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Ewing Focus – 1992 OG vs. 2013 Retro Comparison

June 4th, 2013 by | 8 comments

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The Ewing Athletics line is one dominated by the blue and orange of the New York Knicks, a notion that should come as a surprise to no one given that Pat himself was definitely one of the greatest to ever call the Garden his home. With that being said, the company was never afraid to stray from the equation, knowing full well that they needed to get the sneakers on the feet of folks who weren’t necessarily rooting for the Knicks. As a result, you had a pretty wide array of colors hitting on the Ewing Athletics releases both then and now, as proven by old catalog scans and whatever other images of the originals have been floating around over the last two decades.

The forthcoming black and red Ewing Focus reissue is one that will remain reasonably true to its original. Yes, it is an original colorway – as the Ewing Athletics group recognized back then that such a colorup would likely be a good look in an NBA era of Bulls dominance (Keep in mind that Pat sported the home and away “Knicks” versions during the 1992-93 season). Shown here is the 2013 Ewing Focus retro in black/red alongside the counterpart OG version, with the only substantial difference between the two being the logo coloring on the tongue. Continue reading to see the comparison images, as well as an old-school catalog look, and watch for this particular Ewing Focus colorway in stores come June 29th.

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Nike Vandal High Supreme VNTG

June 4th, 2013 by | 2 comments

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With only the ‘Area 72′ edition attracting serious attention since early 2012, the Nike Vandal High Supreme VNTG revealed in late May was a bit of a surprise. Turns out it’s part of a pack that includes another blue pair among its five total releases. This Google-fied pack gives us a literal handful of Vintage nylon colorways adding white accents along with grey striping on the Vandal’s signature nylon ankle strap. Click through to see the whole set, let us know which you like best and stick with Sneaker News for US release info.

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Nike WMNS Air Vortex VNTG – Purple – Pink

May 31st, 2013 by | No comments

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The Nike Air Vortex reminds us that Beaverton dabbled in gradient colorways long before Hyperfuse and Engineered Mesh blew the doors open in terms of graphical output.  Here’s a new WMNS Air Vortex VNTG that skips the traditional NSW Vintage pre-yellowed midsole in favor of a fade technique on the nylon underlay.  The berry-flavored feminine colorway furthers its classic appeal with a dark gum outsole, and you can see them from a variety of angles before grabbing at stores like Extra Butter.

Nike WMNS Air Vortex VNTG
Hyper Blue/Sail-Pink Force-Pink Force

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Nike Air Raid LE + Air Raid II – OG Pairs on eBay

May 30th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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The Nike Air Raid is like an old classic song that will forever be remembered as one of the greats despite not getting much airtime on the radio waves. Among the pioneers and historians of the brand, the Air Raid is quite possibly one of the most significant sneakers in Nike Basketball history. This Tinker Hatfield design debuted in 1992 when the flourishing designer was tasked with creating an “outdoor shoe”, which resulted in some extensive analysis of the gritty games that went down on an hourly bases at outdoor black-top courts of New York City. The strengthened heel and flat sole were design aspects with the focus on the black pavement, while the crossing straps were added to mimic protection ankle tape. The shoes also feature some blunt instructions as well, with Nike imploring its athletes that the shoes were for “Outdoor Use Only”. The Air Raid II followed in 1993, utilizing a similar design and some eccentric graphic prints.

Behind the release of the shoe was indeed one of Nike’s more memorable ad campaigns ever. With Spike Lee behind the camera, we could already expect some sort of external message, and the “Live Together, Play Together” slogan was indeed at the center of this colorful concept which aimed to unify basketball players of different, uh…skills. Spike used these ads to display the “skeeels” of Nike athlete Tim Hardaway, while promote VHS rentals of Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever (we have the videos below if you’re a bit confused). We’ve got a rare look at both the Nike Air Raid LE from 1992 and Air Raid II from 1993 here, so take a look at the gallery and keep an eye on the listing from shoezeum on eBay.

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Air Jordan VII – Unreleased Tan/Purple Sample

May 30th, 2013 by | 11 comments

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There’s another Air Jordan VII colorway to add to the massive amounts of unreleased Jordans floating around out there. That would be the one pictured above, a tan/purple combination that almost gives off an early ACG vibe. The lighting seems to be obscuring the colors just a bit here, as the user who threw up the photo calls them “PB&J”, suggesting that there’s a very tan tone being paired with the purple up above. The sample is one of those “friend of a friend” type things, with the original owner apparently being a long time Nike employee who currently serves as the VP for Nike Football in Amsterdam. Continue reading to see the unreleased Air Jordan VII, which may or may not be an OG, and let us know if in the comments if you’ve ever heard or seen of this sneaker.

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Air Jordan 1 – White – Carolina Blue | Original Pair on eBay

May 28th, 2013 by | 2 comments

air jordan 1 white carolina blue original pair on ebay Air Jordan 1   White   Carolina Blue | Original Pair on eBay

Yes Jordan Brand has been far from shy about bringing back original Air Jordan 1 colorways this year, but let’s keep in mind that they’ve far from used up all there is to draw from. The Air Jordan 1 was a pretty prolific model after all, landing in a ton of colorways upon its initial release. The white/carolina blue Jordans shown here were one of those pairs-meant as an obvious nod to Mike’s UNC days. Continue reading to get all the images and then take a look at this original Air Jordan 1 that’s up for grabs from clw7333 on eBay.

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Nike WMNS Blazer Mid VNTG – Total Crimson – Storm Pink

May 28th, 2013 by | 1 comment

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Nike Sportswear’s Vintage Blazer line continues to expand this summer. We’ve seen the ’77 edition go down a zig-zag path, and for the popular Nike Blazer Mid Suede VNTG, this ladies’ release marks the first time we’re seeing its vulcanized sole in a color other than pre-yellowed Sail. A few earlier drops had offered the gum bottom that these share, but coloring the foxing adds a new dimension, especially in this pink/red/orange tonal affair. Stick with Sneaker News for release info and to see if other colorways use the same template and check out more shots of these in the meantime.

Nike WMNS Blazer Mid Suede VNTG
Total Crimson/Sail-Storm Pink-Gum Medium Brown

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