Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Nike Air Trainer III + Air Jordan VI Batman Boots

July 19th, 2012 by | 8 comments

nike air trainer iii air jordan vi batman boots 1 Nike Air Trainer III + Air Jordan VI Batman Boots

The success of Christopher Nolan’s modern trilogy has taken Batman’s popularity to new heights and we’ve seen a variety of Dark Knight-inspired colorways over the past several years, and as the world prepares for the worldwide premiere of The Dark Night Rises at midnight, it’s worth looking back to how the superhero saga and the history of sneakers intertwine. The connections between the Beaverton and the Caped Crusader stretch all the way back to the Tim Burton era of Batman films, when a partnership between Nike and Warner Bros. made it possible to combine Batman with the Jumpman. Costume director Bob Ringwood noted that “’80s sportswear isn’t going to fit in with [Batman's] 1940s look,” so Tinker Hatfield did what he does best and ‘laced’ up the Dark Knight with some of the brand’s most impressive footwear releases to that point.

The original Batman x Nike Air Trainer III was born for Burton’s 1989 film, and with the reception from Michael Keaton and his stuntmen being so overwhelmingly positive, Tinker took the sneaker-boot concept to new heights for ’92′s Batman Returns. For that sequel, Michael Jordan’s first championship-winning silhouette was made into an even more aggressive Batman x Air Jordan VI boot, with a shroud-like addition on the forefoot and an attached boot collar that actually played a role in the entire Batman ensemble. It’s particularly interesting to note Nike/Jordan’s immense influence over pop culture (even the early ’90s Batman figures wore AT3s and AJ6s!), and with last year’s release of the Mag 2011, could Jordan Brand take it a step further and release an Air Jordan VI ‘Dark Knight’?. Click through to see both styles, let us know which you’d pick in a fantasy scenario and stick with Sneaker News for more rare Air Jordans.  Photos: NT/DeFY

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Air Jordan IV “Rorschach” Customs By Sekure D

July 19th, 2012 by | 12 comments

air jordan iv sekure d rorschach Air Jordan IV Rorschach Customs By Sekure D

Sekure D continues to slowly unveil his Air Jordan “Watchmen” Customs by showing us the second design of the bunch inspired by Rorschach, arguably the most noticeable of the group. Rorschach is known for his rather unsettling visage – a white mask with black blottings that creates the face of Rorschach. Sekure D uses that pattern to paint the upper of the custom, while using brown (Rorschach’s trench coat) for the mudguard and purple (his slacks) at the forefoot of the midsole. We should certainly expect more Watchmen customs from Sekure D (but if he doesn’t have any plans yet, he should definitely get going), so check out the gallery below and let us know how these compare to his Doctor Manhattan customs!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Trainer 1 SB “Paul Brown” (2003)

July 19th, 2012 by | 1 comment

paul brown air trainer 1 sb Classics Revisited: Nike Air Trainer 1 SB Paul Brown (2003)

NIKE AIR TRAINER 1 WEEK

On Tuesday, Sneaker News featured the Nike Air Trainer 1 SB ‘Gold Digger’ as part of the Nike Air Trainer 1′s residence in Classics Revisited for the week. The HUF-bred design might be the most notable Nike Air Trainer 1 SB of the small bunch, but the original deserves as much attention, does it not? Here’s a look at the 2003 release of the Nike Air Trainer 1 SB in Black/Obsidian-Taupe-Paul Brown; it is indeed the first ever Nike Air Trainer 1 output from the Nike Skateboarding label, but like much of the Nike SB releases of that series, the Air Trainer 1 SB ‘Paul Brown’ did not feature any ‘SB’ designation, with the exception of the silver box. The ‘Paul Brown’ moniker comes straight from the official colorway of the shoe, as a few other footwear releases have also been dubbed with that familiar color scheme. More of the first-ever Nike Air Trainer 1 SB is right ahead, so check out the gallery and let us know if these ring any past memories from your early Nike SB hoarding days!

Nike Air Trainer 1 SB ‘Paul Brown’
Black/Obsidian-Taupe-Paul Brown
306193-042
2003

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Nike Air Flight 89 “Wolf Grey”

July 19th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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August’s upcoming ‘Fireberry’ release might be the boldest colorway ever attempted on the Nike Air Flight ’89, so Nike Sportswear grounded the rest of the collection in the kind of ‘practical’ palettes that could’ve just as easily been released two decades ago. Along with a blackout design and one that has a ‘Chicago home’ look to it, this Wolf Grey nubuck style has a timeless appeal and plenty of wearability. Have a closer look below, let us know how this subdued approach compares to the bolder WBF-ish style we’ll see next month and grab these from select Nike Sportswear dealers like Premier.

Nike Air Flight 89
Wolf Grey/Black-White
306252-006

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Air Jordan IX – Donovan McNabb Turf Trainer PE on eBay

July 19th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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A certain Philadelphia sports star has been tearing up the Sneaker News headlines with his Air Jordan on-field Player Exclusives, but let’s not forget Donovan McNabb, who had his fair share of Jumpman-branded Exclusives during his Eagles hey-day. Of course, these Air Jordan IXs (first shown back in December) aren’t what you’d normally expect, because these have been ‘Turf’-ed out to fit the needs of a football player, with the revamped midsole and Zoom Air cushioning on the heel (Zoom didn’t debut on the Air Jordan until the XII, but remember these Air Jordan IX PEs are dated from 2002). In addition to the unique style of the Turf Trainer, the McNabb PE logo is one to be in awe of, so check out the images below and throw in some hail-mary bids in the full listing from captain_fantastic75 on eBay.

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Nike Air Apprentice PRM

July 19th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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Nike Sportswear has expanded to offer an unprecedented range of chukka-style sneakers in its lifestyle lineup, but lost in the mix have been new ’80s basketball-inspired silos.  Models like the Air RoyalRoyalty and Flytop all made their mark on the early ’10s, and now they’re joined by a new member who’s ready to put in their dues to earn a spot in the regular rotation.  The Nike Air Apprentice reads just like those aforementioned NSW styles, the quality materials in use on this Premium build readily apparent in the photos from Sneakersnstuff in Europe.  They’ll be available in just a few hours there, so let us know what you think and catch these at stateside NSW retailers soon as 21 Mercer already has them in stock.

Nike Air Apprentice PRM NSW
Cobblestone/Cobblestone
542628-001

Black/Black-Total Orange
542628-080

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Nike Air Max 90 “Piranha” Customs By Emilio Zuniga

July 19th, 2012 by | 3 comments

nike air max 90 piranha customs Nike Air Max 90 Piranha Customs By Emilio Zuniga

The Air Max 90 was already one of fiercest Nike designs in history, so adding this ‘Piranha’ profile makes ‘em a true streetwear danger. Sneaker customizer Emilio Zuniga uses last year’s ‘Ocean Fog’ as the base and adds a vicious set of teeth at the forefoot with a googly-eye and and orange mudguard at the rear to complete the look of these underwater terror-mongers, but for those well-versed in the Air Max 90 history, these customs are quite similar to the ‘Warhawk’ that dropped a few years ago. Perhaps the Kobe VII should release a Piranha colorway since the shoe has opened its arm to the wildlife kingdom! More of this Air Max 90 custom below, so take a look and let us know what you think.

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