Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
7 | NIKE BASKETBALL 2012 ALL-STAR PACK
Every February, the world’s greatest basketball talents convene at a pre-selected venue to participate in one of the most anticipated professional sporting events of the year – the NBA All-Star Game. Orlando, Florida was the location for 2012’s affair, and with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant being lock selections as starters for their respective conferences, Nike Basketball created a special capsule of All-Star Game footwear for their pinnacle athletes to showcase during the game. With the Kennedy Space Center being located just outside of Orlando, the Nike Color, Graphics, and Materials Team didn’t need to look far to find a juicy source of inspiration for the collection as the theme of “space exploration” seemed to be a perfect fit to elevate the LeBron 9, Zoom Kobe VII, and Zoom KD IV to the esteemed level of the All-Star stage and beyond.
For this year’s All-Star Pack, Nike specifically pointed at three primary details – the phenomenon known as the supernova, the distinct materials on flight suits, and the honorary flight mission patches that are awarded to astronauts for their accomplishments. Using this carefully selected core of details for the entire pack, Nike chose some jaw-dropping color ways for each model; the LeBron 9 boasted a singing vibrant orange tonal upper, the Kobe VII placed the now
famed Galaxy print front and center on the textured upper, and the KD IV utilized a magnificent metallic silver upper with a reflective mid-foot strap and speckled midsole. The entire set was then anchored by the stunning glow-in-the-dark outsole – a design feature that has become one of the trendiest sneaker details of the year.
In addition to the trio of Nike’s signature basketball models, the All-Star Pack was complemented by the game-changing Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’, a trio of Dunk Highs, and a special version of the Air Flight One – all created with the space exploration concept in mind. The entire set released in late February and attracted massive crowds of eager sneakerheads. The overwhelming response forced a number of retailers to postpone the release and may have helped to contribute to the creation of Nike’s Twitter RSVP system, causing a major change in the big picture of sneaker releases for the foreseeable future. In the end, this jaw-dropping trio proved to be the best and most ambitious set of All-Star Game releases ever executed by Nike, creating intense energy around each individual model and setting lofty precedents for future Nike All-Star releases and special editions in the process.
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