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CLASSICS REVISITED Our Classics Revisited feature is a retrospective column on some of the best sneaker releases of yesteryear. Click through for photos, release dates, and information on classic sneakers.

Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Christmas” (2005)

December 19th, 2012 by | 1 comment

xmas sneakers Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low Christmas (2005)


Our week-long spotlight on Christmas-inspired sneakers continues on Classics Revisited with a look at this late-2005 release of the Nike Air Force 1 Low. This Premium release featured a unique grid-like textured pattern on the upper, with the Metallic Silver on the forefoot featuring a shimmering finish that gave the shoes a snowy-white look. While a true ‘Christmas’ inspiration wasn’t embraced by Nike until the later years, this Red/Silver Air Force 1 Low was a clear reference to the end-of-the-year holiday. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited below so take a look and let us know if you have these mid-2000 Air Force 1s in your stash!

Nike Air Force 1 Low “Christmas’
Color: Metallic Silver/Varsity Red-White
Style Code: 312945-061
Release Date: 12/2005

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Classics Revisited: Nike LeBron VI “Chalk” (2008)

December 18th, 2012 by | 1 comment

chalk lebrons Classics Revisited: Nike LeBron VI Chalk (2008)


While this classic LeBron release didn’t have a direct ‘Christmas’ colorway, LeBron James broke out the entertaining ‘Chalk’ colorway of the Nike Zoom LeBron VI during the 2008 Christmas Day match-up against the Washington Wizards. ‘Chalk’ was a play off the memorable Nike LeBron ad campaign, which featured LeBron and a sea of Cavaliers fans – including Lil’ Wayne – throwing up the chalk into the air as a precursor to the launch of the LeBron VI. The sixth LeBron model was the end of a design era for the Nike LeBron, as Jason Petrie took the helm for the much more popular LeBron VII, and the ‘Chalk’ is considered to be one of the best of the entire VI catalog. Do you own these underrated LeBrons? Peep the rest of Classics Revisited below and stay tuned for ‘Christmas’ kicks!

Nike Zoom LeBron VI ‘Chalk’
Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy-Varsity Crimson

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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom Kobe VI “Grinch” (2010)

December 17th, 2012 by | 6 comments

grinch kobe sneakers Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom Kobe VI Grinch (2010)


With the Christmas Holiday arriving next Tuesday, Sneaker News is taking a look back at the five most memorable Christmas-inspired sneakers of all-time for this latest week-long segment of Classics Revisited. Starting things off is what may be the best Christmas release ever (and certainly the most popular Nike Kobe release of all-time) – the Nike Zoom Kobe VI ‘Grinch’. This incredibly bright Volt colorway was debuted by Kobe on Christmas Day in 2010 in a highly-anticipated match-up between Kobe Bryant and the new-look Miami Heat. The Grinch effect was a team-wide affair, with the bright green taking form in Player Exclusive form in other Nike models. In addition, the courtside viewers received a special gift bag that included the bright-green Kobes as well.

The nickname of ‘The Grinch’ originated among the sneaker blogs/forums for its resemblance to the infamous Dr. Seuss character who tried to ruin the holiday. However, Nike has officially dubbed these the ‘Green Mamba’ as the colorway is taken directly from the animal of the same name. The green mamba has the same two-toned green scales with the sharp black eyes, while the touch of red was added by Nike to tie in the Christmas theme. Despite the official ‘Green Mamba’ inspiration, these are universally referred to as the Grinch – even by Nike’s in-house designers themselves. Is the Kobe VI ‘Grinch’ the best Christmas-inspired release of all-time, or is that shoe yet to be seen in this week’s Classics Revisited?

Nike Zoom Kobe VI ‘Grinch’
Volt/Black-Green Apple-Crimson

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Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “Sea Crystal” (2004)

December 14th, 2012 by | 1 comment

sea crystal sb dunk Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High Sea Crystal (2004)


Finishing up our spotlight of 2004 SB Dunk Highs is one of the most popular non-collabos to have ever release – the ‘Sea Crystal’. Matched up with an equally enticing ‘Ice Green’ and completed with a black Swoosh, outsole, inner lining, and laces, the Sea Crystals were incredibly popular partially due to its full-suede build (shared by the likes of the ‘Hulk’, ‘Iron’, and ‘Maple’ releases of 2003). Although SB Dunks were never officially ‘Retroed’, the Sea Crystal re-surfaced in tonal Mid-form in 2009. Sea Crystals in your stash? Let us know after checking out the rest of tonight’s Classics Revisited below.

Nike SB Dunk High “Sea Crystal”
Ice Green/Black-Sea Crystal

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Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “Lucky/Unlucky” (2004)

December 13th, 2012 by | 1 comment

unlucky dunks Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High Lucky/Unlucky (2004)


Following up on yesterday’s design by Liam Sean Martin for Nike SB is this duet of Highs – one of the first ‘Packs’ ever explored by Nike. The superstitious concept of ‘Lucky’ and ‘Unlucky’ was front and center, with the lucky number 7 and the ominous 13 stitched on the outer toes of each respective pair. Just 777 pairs of the Gold/Green ‘Lucky’ and 1300 pairs of the ‘Unlucky’ were released at select Nike Skateboarding retailers worldwide and are one of the more hard-to-find SB Dunks ever released. Check out tonight’s Classics Revisited below and let us know which of the two do you have?

Nike SB Dunk High “Lucky”
Wheat/Metallic Gold
777 Pairs

Nike SB Dunk High “Unlucky”
1300 Pairs

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Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “Tweed” (2004)

December 12th, 2012 by | 1 comment

2004 nike sb dunk high tweed Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “Tweed” (2004)


September of 2004 was kind of a rough month to get scheduled if you were a Nike SB Dunk release back in the day, pretty much everything dropping then overshadowed by the massive Nike SB Dunk High ‘UNKLE’. Despite the hardship of its timing, the Nike SB Dunk High ‘Tweed’ (colors courtesty of the prolific Liam Sean Martin) is very much a classic release. The sneaker utilized a mixture of warm tweed panels with a dark brown overlay. Also dropping in the same month was a Nike SB Dunk Low variation, the two separated a bit in their blocking. The Nike SB Dunk High ‘Tweed’ sported baroque brown on the side Swooshes where the Low went for mushroom. Click through to get a look at the Nike SB Dunk High ‘Tweed’ in this edition of Classics Revisited and let us know if you have this 2004 pair in your personal collection in the comments below.

Nike SB Dunk High ‘Tweed’
Baroque Brown/Mushroom/Tweed

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Classics Revisited: HUF x Nike SB Dunk High “Tie-Dye” (2004)

December 11th, 2012 by | No comments

tie dye nike sb dunk Classics Revisited: HUF x Nike SB Dunk High Tie Dye (2004)


Some of the earlier Nike SB Dunk releases highlighted the regional specificity of the collaborator, like 2004′s Dunk High designed by HUF. With its roots in San Francisco, HUF founder Keith Hufnagel selected the signature Black/Orange uniform of the San Francisco Giants and added in an enticing tie-dye print on the upper. San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district is known as a focal point of the “hippie” movement, for which tie-dye has become strongly associated with. This limited edition release was a major hit in the San Francisco area and across the nation, and stands as one of the most coveted High-top releases of 2004 and in Nike SB’s legacy of Dunk releases. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited is just below, so take a look!

HUF x Nike SB Dunk High
White/Neutral Grey-Black

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