NBA said that the colorway wasn’t fit for the court because it didn’t have enough black to coincide with Penny’s Orland Magic uniform. Penny did what any sneakerhead would do, and busted out the Sharpie to fix the problem.

Penny Hardaway didn’t debut the Foamposite One.

Mike Bibby first hit the court as an Arizona Wildcat wearing the Royal Foamposites on March 23 of 1997. That same day, Penny Hardaway laced up his Nike Air Penny IIs. It wouldn’t be until a few games later that Penny finally laced up the Foamposite One with his Orlando Magic uniform.

Penny Hardaway had white Foams 15 years before you.

Penny Hardaway may not have been the first to wear his own signature shoe in a game, and he may have never worn them in an All-Star Game or NBA Finals, but at least he was getting exclusives before anyone else. The best part is that it’s been damn near 20 years and you STILL don’t have these.

The phone number has been disconnected.

One of the shoes to be featured in Nike’s simple – and brilliant – print ad campaign that simply showed a shoe on a white background with a Swoosh and a 1-800 number, the Foamposite One never looked better. Tragically, the phone number has been disconnected. We were hoping to get Lil Penny on the line, seeing that he still owes us for the dry cleaning from his Super Bowl party.

Foamposites became the ultimate takedown model.

The Clogposite is one of the most unexpected sneakers ever created by Nike — who turns a $180 shoe into a slipper? But don’t try to front in your new camo Foams this weekend, the O.G.s been rockin’ digi camo Foams, son.

It was the first sneaker people were willing to trade their car for.

Crazy shit happens when the hype hits all time highs. This dude really tried to trade his car — with a full tank of gas, even — for Galaxy Foams. This can’t be life.

The Nike LeBron 16 “1 Thru 5” Five color way releasing

 

From a sneaker standpoint, Petrie’s been by LeBron’s side through everything from “The Decision” to his return to Cleveland to his latest decision to leave Cleveland again. Petrie has witnessed LeBron mature not only as a basketball player, but also as a person.

“Now that we have been working together for so long we can talk pretty freely,” Petrie said. “He can tell me this sucks or we can give him an idea or challenge him.”

At this stage in LeBron’s career, he’s still pushing the design team to uncharted waters as well. In this current political climate, using sneakers to also make a statement is something Petrie and LeBron are exploring and want to do more of. A game-worn pair of the LeBron 15 “Equality” is now sitting in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

“That’s one of the single most amazing highlights of my career. It’s something I have never even dreamed of,” Petire said. “That’s incredible and I want to help amplify that.”

 

 

After launching last week in the elegant Harlem’s Fashion Row edition, the Nike LeBron 16 is ready to be unleashed once again in a familiar color concept that should have sneakerheads and LeBron fans in a frenzy. The “What The” styling typically refers to colorways of the past, but for the newest model, Nike Basketball is looking to the future as this release acts as a mosaic of the first five colorways of the shoe. “Fresh Bred” (the black/red), King, “SFG”, “20-20”, and “I Promise” all play a role in the composition of this audacious colorway, all while emphasizing the notion of LeBron James playing all five positions on the court. The LeBron 16 “1 Thru 5” will officially release this Saturday at select House of Hoops locations and other retailers listed below.
Nike LeBron 16 What The
Release Date: September 15th, 2018
$185
Color: Multi-color/Multi-color
Style Code: BQ6580-900
Where To Buy Air Jordan 1 GG “Hyper Pink”
House Of Hoops
In-store
Jimmy Jazz
In-store (Jamaica)

 

First Look at OBJ’s Latest Air Force 1 Collab

Nike is helping New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and friends kick off the the new NFL season in style. With Week 1 officially in the books, Ronnie Fieg took to Instagram to show off a limited collaboration sent to him by the highest-paid wideout in the league.

