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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Dark Neon Royal – Black (1997)

May 11th, 2012 by | 25 comments

nike air foamposite one royal 1997 Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One   Dark Neon Royal   Black (1997)

AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE WEEK

Only a few sneakers in history have caused a whirlwind of discord and mayhem, reaching national media outlets and becoming the focus of scrutiny and criticism in response to the mass ‘must-have’ effect that an item can have on a consumer. In fact, we can count by hand the number of kicks that are likely remembered more for the chaotic aftermath rather than the shoe itself, and you can bet one of those is February’s release of the Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’. How did Foamposite mania reach this point of being one of the most coveted sneakers on the planet, when just a few years ago it was just a regional cult hit and considered too abstract upon its original release fifteen years ago? There are plenty of factors that have contributed to the rising fame of the Foamposite, but let’s take a look back to the original model and the underlying story that started it all – the original Nike Air Foamposite One in Dark Neon Royal/White-Black of 1997.

One of Nike’s rock-solid pillars has always been the strive for Innovation, and with each new breakthrough in design and engineering, Nike would essentially set the new boundaries and present itself a challenge for the next task. The Foamposite, on paper, seemed impossible; the idea was to attach a liquid cast-mold onto a solid rubber sole and be strong enough to withstand the movements of a top-flight athlete. Even so, the shoe wasn’t event built for Penny, but during a meeting between Penny and Foamposite One designer Eric Avar, Penny was mesmerized by the audacious design and insisted that the Foamposite be his next sneaker. However, the Air Foamposite One might’ve been too ahead of its time, bringing the foreign material front-and-center and opting for a unique build that, in simplest terms, can be described as a seamless upper shell wrapped around a dynamic-fit boot – something completely distinct from what Nike had released up until that point.

The Foamposite One was modern marvel of architecture and engineering, but like any iconic piece of work – a Van Gogh painting or a Kafka-penned story – it wasn’t exactly appreciated in its time. There were the Nike fanatics who reveled in the innovative concept, but perhaps the design was too avant-garde or the price of $180 too high (the original mold for the Foam One cost $750,000). The Foamposite One original appeared to be shelved for good as the original mold was consequently destroyed and the the Foam One would not return for another ten years, but in that time, Nike had its focus on other projects like cultivating the Vince Carter signature line around Shox and developing the Alpha Project while featuring Foamposite in other models like the Air Flightposite series, the Air Signature Player, etc.. The Foamposite One was just a fleeting idea, only to be revisited on occasion. A cult hit by definition.

The original Dark Neon Royal colorway has been re-issued several times – once in 2007, again in 2008 as a limited House of Hoops releases, and again in 2011 – but the Blue/Black has become the baseline colorway of anything Air Penny and continues to be the top dog among the growing Foamposite farm and an obvious inclusion for Classics Revisited. It’s opened up another category of ‘collectible sneaker model’, joining the likes of the SB Dunk and the Air Max 1 as prized gems (with the only incendiary side effect being on one’s savings account). Foamposite popularity is at an all-time high (both the model and the material), so while Nike has developed materials that are positively lighter and stronger (and cheaper), Foam is still a keynote feature on a number of new designs like the Air Bakin’ Posite Boot and even the Supreme x Nike SB ’94. It’s time to give the OG its props, so let us know if you were around for the original release and see what Royal Foams – OG or Retro – are available now on eBay.

Nike Air Foamposite One
Dark Neon Royal/White-Black
830017-511
1997
$180

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Black – Dark Army (2008)

May 10th, 2012 by | 12 comments

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So, we covered the 2007 releases of new Foamposite One colorways for Classics Revisited already. 2008 would prove to be a bit of a slow-down year, as this House-of-Hoops Exclusive release of the Black/Dark Army Foamposite One, otherwise called the ‘Dark Army Foams’, would prove to be the only new Foamposite One colorway (the Royal Foams dropped again in 2008 as a HoH-exclusive). The Dark Army Foamposite released on August, 28th, 2008, at House of Hoops in Harlem, NYC, and featured a solid black upper with a white Swoosh at the forefoot, paired with a Dark Army green gum rubber outsole. These were an extremely limited release (82 pairs total) and fetch a bundle on the resale market.

