Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
23 | NIKE AIR SAFARI 25TH ANNIVERSARY PACK
Is there anything Tinker Hatfield can’t/didn’t do? That hallowed name is of course most connected with the likes of the Nike Air Max and Air Jordan legacies, but carving out those massive lanes in sneaker history apparently just wasn’t enough to keep him busy back in the 80s. Coming to fruition in 1987, one of the all-time greatest years for Nike designs (check the vintage catalog shots if you need the proof), were a few more Tinker helmed classics that pushed the envelope in their own right and have since gone on to individual legendary status.
One such achievement was the Nike Air Safari, the Biz Markie approved sneaker that was of the earliest Nike performance offerings to lean towards the luxury realm in its aspirations. The story goes that Hatfield was out in NYC looking for inspiration when he stumbled across a particularly fancy ostrich skin sofa in a high end furniture store. A clerk present kicked him out of the store while explaining that that sort of high end piece was out of Tinker’s range, sparking a bit of inspiration for the young designer. What if he could somehow pull down that lux feel and make it available to the commoners? What if an everyman sneaker could integrate that snooty air to its own end? Hatfield brought it all to fruition in bold fashion and the game-changing Nike Air Safari was born.
Another of Tinker’s 1987 marvels was the Nike Air Trainer 1, the strapped down performance animal that brought idea of a multi-sport cross-trainer shoe to the masses. The release was included in the same “Air Pack” as the aforementioned Nike Air Safari, Air Max 1, Air Revolution, and Air Sock, this huge range of offerings famously introduced to the world via the classic Wieden+Kennedy curated ‘Revolution’ commercial. Did we mention that sports luminaries like John McEnroe and the master of all trades Bo Jackson wore the sneaker in its early years to cement its place in the public eye? Just another day at the office for the mindblowingly prolific Mr. Hatfield.
Both the Nike Air Safari and the Air Trainer 1 were brought back for a 25th anniversary celebration this year, the Trainer 1 adopting the look of the latter, drenched with its burnt orange and black combo in the ‘Safari Pack’ that hit stores in limited numbers back in June. The Safari appeared in a number of colorways and alternate versions over the course of the year with the Trainer 1 getting a few new looks as well, highlighted by the October return of the original ‘Chlorophyll’ colorway. While Nike put quite a bit more stock into celebrating the 30th birthday of their biggest basketball sneaker of all time, consumers seemed pretty happy that the 25 year milestone shared by these two Tinker masterpieces was not overlooked.
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