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Classics Revisited: Supreme x Nike SB Delta Force 3/4 (2004)

August 24th, 2012 by | 3 comments

detla force supreme collaboration 2004 Classics Revisited: Supreme x Nike SB Delta Force 3/4 (2004)


Finishing off this week’s Classics Revisited focus on big-ticket collaborations is one between Nike Skateboarding and Supreme, dating back to 2004. While that combination of partners and time should equate to an instant classic, this Supreme x Nike SB collaboration is easily the most understated and perhaps under-appreciated of the Supreme x Nike catalog. At the focus is the now defunct Nike SB model known as the the Delta Force 3/4, derived from the mid-80′s basketball shoe; it was produced in three mono-chromatic colorways with some minute details that would go easily overlooked, like the workboot-inspired padded ankle collar, reflective tongue, gum outsoles, and off-colored lace eyelet. Strangely enough, all three releases of the Delta Forces can probably be purchased for under or close to the retail price, which is unheard of considering the spike in value of anything Supreme-tagged. All three are right below for review, so let us know if you have any of the three in your stash or if you can honestly admit that these were never on your radar.

Supreme x Nike SB Delta Force 3/4


Del Sol/Del Sol

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Classics Revisited: Foot Patrol x Nike Air Stab (2005)

August 23rd, 2012 by | 1 comment

footpatrol x nike air stab Classics Revisited: Foot Patrol x Nike Air Stab (2005)


A little history on the shoe before we get on to the collaboration: the Nike Air Stability (or Stab, for short), was the first Air Max shoe to release after the Air Max 1 launched in 1987. Noted for the unique Air window in which the visibility was creatively blocked with two ‘icicles’ coming down from the top of the midsole, the Air Stability of 1988 didn’t see much action after its initial release as Nike was quickly evolving the Air Max line with newer models featured larger Air Max units. In 2005, Nike re-delivered the Air Stab to the masses (a strange tidbit of info – some boxtags labeled the shoe as ‘Stabb’ rather than ‘Stab’), but it didn’t quite as much steam until UK’s Foot Patrol was called on to re-energize the silhouette.

The Foot Patrol x Nike Air Stab was released in December of 2005 as an in-store exclusive to Foot Patrol in the UK; as they’ve done with previous releases, the Foot Patrol staff went the extra mile to reward its customers, offering English tea in Foot Patrol Stab mugs served by a gorgeous main in a scantily clad uniform. The shoe itself was designed in-house by Foot Patrol, opting for a crisp and clean colorway at the core rather than imposing with a funky gimmick as most sneaker collaborations of the 2005-2007 era had. In the end, the Stabs came out wonderfully and Nike put out plenty of Stab releases in the following years and even launched the shoe on Nike iD. It was a ‘Retro’ done right highlighted by a partnership with one of the best in the game, so check below for more of today’s Classics Revisited and stay tuned for one more big-name collab tomorrow!

Foot Patrol x Nike Air Stab
Black/Skylight-Vintage Purple-Light Silver-Maize

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Classics Revisited: ESPO x Nike Air Force II (2004)

August 22nd, 2012 by | No comments

espo nike air force ii low Classics Revisited: ESPO x Nike Air Force II (2004)


Yesterday, we touched on the first ‘Artist Series’ that Nike embarked upon in 2003, but our attention now shifts to the second Artist Series that released on the first Saturday of 2004. The second Artist Series comprised of three designs; the Pharrell x Nike Dunk High (a previous feature on Classics Revisited), the Hally Berry x Nike WMNS Air Rift, and this visually stunning masterpiece – the Nike Air Force 2 Low designed by Steve Powers. Powers was a legend in the Philly and NYC graffiti scene and gained notoriety for his works and his pseudonym ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach); his concepts and endeavors were both artistic and political, with one particular incident leading to an arrest as a result of a protest against NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s decision to shut down a graffiti exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It was this arrest that provoked ESPO to make a decision to forgo ‘illegal’ graffiti and embark on a studio career.

The Nike Air Force 2 Low of the Artist Series was designed with ESPO’s signature art stylings, using his familiar advertisement banner-style graphics on the heel and outsole. The undoubted highlight of the shoe was the use of the clear materials on the shoe; the entire upper shell was built with a clear material, which gave way to the special socks that came accompanied with the release. The ESPO x Nike Air Force 2 Low served as the direct source of the ‘clear sneaker’ craze that followed (sneaker counterfeiters had a field day with this one) and was responsible for the high demand of the Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Invisible Woman’ of 2006. More of the ESPO x Nike Air Force 2 Low as well as some of ESPO’s best works below, so take a look at this amazing footwear classic and let us know what you think.

ESPO x Nike Air Force 2 Low
Clear/Grey Stone-Light Blue

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Classics Revisited: Stussy x Nike Air Huarache (2000)

August 21st, 2012 by | 1 comment

stussy huaraches Classics Revisited: Stussy x Nike Air Huarache (2000)


Ladies and gentlemen – the first official sneaker collaboration of the 2000s. We can’t pass Nike Collaborations Week without giving props to the partnership that sparked the massive flame of the early part of the last decade, so for tonight’s Classics Revisited, let’s zero in on one of the hardest-to-find sneakers Stussy ever worked on – the Nike Air Huarache of 2000. The idea was pretty simple; Fraser Cooke of Nike hit up Michael Koppleman of Stussy to select a favorite running sneaker and create two great colorways, and what resulted was a no-frills product that started a trend of collaborations that only got more and more descript as the years went by. The shoes were released in the London chapter store in very limited quantities, but the Huaraches were obviously just the beginning of an unbreakable friendship, because Nike and Stussy followed up with ten more releases. Yes – ten: Dunks, Court Forces, Blazers – you name it, Stussy’s done it, and they’ve done it like none other. If you have the Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE in your stash, you deserve major props.

Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE
Desert Oak/Reed Light Straw

Dark Olive/White-Varsity Maize-Ivory

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Classics Revisited: Stash x Nike Air Classic BW (2003)

August 20th, 2012 by | 1 comment

stash x nike air classic bw Classics Revisited: Stash x Nike Air Classic BW (2003)


So we’ve covered a ton of major sneaker collaborations within all the categories we’ve touched on for Classics Revisited, but there are still a few heavy-hitting releases that haven’t found a place yet – until now. For this week, Classics Revisited will highlight five awesome sneaker collaborations with some of the most notable figures of that exclusive club, and what better way than to start with perhaps one of the best Air Max releases of all-time – the Stash x Nike Air Classic BW. This 2003 release would mark the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the Brooklyn-based Josh Franklin and Nike, resulting several releases similar to the iconic colorway seen here.

The first-ever Stash x Nike partnership was for Nike’s Artist Series, which gave hand-selected artists the opportunity to display their distinct qualities using classic Nike sneakers; Stash colored up the BW in what would prove to be one of the most iconic colorways in sneakerhead history, embroidering the tongue with his insignia and adding graffiti-styled insoles. The shoes were limited to just 1,000 pairs and were housed in a limited edition slide-out box, accompanied by a special hangtag. Each of the 1,000 released pairs were available only at select Niketown locations worldwide. Expect ‘Artist Series’ to be a common theme this week, so check out the Stash BWs after the jump and let us know if you’ve got these in your ‘stash’!

Stash x Nike Air Classic BW
Sport Royal/Neutral Grey-Harbor Blue

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