Nike Unveils the Penny “Shooting Stars” Pack

May 7th, 2014 by | 47 comments


nike penny shooting stars official images 19 Nike Unveils the Penny Shooting Stars Pack

Not only has Penny Hardaway’s signature line continued long after his exit from the NBA, but his alter ego is even getting a model in the form of the Nike Lil Penny Posite. That sneaker will of course be a part of the upcoming “Shooting Stars Pack”, which will come packaged with the Foamposite pair of the same name. Gathered here are the official images for that Orlando flavored set that will launch on May 17th, along with the original design sketches that led NSW’s Marc Dolce to the creation of the Penny Posite Pro. See that below and then head to Nike INC for an interview with Lil Penny himself!

Nike Penny Shooting Stars Pack
Color:
Multi-Color/Multi-Color
Style Code:
 679766-900
Release Date: 05/17/14
Price: $500

Source: Nike INC

When Lil Penny made his triumphant return as lead storyteller during basketballs biggest weekend in New Orleans, it was only the beginning. Between soaking in the city’s culture, Lil Penny interviewed basketball’s best, mingled with celebs and most importantly worked with big brother Penny Hardaway and NSW Design Director Marc Dolce on the Shooting Stars Pack. Before we provide details on the pack that includes an Air Foamposite One and a Lil Penny Posite, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
The Birth of Foam

In 1997, the Nike Air Foamposite One.forever changed the sneaker landscape. Designed by Eric Avar, the three-year process did not even include a brief, “it was pure experimentation,” says Avar. While many attribute the Foamposite to Penny Hardaway (Air Penny III), University of Arizona freshman Mike Bibby was the one to debut the shoe during the 1997 tournament.

Inspired by a molded sunglass case that was a one-piece seamless design, Avar and team wanted to enhance athlete performance by creating a design that stepped outside the sneaker norm. The runique shoe needed an athlete equally distinctive, someone who transcended the game of basketball. Enter 6’7” point guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. On meeting Penny Hardaway to discuss the Nike Air Penny III, Avar brought along an early Foamposite sample.

“I wasn’t sure I was even going to show that sample to him. We had other ideas we were presenting,” says Avar. “But he leaned over, looked into the bag and said, ‘What is that?’ He reached in, grabbed it and he says, ‘This is my next shoe!”

The Half-Brother

Everyone in Memphis knew he was going to be larger than life. Maybe that’s because all anyone could remember were his constant barbs or the trash that seemed to spew like a faucet from his high-pitched mouth. But Lil Penny didn’t garner national attention until his appearance with older brother Penny Hardaway in his Nike commercials. Said Lil Penny, “On the court, Penny’s game was smooth as jazz, but off-court he needed someone like me to provide a little swagger to the masses.”
The Shooting Stars Pack: Introducing the Lil Penny Posite

Consisting of the Air Foamposite One and the Lil Penny Posite, the Shooting Stars Pack brings a Nike throwback to the forefront, with a new sidekick. Inspired by the half-man behind the man, the Lil Penny Posite reflects LP’s knee-high swagger and off-court attitude.

Inspiration also includes the man himself, Anfernee Hardaway, as well as the city where he spent much of his starry career, Orlando, Fla. Both shoes come packaged in one specially designed box, featuring a tonal gloss all-over print graphic and a bold question splattered across the inner-flap, reading: YOU GUYS REMIND ME OF MY SHOE CLOSET. I GOT TWO PENNIES AND A BUNCH OF LOAFERS

“The goal for the project was to move the Penny collection into a new space. Inspired from the past lineage, but designed for the future. It’s about the blend between lifestyle and sport and creating a silhouette that is sleeker and more refined,”says Marc Dolce.

Aesthetically, the design builds upon blocks of Penny’s past, notably elements of the Air Zoom Rookie and the Nike Air Up, as a symbolic follow up to the Nike Air ½ Cent.

A decoupled Posite upper, with reflective detailing, retains iconic styling while affording more flexibility, a change of pace from Posites of the past. Featuring a full-length Lunar midsole and Zoom cushioning in the heel, the Lil Penny Posite also employs the latest cushioning technologies, from the bottom up. Molded wings on the shoe’s quarter add a modern sensibility while vintage Flight and 1 Cent insignia keep the design true to its lineage. The season may be winding down, but as the saying goes, basketball never stops. Catch Lil Penny at a court near you this summer — and this time, he won’t be rocking big brother’s hand-me-downs.

To coincide with the release of the Shooting Stars Pack featuring a Foamposite and a Lil Penny Posite, we caught up with Lil Penny in this exclusive interview. The pack will be available on nike.com and at select Nike Sportswear retailers on May 17th.

nike penny shooting stars official images 18 Nike Unveils the Penny Shooting Stars Pack





44 comments
obiz9
obiz9

the soles looks like aj xi soles

RickJohnson2
RickJohnson2

500.00? I hope the shooting stars come out separately. Otherwise they can keep these.

Staxx13
Staxx13

I may can swing it but those lil pennys look hella uncomfortable like zoom rookies

TOfiyahh
TOfiyahh

does anyone know if they'll release in canada? someone let me know pls! wanna cop these kicks

Brantt
Brantt

The Lil penny's are by no means an ugly shoe, having said that they are not worth 250 like the foams.. i would get the pack if it was more like 400.

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

What a bad pack.  I can't wait to see these wanna be re-sellers letting go below retail!

NicNevarez
NicNevarez

500 lol i gurss ill be spending 500 


joketokesmoke
joketokesmoke

Yea on the cool them Lil pennys kinda look like LeBron ' s but I like the shooting stars! I see a few ''bloggers" that don't like em.but hey everybody's in tilted to there op that just makes the chances better fa me!!!

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

Can't wait to cop da pack. Seen da lil Penny's in person & they ain't bad

NickBar
NickBar

the foams had to be in the pack....otherwise they would sit on the outlet shelves..

sneaker freak
sneaker freak

The lil penny's look way better then the foams to me only because the cw on the foams is wack like all the other cw's on the foams for the past 2 years

DJswavor
DJswavor

I wonder if Niks is ever gonna release this Foamposite seperately? They can keep the PennyPosite

ImpalaLT1
ImpalaLT1

I'm waiting to see the price tag!

WilliamKucinski
WilliamKucinski

they should call this the ugly pack, two of the worst shoes ever conceived in one pack, SWEET!

NotebookNick
NotebookNick

@mynameisFACE Yeah, I don't see an option for just the Foams, even though I'd like both. $500 is too big a hit for one weekend.

RickJohnson2
RickJohnson2

The sad thing is because of the hype, they're gonna sell out!

ImpalaLT1
ImpalaLT1

Hey dum-dum.... You late to the party! We were having this convo early this morning. They just revised this and put the price there! But thanks for the heads up!

Boknowmagic
Boknowmagic

If u actually read the article then you would see the price tag I don't know how many times I done seen someone asking a question in the comments section and the answer was in the article u guys only look at the pics wtf

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