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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Dark Neon Royal – Black (1997)

May 11, 2012 BY / 25

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AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE WEEK

Only a few sneakers in history have caused a whirlwind of discord and mayhem, reaching national media outlets and becoming the focus of scrutiny and criticism in response to the mass ‘must-have’ effect that an item can have on a consumer. In fact, we can count by hand the number of kicks that are likely remembered more for the chaotic aftermath rather than the shoe itself, and you can bet one of those is February’s release of the Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’. How did Foamposite mania reach this point of being one of the most coveted sneakers on the planet, when just a few years ago it was just a regional cult hit and considered too abstract upon its original release fifteen years ago? There are plenty of factors that have contributed to the rising fame of the Foamposite, but let’s take a look back to the original model and the underlying story that started it all – the original Nike Air Foamposite One in Dark Neon Royal/White-Black of 1997.

One of Nike’s rock-solid pillars has always been the strive for Innovation, and with each new breakthrough in design and engineering, Nike would essentially set the new boundaries and present itself a challenge for the next task. The Foamposite, on paper, seemed impossible; the idea was to attach a liquid cast-mold onto a solid rubber sole and be strong enough to withstand the movements of a top-flight athlete. Even so, the shoe wasn’t event built for Penny, but during a meeting between Penny and Foamposite One designer Eric Avar, Penny was mesmerized by the audacious design and insisted that the Foamposite be his next sneaker. However, the Air Foamposite One might’ve been too ahead of its time, bringing the foreign material front-and-center and opting for a unique build that, in simplest terms, can be described as a seamless upper shell wrapped around a dynamic-fit boot – something completely distinct from what Nike had released up until that point.

The Foamposite One was modern marvel of architecture and engineering, but like any iconic piece of work – a Van Gogh painting or a Kafka-penned story – it wasn’t exactly appreciated in its time. There were the Nike fanatics who reveled in the innovative concept, but perhaps the design was too avant-garde or the price of $180 too high (the original mold for the Foam One cost $750,000). The Foamposite One original appeared to be shelved for good as the original mold was consequently destroyed and the the Foam One would not return for another ten years, but in that time, Nike had its focus on other projects like cultivating the Vince Carter signature line around Shox and developing the Alpha Project while featuring Foamposite in other models like the Air Flightposite series, the Air Signature Player, etc.. The Foamposite One was just a fleeting idea, only to be revisited on occasion. A cult hit by definition.

The original Dark Neon Royal colorway has been re-issued several times – once in 2007, again in 2008 as a limited House of Hoops releases, and again in 2011 – but the Blue/Black has become the baseline colorway of anything Air Penny and continues to be the top dog among the growing Foamposite farm and an obvious inclusion for Classics Revisited. It’s opened up another category of ‘collectible sneaker model’, joining the likes of the SB Dunk and the Air Max 1 as prized gems (with the only incendiary side effect being on one’s savings account). Foamposite popularity is at an all-time high (both the model and the material), so while Nike has developed materials that are positively lighter and stronger (and cheaper), Foam is still a keynote feature on a number of new designs like the Air Bakin’ Posite Boot and even the Supreme x Nike SB ’94. It’s time to give the OG its props, so let us know if you were around for the original release and see what Royal Foams – OG or Retro – are available now on eBay.

Nike Air Foamposite One
Dark Neon Royal/White-Black
830017-511
1997
$180

Add’l images: koolkicks on eBay

Filed under: Foamposite Nike Air Penny

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25 comments
mandingo
mandingo

still got mine with OG box. I ran them over with my car, balled in them, and played football in them. still alive with no flaws. These are def OG tripple OG

God's Shoes
God's Shoes

I always loved foams since the beginning and I'm from Wisconsin. But back when did theses originally released cats would hate on you for having these. But it's ironic that everyone like foamposites now, but back then you were hating on them. Wale and other pseudo celebrities are the taste makers for you sneaker puppets. Lol I have an extensive foamposite collection because I was influenced by the original Dark Neon Royal Foamposite One and how it changed the sneaker culture forever.

geminicricket_
geminicricket_

Good memories. One of my favorites of all time, I remember my older bro had a pair when they first came out in 97. He kept them on ice for a week or so then refunded them for air pippens. Smh still have my 07 pair though :)

Ogronnie
Ogronnie

Right sneakers news r wrong again

STEFAN BROOKLYN
STEFAN BROOKLYN

I POSTED THESE 97 THROW BACKS ON WDYWT & LOST TO RETRO SPACE JAMS !! GO FIGURE !

eric1234912
eric1234912

My favorite sneaker of all time right here

***~Big Infinite~***
***~Big Infinite~***

i remember coppin these freshman yr in high school fa basketball... i remember gettin nothn but hate on them cuz da way they looked & how much they were... but i loved them & have loved them fa 15 yrs... now it seems every1 is a foamhead as of 2009. Cuz b4 then no1 was really rockin foams like dat unless u were livin in NYC, Philly, DC, Jersey, Orlando or Boston

qwerty
qwerty

They were $180 when the first came out. get it together.

johnson
johnson

bro, just throw them away mow. Nobody actually collects sneakers these days. and if they do, they richer than you.

Gia
Gia

any man who wears these is worthy of me. hit me up boys <3 follow me @eye_kandii

Trap Hood dollar$
Trap Hood dollar$

nike went out of style years ago. It's all about samoa addidas now bro.YOLO

Big Kuntry
Big Kuntry

you can tell they fake because the sole aint suppossed to be yellow bro. cmon people

RIck ross
RIck ross

my feet couldnt fit in em back then. BOSS status<- Keep it 100 always

Haywood Jabloome
Haywood Jabloome

okay this is like the 5th post about classic foams in the past week. Not that i have a problem with these shoes they are tough, but this is definitely a hype up for a new foam release

Dirty Fish Water
Dirty Fish Water

aint nothing "royal" about these. easy pass then and now.

pippowz
pippowz

STUPID ASS ...ARE you sreious????..never seen a OG '97FOAMS? STFU..and you think SN would post a Fake..??cmon YOU!!!

Tylern117
Tylern117

There not fake They just got yellow from wearing em to much

Sneaker News
Sneaker News

i really have no clue what we are trying to hype. We are just paying homage to a classic silhouette.

johnson
johnson

so..youre not going to be able to afford them anyway so move around bro

Grandiose
Grandiose

I hate em i hate em i hate em.

geminicricket_
geminicricket_

yellow from age more like it, the originals are 15 years old now, so even deadstock most of them will be yellow.

luikang
luikang

what is yall smokin on!? these are the FOAMS that STARTED IT ALL.



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