The all-red Air Force 1 Low came packaged in a matching box covered in paisley print and emblazoned with OBJ’s personal logo in the center. The box also contained an envelope with a message indicating that only 100 pairs of this special collab were produced (Fieg’s was 12/100). The pair itself was covered in an array of premium materials including suede, pony hair, and ballistic mesh. Standout details include ‘X’ stitching on the seams, a paisley print liner, dubraes reading ‘1992’ in gold (Beckham Jr.’s birth year), and the remixed ‘Nike OBJ’ logo previously used on his SF AF-1 collab donning the tongue tag.

 

Whats look of ‘Mocha’ Air Jordan 3 Retro ?

Originally rumored to return this summer, we now have a first look at one of the most sought-after Air Jordan 3 retros in the “Mocha” colorway.

Seen in images as below , the upcoming release will feature a similar build to the original 2001 pair, with a white-based upper and dark mocha accents on the Jumpman branding, elephant print and outsole. Check out early images of the upcoming pair below.

While no official release date has been confirmed by Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 3 Retro “Mocha” should see a release this December for $190.

Air Jordan 3 Retro “Mocha”
Release Date: December 2018
Color: White/Chrome-Dark Mocha
Style #: 136064-122
Price: $190

Which of adidas Originals Campus 80s was worth to buy ?

 

Adidas originals are one of those shoe brands that are not afraid to bring back one of their most iconic retro kicks and it was about time Adidas did the same with the ‘Campus’ line for India. Adidas previously had a lot of success with their ‘Superstar’  and ‘Stan Smith’ collection, but the king of their retro-line is the low-top Campus.

Which of adidas Originals Campus 80s was worth to buy ?

The adidas Campus 80s features a color color combination throughout which is one of the brighter pairs in the series. Featuring a suede base, leather is used on the overlays. They are then completed with white running through the tree stripes and midsole.

The ‘Campus’ is one of Adidas’ heritage models that was first designed and sold in the 80s. The original purpose of these kicks was supposed to function as an on-court basketball shoe, which is why the suede silhouette is still ubiquitous on these fine pairs. These kicks were one of the most popular pairs of sneakers amongst hip-hop and street style circles. In a day and age of Instagram bloggers and street stylists, this is probably the perfect pair to resonate with the millennial crowd today.

Adidas did not shy away from the detailing either. The suede uppers and the serrated three stripes are the most striking and eye-appealing detail about the sneaker followed by the debossed ‘Campus’ branding. A shoe that is dedicated and designed for the purists and new adopters as well. One can wear these kicks with pretty much any type of outfit or occasion and still look “put-together”.

 

The bottom lining of the shoe can also take a beating due to the rough environments in India. You can expect it to wear out within a few years which is not really a big nuisance if you plan on wearing them in closed environments.

Nike Air Jordan 11 wheat Releasing Soon

 

During Fall we saw Jordan Brand release the Air Jordan Wheat Collection which consisted of the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 6 and the Air Jordan 13. One pair that didn’t make the cut for unknown reasons is the Air Jordan 11 Wheat.

 

Last week brought word of a potential release for the famed Air Jordan 11 “Blackout” sample that sold for over $11,000 when it hit the resale market. Now, the first Jordan 11 news of the new year comes by way of another sample, in the form of this “Wheat” colorway.

As you can see this Air Jordan 11 features suede across the uppers dipped in Wheat. In addition we have a textured patent leather overlay while Metallic Gold is applied to the Jumpman on the collar. Other details includes White across the midsole and a semi translucent Gum outsole.

Donning a nearly identical color scheme to the trio of wheat Jordans that released earlier this year, the Jumpman hones in on the work-boot aesthetic once more. Currently there are no release plans for this sample, so for now you will just have to enjoy the close-up look below and cross your fingers for a release.

The Nike Blazer Mid Rebel XX is Releasing Soon ?

First utilized as part of the “Season Of Her” collection this spring on both an Air Jordan 1 and Air Force 1, Nike’s “Rebel” silhouettes have become known for two main design tweaks: an asymmetrical lacing system and a medial side zipper. Now Nike is calling upon that persona’s inverted styling again for a new take on another classic silhouette: the Blazer Mid. Arriving in a three-pack of colors — a light pink, a drab olive, and black — each shoe features the aforementioned lacing and zipper tweaks, but also adds a little extra unique flair to the model. Some Off-White comparisons can be made to the Nike label that’s been shifted to the side, but there’s also alternating Swoosh color-blocking, and an abstract heel strip of fabric with bold stitching/backwards Nike text hit on the heel collar complete the abstract look.