Nike Air Foamposite One
Black/Dark Army-White
314996-031
08/28/08
$200

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Black – Bright Cactus (2007)

May 9th, 2012 by | 17 comments

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AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE WEEK

Continuing our week-long featurette on Foamposite Ones of the past for Classics Revisited is a look at the third and final new colorway of 2007 – the Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Bright Cactus’, aka the Cactus Foams. The Cactus Foams capped off a strong come-back year for the Foamposite One, which began with the ‘Royal’ in January and followed by the Blackout (August) and Varsity Red (October). The Air Foamposite One ‘Bright Cactus’ provided the energetic twist to the stoic Blackout and clean-and-simple Varsity Red, and opened the doors to brightly-colored Foamposites of the future like the ‘Neo Lime‘ (2011) and ‘Electrolime‘ (2012). The Cactus Foams are a highly coveted item and deadstock pairs are few and far in-between, but check out what’s available now on eBay.

Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Bright Cactus’
Black/Black-Bright Cactus
314996-003
12/2007
$200

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Black – Varsity Red (2007)

May 8th, 2012 by | 22 comments

foamposite black varsity red 2007 Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One   Black   Varsity Red (2007)

AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE WEEK

Following up on yesterday’s spotlight on the Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Blackout’ in our resurrected Classics Revisited section, let’s take a look at the second new Foamposite colorway of 2007 – the October Quickstrike release of the Black/Varsity Red. Much like the ‘Blackout’, this all-new Foamposite thought featured a solid black Foamposite upper, but changed things up with a solid Varsity Red outsole as well on the accompanying detail on the tongue and heel. Three years later in 2010, Nike Sportswear returned with a similar Black/Red colorway (known as the ‘Cough Drop’), providing a bit of distinction with a slightly darker, translucent outsole. If you’re still on the hunt for the original Nike Air Foamposite One Black/Varsity Red of 2007, there are some available pairs right now on eBay.

Nike Air Foamposite One
Black/Black-Varsity Red
304996-002
10/2007
$200

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One – Black – Anthracite (2007)

May 7th, 2012 by | 28 comments

nike air foamposite one black anthracite 2007 Classics Revisited: Nike Air Foamposite One   Black   Anthracite (2007)

AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE WEEK

Remember our Classics Revisited features, when we detailed some of the most memorable and criminally overlooked sneaker releases in history? We’ve covered a wide range of legendary sneakers that have been lost in obscurity or long overdue for a release, and a few have even since come back to market. We’re revisiting our Classics segment once again, but rather than pointing out one particular pair, we’ll be doing a series of week-long tributes to some of the more memorable colorways of a specific model, and what better way to kick it off than with an iconic silhouette that has in recent years risen from cult classic to contemporary marketplace juggernaut – the Nike Air Foamposite One.

For a decade, the Foamposite-crazed community only had the ‘Pro’ to live off of, as the Foamposite One was never released in another colorway since the sneaker first released in 1997. In 2007, ten calendar years after the debut, Nike released a slew of Nike Air Foamposite One colorways, kicking things off with the OG ‘Royal’ in January of that year.  Later on, Nike came through with three other colorways, starting with the Black/Anthracite ‘Blackout’ in August of 2007. Truly the antithesis of the high-energy ‘Galaxy’ of 2012, the ‘Blackout’ featured a tonal black upper with a solid rubber outsole, similar to the all-black Foamposite Pro of 2000. As the first true ‘Retro’ colorway, the Air Foamposite One ‘Blackout’ demands a high price in the resale market, but a similar release confirmed for December 2012 should meet the rising demand. Stay tuned for a look at some more memorable Foam Ones throughout the week, and if you’re in need of a pair, check out what’s on eBay.

Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Blackout’
Black/Black-Anthracite
314996-001
08/2007
$200

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