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Classics Revisited: Nike “Kashima Antlers” Pack (2006)

July 13th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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NIKE PACK WEEK

Finishing off this week of bundles of Nike footwear here in Classics Revisited tied together by a distinct theme is the trio of Air Max releases from 2006 called the ‘Kashima Antlers’ Pack. This unique set was a tribute to the Kashima Antlers professional football club in Japan – the most successful club in the history of the Japan League Division 1 since its inception in 1993, but the origin of the Antlers club dates back to 1947. The Nike ‘Kashima Antlers’ Pack featured three significant models; the Air Max 95 and the Air Max 97, both of which are widely popular in Japan, and the Air Max 360, which debuted in late January of 2006. Of the three colorways, only the Air Max 360 is designed with the Kashima Antlers kit colors in mind (White, Black, and Red), but all three compositions capture a singular theme that were widely popular when the Kashima Antlers Pack was launched globally in late February.

The Air Max 95 features the pristine Gold and Royal colorway, using the Beige color as an accent on the upper mesh (Beige is on the official Kashima Antlers club crest). The Air Max 360 featured the widely popular laser detailing on the upper with Kashima Antlers FC written in Japanese on the tongue. The most popular and coveted of the entire Pack is the Air Max 97, which boasted the much-beloved elephant print on the upper with a teal-colored Max Air unit. The ’97 also featured Kashima Antlers branding on the tongue as well as on the heel pull-tab. Included in this special edition release was a custom tissue paper that lined the box as well as an envelope containing mini postcards of the world’s most significant football clubs – Man U. and Boca Jr’s to name a couple. Check out a gallery of all three from the ‘Kashima Antlers’ Pack below, and let us know if you’ve got any of these in your Air Max collection!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Dunk “Ugly Duckling” Pack (2001)

July 12th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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NIKE PACK WEEK

In 2001, Nike introduced the new Pro B line of Dunk Lows with slightly fatter laces and new materials on the upper – a clear skateboard-specific line of footwear that preceded the first official line of Nike SB Dunk footwear. In the mid-80′s, thee Dunk, along with the Air Jordan 1, was a rather popular selection as a skate shoe as they both formed a cult hype alongside its original intent of being a sporty basketball shoe. Hence the 2001 Pro B line was somewhat of a throwback to that earlier era, as they featured the aforementioned fatter laces and more durable materials on the upper, and a few versions of the Pro B even came packed with a fatter, padded tongue and more durable ‘grip-tape’ uppers; skateshops across the nation would begin to stock the Pro B Dunks prior to Nike SB becoming an official label, and they’ve have become quite the coveted item among Dunk loyalists and collectors.

This particular set of Dunk Low Pro B releases include a trio of wildly eccentric colorways dubbed the ‘Ugly Duckling’ Pack which include the ‘Plum’, ‘Veneer’, and ‘Ceramic’ colorways. Although these were not an official designated ‘Pack’ of releases, they were grouped together for their eye-catching color-blocking, exclusivity in Japan, and outstanding materials (the suede uppers were purely unmatched and the hit of mesh on the ankle and tongue provided the perfect balance). Hardly ‘Ugly’, but the releases were certainly against the norm of that era – even considering the rebellious history of Dunk colorways. In addition to the three Dunks, another wildly arranged Dunk colorway dubbed the ‘Viotech’ was released in 2002, and is often mistakenly included as one of the Ugly Ducklings. More of this set of Dunks from Classics Revisited below, so take a look and stay tuned for this week’s final Nike Pack feature!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Basketball “Hoop” Pack (2005)

July 11th, 2012 by | 6 comments

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NIKE PACK WEEK

With Nike’s Retro Basketball line being such a major topic this year, it’s time we focus on one of the most concentrated Nike Basketball releases ever – the Nike ‘Hoop’ Pack of late 2005. Some may have overlooked these classics primarily because these were released exclusively overseas, so if you needed a reminder, there’s no better time than now. The Nike ‘Hoop’ Pack features a number of Nike Basketball models new and old ranging from the earliest Nike Blazer, to the new models like the Air Force Operate and Shox MTX. Sprinkled in between are other Classic models like the Air Force 180, Air Max Penny, and Air More Uptempo, but let’s break down this Pack even further.

