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Classics Revisited: Nike Shox Stunner (2002)

October 12th, 2012 by | 5 comments

shox stunner 2002 Classics Revisited: Nike Shox Stunner (2002)


Welcome to the original “What The?” shoe. The Shox Stunner of 2002 was in fact every major basketball technology that Nike had come up with meshed into one outstanding design utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art cushion technology in the spring-boarding Nike Shox. Take a good look and you’ll begin to notice all the qualities of Nike Basketball history rising to the surface; an ankle strap (Air Force 1), a inner-sock design (Air Jordan VII), a zipper (NDestrukt and late 90′s Zoom Flight), the bottom Shox plate from the BB4, and the center outsole from the Zoom Flight Five.

The Shox Stunner might as well be a ‘What The Basketball’ because it encapsulated all that was right and ready about Beaverton Hoops, spun together with daunting attitude and flair that only Nike has achieved. This 2002 release fell smack in the middle of the streetball craze and the Nike Battlegrounds campaign (the shoe actually came with those baller bands). The Stunner was popular among the unequivocally lithe forwards of that era – the Shareefs, the Jermaines. This is what Classics Revisited is all about – giving honor to the sneakers of the past that pave the way for today.

Nike Shox Stunner

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Classics Revisited: Nike Ultraposite (2003)

October 11th, 2012 by | 5 comments

nike ultraposite aaron cooper Classics Revisited: Nike Ultraposite (2003)


Has Foamposite ever been properly used? During the original run of Foamposite and its immediate successors, only the extreme ballers gave the Posite line a chance. It simply was not a shoe for everyone, but that usually is the case for a product designed for the extremes. Consider every Posite Basketball shoe release like the debut of a high-end supercar; not for everyone, but admired by all. Today, Foamposites have reached that level of intended popularity as a Lifestyle footwear selection rather than a performance model, but the recent debut of the Hyperposite aims to change the attitude of Foam from a street-ready stomper to a sleek, lightweight, and game-changing design.

But perhaps the best-performing Foamposite shoe ever is Aaron Cooper and Jeff Johnson’s Nike Ultraposite of 2003; it was designed as somewhat of a descendant of the Flightposite Series, but the Ultraposite certainly stands on its own for a number of reasons – it was the first full-Foamposite shoe that used a full-length carbon fiber plate, but more importantly, it utilized a lighter Foam material. With almost every shoe in the ‘Posite line (with the exception of the Flightposite III) already re-issued, will we see Ultraposite make a return? More of tonight’s Classics Revisited below, so take a look at the gallery of this masterpiece and stay tuned for tomorrow’s final feature of the week.

Nike Ultraposite
Black/Black-Metallic Silver

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Signature Player (2001)

October 10th, 2012 by | 5 comments

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Such a generic name for a sneaker that, if released today, would be a gigantic hit. Over a decade ago, Nike released the Nike Air Signature Player as a team-based model. It was in fact a popular team shoe and was worn by a small handful of NBA players like Paul Pierce, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Juwan Howard, and Kenny Anderson, but the Air Signature Player was sort of an attempt to bring Foam to a broader audience with the lower-in-comparison $130 price-point. Visually, the shoe was a stunner, with great attention to detail shown on the outsole as well as the distinct upper mold. The build consisted of visible Max Air unit at the heel and an encapsulated unit at the forefoot, a full Foamposite upper, and a full-length Dynamic Fit inner sleeve.

Unfortunately, the Air Signature Player is just one of many shoes that might’ve been too ahead of its time. The $130 price-tag was still relatively high for a Nike Basketball shoe, which many consumers considered too steep for an ‘experimental’ material. It was still a top performer, particularly among bigger guards and small forwards (the cushioning was a bit softer than Zoom Air). Several white team-based colorways of the Air Signature Player released, with the most exciting ones being the ‘Royal’ pair and ‘Gold’ pair. If you find a deadstock pair in your sights, cop ‘em quick! More of tonight’s Classics Revisited is just ahead.

Nike Air Signature Player

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Jet Flight (2001)

October 9th, 2012 by | 4 comments

air jet flight Classics Revisited: Nike Air Jet Flight (2001)


We can’t have a week-long tribute to Nike Basketball during the early 2000′s without a reference to one of the true evolutionary pieces of Nike history, now can we? While the low-cut sneaker boom might be credited to Kobe Bryant, it was the Air Zoom Jet Flight of 2001 that should garner all the props. Like the Air Flight Max III of the same year, the Air Jet Flight resembles a running shoe more than it does a basketball shoe. Structurally, the Air Jet Flight was a beauty. Build on a midsole that featured high-volume visible Max Air on the heel and fore-foot Zoom Air with a high-wrap midsole and a TPU-support midfoot strap, the Air Jet Flight was on a separate playing field from anything Nike Basketball had done before. While there wasn’t much ankle support in this low-cut construction, the strong and sturdy heel-counter as well as the strap is what kept the athlete upright in position. Much of the Air Jet Flight Max concept is used in the current wave of highly-praised Zoom Kobe releases, and much like the Kobes, the Air Jet Flight wasn’t exclusively a guard’s shoe; it was worn by Steve Nash, Baron Davis, Dirk Nowitzki, Keith Van Horn, Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams, and Bruce Bowen. The Air Jet Flight is considered, by serious ballers, as one of the best of the decade, so familiarize yourself with this Nike Basketball gem below and stay tuned for more Classics Revisited throughout the week!

Nike Air Jet Flight
Varsity Red/White-Silver

Dark Charcoal/White-Royal-Medium Grey

Black/Metallic Grey

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Classics Revisited: Nike Shox VC (2002)

October 8th, 2012 by | 4 comments

nike shox vc 2002 Classics Revisited: Nike Shox VC (2002)


Debates will be had and arguments will be made, but there is nobody – not even Michael, Dominique, Shawn, or LeBron – that is a better dunker than Vince Carter. The UNC alumni sprung into the NBA highlight reel almost instantly, pulling off inhumane feats of aerial assaults with a rare and cherished combination of finesse and power, throwing down sweet windmills on everyone in his path. VC went from highlight-reel regular to international superstar in a short span of five months, beginning with his Slam Dunk Contest showing in February of 2000 and his leapfrogging over Frederic Weis during the Sydney Olympics later that year. The one major difference between the February and August occasions was what was on Vince’s feet; during the Dunk Contest, VC rocked the AND1 Tai Chi, but by August, he used his airborne abilities to showcase Nike Shox technology and the Nike Shox BB4. It was a match made in heaven; who better than Vince Carter to represent a technology that propelled the athlete off the ground?

Vince Carter’s allegiance to Nike would come at a major, major price; his new contract with the Swoosh rewarded him a cool $30 million, but roughly half of that amount went to Puma to pay off a ‘breach of contract’ fee of sorts. It was a price Vince was willing to pay as the path down Nike would certainly lead to greener pastures, as the Nike Shox VC line would debut not even two years later (Christmas 2001, to be exact). Nike introduced the Shox VC with the ‘Dr. Funk’ campaign – a fictional story dating back to 1975 where a ‘new school cat’ with a strange pair of vinyl and zippered shoes would dominate the old school ballers with ease. The Shox line would go one for five more signature models, and although Vince no longer has a signature shoe to call his own, he still rocks Nike Shox footwear on the court (but you can catch him in the Hyperposite this season). More of this classic era of Nike Basketball below, and you can bet we’ll revisit another Shox model during this week’s Classics Revisited!

Nike Shox VC
Metallic Silver/Black-Varsity Royal

Black/Varsity Red-Metallic-Silver

Varsity Red/Black-Metallic Silver

Midnight Navy/Metallic Gold

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