Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
21 | NIKE AIR MAX HYPERPOSITE
The immense popularity of the Air Foamposite One/Pro has presented an opportunity for Nike to experiment with some “sequels”, but since the original debut in 1997, there hasn’t been anything close to a contender. There have been a few designs over the years that incorporated Foam with the familiar alien-ish grooves and curves, and while there has been some level of excitement around those efforts, they haven’t caught fire quite like the inextinguishable blaze set by the Air Foamposite. The Foamposite might be a shoe that simply can’t be followed up, but it certainly can and will be the source of inspiration for future designs in the Sportswear/Basketball category – and it wasn’t until 2012 that Nike got us excited about the future of Foamposite.
The Nike Hyperposite, in a way, re-introduced Foamposite as it was originally intended – a top-flight performance basketball shoe that provided unique fit and a distinct aesthetic. Foams are pretty much entirely a street/casual sneaker nowadays, so Nike took on the difficult (and long-awaited) task of reinventing Foamposite as a straight hoop sneaker by calling on the assistance of some impressive architectural and performance upgrades. By adding the cushioning of the visually stunning full-length Max Air unit and providing some
breathing room and weight reduction with carefully placed Hyperfuse construction, the intriguing Hyperposite was a completely viable on-court banger while maintaining all the attractive appeal of a street shoe – the latter being accomplished by a slew of enticing colorways that were unveiled over the course of this year.
The Hyperposite debuted at the Olympic warmup World Basketball Festival in a “South Beach” style combination of Dynamic Blue and Fireberry, and later, during the Nike Battle of the Boroughs tournament, we were given a look at two NYC-inspired compositions in the stunning “Statue of Liberty” tribute and the Orange/Royal Blue “NYC” edition worn by the participating teams. Once the NBA season began, the Hyperposite was outfitted in Player Exclusive makeups for a select group of Nike’s premier athletes, and throughout the Holiday season, consumers were presented with a wide array of enticing releases like the ‘Tiger Camo’, the aforementioned ‘Statue of Liberty’, and a special Amare Stoudemire PE. There’s no doubt that Nike’s mission of creating a new Foamposite-based performance shoe was a resounding success with the Hyperposite, but what may be more exciting is that this fruitful undertaking can only open doors to a future with more contemporary Posite-style releases.
i think the paranormans and the what the kobe should have been in the top ten but other than that this is a dog ass list
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avapkicks speaks blasphemy. Questions, Answers, any of the Pump series. I know this is only your opinion but damn.
I also feel some sort of way that the best release of a signature shoe all year wasn't featured by itself. The KD IV! I dislike every other KD except this one, including the KD V. These were incredibly made, had GORGEOUS colorways, and are the only low top basketball shoes I will ever hoop in because the fit and feel is INCREDIBLE. I can't see how the "Aunt Pearls" or "Gold Medals" weren't on this list representing in their own right! Besides ridiculously limited quantities, and thus leading to huge hype; I don't see how these wouldn't have made a top 15 list let alone a top 30. But hey, that's just my opinion.
Honestly my #1 release of the year was the "Paranorman" Foam. I have copped every limited release and general release foam since 97, and these are the only ones I haven't retrieved; and honestly, it's the one time I didn't feel cheated by either the company (Nike) or retailers as to why I didn't get a release of a particular shoe. It seemed to be an honest and fair raffle on twitter, that gave that patron an extremely well deserved prize for sharing a picture that directly linked to the theme of the product. I submitted plenty of "weird" childhood pics, but understanding that I might not be 1 of the 800 "weirdest" children captured in the world helped settle my disappointment. I haven't even mentioned the craft and beauty of the shoe itself. Next to the galaxy and metallic red it would be my 3rd favorite foamposite. The release was genuine, the theme and idea was genuine and the shoe was simply AMAZING! My favorite sneaker was the galaxy (My favorite sneakers have been foams since they released so I'm extremely bias), but the amount of BS i had to go through and amount of money I had to pay to purchase one pair to actually rock was ridiculous, even though I was and always am willing to do all sorts of waiting, and hours of lines to purchase releases. The paranormans were all positives about a sneaker and it's release, in a world where the "sneaker game" has taken a turn for the worse. It was a huge breath of fresh air on a very recently SUPER HYPED model of sneaker that ranks #1 all time in my opinion.
Personally i think the foamposite galaxies was the best shoe of 2012 not a huge fan of the yeezys anyway
Amazing pictures that showed off of the little nuances that made each shoe special. Overall this was a good list but I would not have included the Lebron X. That shoe still hasn't found its must have colorway. I can't wait until they announce the Black Friday and Christmas Jordan retros.
For real here. Not brand new but a lil shiny to sneaker blog, release thing. Is there any place like Hanon shop. On line or in our country? Why they do all those great New Balance colorways?
Stussy shoe is diffrent. But just in case they gotta slap New York on the back. No hater here I'm a fan of Supreme but enough New York. U dont rule the shoe world. Maybe it's Orgon?
i feel the PARANORMANS was a better FOAM than the GALAXY foams. that slime green on the bottom is better than the galaxys. the green slime smoke screen on the side is dope i mean, the galaxy was dope but i feel the PARANORMANS are better
@AljosaCikojevic galaxy foams are just as hyped homie
and too simple minded to grasp anything of good quality. Award for retros goes to Reebok for 2013, as of quality
u prob only buy retro jordans, soooo coooool. be like everybody else, nike is mind fucking u
You crazy, you not a real sneaker head if you think reebok dont make good shoes@avapkicks
@xavier987654321 its a few out there but their stock wont b that vast and the price will b super high
@Tuddy306 You should go back and start over (Kindergarten, first grade, etc.).
@Qubayza ur so right. Slap in the face. These company's think they can re-release crap and cause a craze. They're prob right. I'm sitn in a little row home w/ 18 yrs left til I own it. Has nuthn to do wit bein a knick fan, when I was a young buck I laughed that shoe. Rember bobo's.well they're back in blue and orange
@Qubayza Your entitled to your own opinion, but must not be from NY or if you did you must have lived under a rock back then. When the Ewings dropped EVERYONE under 25 had them back in the 90's. No internet ,no hype machine... just hard core Knickerbocker fans.
@IgotthatFIRE @Qubayza you are correct about that! i had the ewings back in the day and they was the joints to have in NYC! and that buzz came off of seeing people with them, not like how sneaks now a days are constantly pushed by the companies themselves! but to say ewings are trash you are seriously a rookie in this game