The Nike ‘Hoop’ Pack was developed with a select group of NBA players in mind, with their teams acting as the maestros of each symphonic piece. The Air More Uptempo, which we attribute to Scottie Pippen, featured a re-mixed Chicago Bulls colorway with a daring Red upper and black patent leather on the big ‘AIR’. Penny Hardaway’s Air Max Penny threw in a contrasting University Blue in the classic Orlando, while four models featured the blazing Phoenix Suns colorway as the centerpiece. Being overseas exclusives (some released in Canada), the Hoop Pack was a tough find – particularly the lesser-known models like Tony Parker’s Air Double Figure (the Zoom Huarache 2k5 takedown model) and the aforementioned Shox MTX (Matrix, for Shawn Marion). Check out the entire Nike Hoop Pack of late 2005 below and stay tuned for more Pack goodness tomorrow in Classics Revisited!

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Classics Revisited: Nike “Fantastic Four” Pack (2006)

July 10th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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NIKE PACK WEEK

Yesterday’s Nike ‘Clerks’ Pack feature in Classics Revisited was a reward of sorts to a cluster of Nike’s most reputable sneaker shops in the West Coast and in London. But other Packs are born in-house and encircle a pre-made concept, like 2006′s ‘Fantastic Four’ Pack. Not surprisingly, the Nike ‘Fantastic Four’ Pack featured four models representing each of the four members of the Marvel Comics superhero team – the Air Max 90 (Mr. Fantastic), Air Force 1 Low (Invisible Woman), Dunk High (The Thing), and Air Max 95 (Human Torch). The opposing force to the ‘Fantastic Four’ Pack was the team’s long-standing rival Dr. Doom, who took form in the Air Foamposite Pro.

The fictional Fantastic Four is recognized primarily for their unique physical abilities that arose as a result of exposure to cosmic rays in outer space. Likewise, the Nike ‘Fantastic Four’ Pack were each distinguishable not only be colorway, but from the materials that were used to build each shoe; the Air Max 90 featured a canvas-like material, the Air Force 1 Low had a transparent upper, the Dunk High used an interesting material that had a rocky texture, and the Air Max 95 utilized patent leather to emanate blazing-hot flames. The Fantastic Four Pack was already released roughly one year after Fantastic Four was produced into a feature film. While none of the ‘Fantastic Four’ releases were featured in our previous Classics features of the respective models, the entire Pack as a whole is certainly one of the more memorable drops in ‘Pack’ history. More of the set below, so take a look and let us know which of the Fantastic Four you have in your collection!

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Classics Revisited: Nike “Clerks” Pack (2005-2006)

July 9th, 2012 by | 7 comments

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NIKE PACK WEEK

Over the last several weeks, Sneaker News has covered a nice variety (albeit a small chunk of the massive library of sneakers) of notable releases from the last decade for Classics Revisited consisting of Air Max collaborations, early-era Foamposites, and even Air Jordan Lows. Each of the aforementioned carry some heavy weight, but special attention must be given to one particular piece of verbage that continues to be used today – the sneaker ‘Pack’. What a ‘Pack’ annotates is either an official or un-official gathering of sneakers that fall under on specific sub-category – the recent ‘Home Run Derby’ Pack of the Nomo and two Griffeys being a prime example. Beginning in 2005, Nike teamed up with a number of notable sneaker retailers for the ‘Clerks’ Pack, which involved a veritable list of reputable shops like UNDFTD, Stussy, Huf, and Size? over the span of one year. Three major cities were targeted for the Clerks Pack, beginning with Los Angeles in 2005, and followed by London and San Francisco in 2006.

The first leg of the Clerks Pack begin in Los Angeles with Stussy (Blazer Mid ’73), Union (Air Force 180), and UNDFTD (Dunk High NL) and released in 2005; of the three, the Air Force 180 is certainly the attention-grabber of the bunch, with the high-rise silhouette given an astounding visual punch with safari print, a gradient white/pink midsole, and the color-blotted spots on the ankle collar and insole. The Clerks Pack continued in London (April 2006) with three Air Max silhouettes (Air Max 90, Air Stab, and Air Classic BW) with the Air Max 90, inspired by the scenic colors of Brighton Beach, being the most coveted of the three, and finally in San Francisco (July 2006) with NORT (Dunk High), Huf (Air Max 90), and True (Air Humara). If anyone has all nine of the original Clerks Pack to call their own, many kudos for owning one of the most memorable ‘Pack’ releases in Nike history!

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