 

Whats the Surprise of adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Sample Bring to us ?

What could go down as the strangest colorway debut during Kanye West’s time with Adidas, a new colorway of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700

 

 

The upper sees strong neon green throughout as it rests atop an all-black sole unit. This sample’s differences lie in the 700 branding found on its lateral side — while the lateral branding remains in-line with previous models such as the 350 V2, the released iteration of the YEEZY BOOST 700 sees additional overlay panels and minimal branding rather than the industrial-like stamp seen in the imagery provided.

Take a look at the YEEZY BOOST 700 VX sample above and let us know how it compares to previous models and upcoming releases. In related news, you can check out the official store list for this month’s YEEZY BOOST 700 restock.

Kobe Bryant’s Latest Nike Kobe AD 2018 is Releasing

We have seen both Kobe Bryant and DeMar DeRozan wear the latest Nike Kobe AD 2018 . While not confirmed, this pair is rumored to be called the Kobe AD Exodus that will release on August 24th, also known as Mamba Day or Kobe Day.

While we have seen one color option, another upcoming releases features a Lakers theme that comes highlighted in Purple. Looking closer this Kobe AD features a mesh upper along with a speed lacing system. Following we have a set of numbers on the tongue for Kobe’s jersey numbers, birth year and more.

The release date for this colorway of the new Kobe AD has yet to be announced, however there is a ‘Sail’ edition that is scheduled to release on August 24th to celebrate Mamba Day. Once more information is available we will make sure to update. Below you can check out more images for a closer look.

 

Whats Surprise adidas x Dragon Ball Z Collection Bring to Us ?

 

Expectantly, one box has been designed for the ZX 500 RM “Goku” and another for the Yung-1 “Frieza,” each boasting an adidas x Dragon Ball Z logo front and center. Dragon Ball Z‘s orange circle motif then welcomes the adidas Trefoil logo, while each box features an image of the character that inspired the shoe.

All eight shoes from the adidas Dragon Ball Z collection have been revealed; they will begin releasing in August featuring iconic match-ups between protagonists and antagonists of the Dragon Ball franchise. It starts in August with Son Goku and Frieza/Freeza from the “Freeza Saga” represented by the adidas ZX 500 RM and the Yung-1. September will feature Son Gohan and Cell from the “Cell and the Androids Saga” with the new adidas Deerupt and the Prophere. It continues in November with Vegeta and Majin Buu from the “Majin Buu Saga” represented by the Ultra Tech and the Kamanda. As of this report, the collection concludes in December with Shenlong and Super Shenlong (alternately spelled “Shenron”) and the upcoming EQT Mid ADV. We would guess December is based on “The Secret of the Dragon Balls.” The entire selection of footwear highlights adidas’ newer footwear models that are set to debut throughout 2018. The obvious lack of BOOST footwear models might be alarming, but adidas is attempting to bring energy around fresh silhouettes in an effort to broaden consumer interest beyond the predictable NMD route. Additionally, The Yeezy Mafia reveals that each shoe release will come with an action figure of the corresponding character. There are rumors that characters Mr. Popo, Yajirobe, Tenshinhan and Mr. Satan will also be getting their own silhouette, which suggests that the adidas Dragon Ball Z collection may extend beyond the eight shoes seen here. See all eight adidas Dragon Ball Z shoes below and stay tuned for the latest updates regarding this major Fall 2018 collaboration. Update September 1, 2018: adidas Originals took to social media to tease the official announcement of their collaboration with the legendary global anime series Dragon Ball Z. The collaboration will focus on three of the most iconic battles re-imagined in sneaker form. While early leaks called for the release to kick off in August, adidas has confirmed September 2018 as the official kick off. Shoes have not been revealed but check our adidas x Dragon Ball Z page for what’s been leaked so far. And stay tuned for more details around this special release.