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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 SB Dunk High “Be True” (2005)

November 1st, 2012 by | 3 comments

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Oddly enough, Dunks and skating go hand in hand (or foot on deck). As Stefan Janoski told us in our interview with him last month, Dunks and Air Jordan 1s were the go-to sneaker for skaters who weren’t sponsored by a brand or a shop, which is why Nike used the Dunk as a test-subject of sorts with the Pro B releases of the late 90′s. In Holiday of 2005, Nike Skateboarding paid homage to the 20th Anniversary of Nike Dunk by releasing the original seven installments of the Be True To Your School Series, which included Kentucky, Villanova, Michigan, UNLV, St. John’s, Iowa, and Syracuse (which Supreme sorta did with their 2003 collaboration). Instead of the original leather, these SB version were built with suede and came accompanied with special-edition hangtags. These were released sporadically in October, November, and December, and to this is considered by many of the older sneakerheads to be one of the greatest High-top SB Dunks ever released. A look at all seven is just below, so check out Classics Revisited and let us know which of the seven you own!

Nike SB Dunk High “Be True To Your School”
Holiday 2005

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Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “Melvins” (2005)

October 31st, 2012 by | 1 comment

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The folks at Nike SB in charge of all the collaborations must’ve had a distinct taste in music; with names like J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Slayer, and  The Melvins in the mix, it’s clear what sort of tunes these guys rocked out to. In the Fall of 2005, Nike SB released a limited edition collaboration with 80′s band The Melvins in two different colorways – both featuring a mix of designs and graphics from the band’s previous album artwork. The macabre details like the skull-and-crossbones on the black and the chinese character for ‘blood’ on the white is a sure representation the band’s subject matter, which often used sludgy, slow-rock sounds that eventually inspired other Seattle-based rock bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. A look at tonight’s Classics Revisited is just below, so give it a look and tell us which of the two you like better.

Nike SB Dunk High
White Melvin/Blood Melvin-Black

Black Melvin/Dark Charcoal-Black

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Classics Revisited: Nike SB Dunk High “T-19″ (2005)

October 30th, 2012 by | No comments

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Two of Nike Skateboarding’s Japanese riders were selected to color up two colorways of the Nike SB Dunk High – here’s a look back at the “T-19″ designed by Iwasaki Shingo; T-19 is a street skate team from Japan for which Shingo was the founder of, and today the team continues to put out skate decks while dabbling in collaborations from time to time. The Nike SB Dunk High ‘T-19′ is considered to be one of the cleanest Dunks ever, using a tonal Sport Royal upper with a perforated center panel and white-mesh tongue. An unoffical “Low” was released two years ago, pairing a royal blue upper with the same perforated mid-panel with a light Shy Pink color, but those were never popular as they came during the much-maligned second ‘thin tongue’ era of Nike SB Dunks. More of tonight’s Classic Revisited of the T-19 Dunks is just below.

Nike SB Dunk High
Sport Royal/Sport Royal

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Classics Revisited: De La Soul x Nike SB Dunk High (2005)

October 29th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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A couple of weeks back we look at some of the best SB Dunk Lows from 2005, but that year was great for the Highs as well! We’ll kick things off with one of the wildest colorways ever – the “De La Soul”. Both the High and Low were inspired by the original artwork from the hip-hop group’s first “3 Feet High & Rising” album in 1989; the heel panel features the artwork with a vinyl-like material layered above the print. Finishing off the colorway was a unique mix of brown, orange, and green, with elephant print on the toe-box bringing back some of that ‘Supreme x SB Dunk’ flavor. These Highs are considered to be one of the best SB Dunk Highs of all-time and certainly deserve the lead role of this week’s Classics Revisited feature on ’05 releases.

Nike SB Dunk High
Baroque Brown/Altitude Green

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Oscillate (1996)

October 26th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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Is the Nike Air Oscillate the ultimate ‘PE’ shoe? How’s this for “exclusive”: Pete Sampras wore a size 10.25. Not a 10, not a 10.5, but a 10.25. It’s understandable that Nike would go as far creating the perfect for Sampras, but the size is just the tip of this iceberg; Tinker Hatfield designed the Oscillate for Sampras without Sampras ever wearing the shoe. Instead, he got the feedback he needed from tennis athletes who wear-tested the shoe, and Sampras, who wasn’t open to switching what he had worn for years, was “tricked” into wearing the sneakers when Tinker proposed a pick-up game of basketball. Little did Sampras know that these “basketball” shoes were actually tennis shoes made just for him, and he liked them so much that he made the switch at the 1996 Australian Open, winning it all in the process. He went on to wear the Oscillate for seven more years, and tennis buffs often recall the AO as one of the best tennis shoes ever.

In addition to the 1996 original release, Nike made a special ‘Jordan’ edition of the shoe as a 1-of-1 gift to Pete for his 26th birthday; he wore the Jordan Oscillate PE at the ’97 US Open and throughout the entire season that year. Another notable special edition is the limited Air Oscillate Lux which served as a tribute to 14 Grand Slam titles. The Nike Air Oscillate II debuted in 1999, but Pete wore ‘em only at the start of the ’99 season and quickly switched back the original Air Oscillate (did we mention, Pete doesn’t like change). In 2001, a slightly re-tooled version of the Air Oscillate Version III was mad, which Sampras wore to that year’s US Open. Such a plain looking shoe with such a rich and convoluted history – that’s Classics Revisited for ya!

Nike Air Oscillate

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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom Courtposite (2002)

October 25th, 2012 by | 13 comments

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The right technology – the wrong sport. Nike’s revolutionary Posite technology dipped its toes in the sport of tennis by releasing the Nike Zoom Courtposite in 2002 under the Agassi label. The low-cut model featured a one-piece Posite upper with a distinctively engineered outsole, emphasizing stress points on the outriggers and heel for decoupling, and the pronounced caps on the toe and heel kept the athlete’s foot in place. However, like all Posite-based footwear models, it took a few wears for the Posite to settle in, and combined with the general subpar level of breathability, the Zoom Courtposite wasn’t a very popular model among tennis players (Agassi himself chose not to wear them). It was an interesting foray into the world of tennis, but Posite proved to be unfitting for the style of tennis and the Courtposite eventually became a bargain-hunter find. Certainly one of the lesser known endeavors by the Nike Alpha Project, so refresh your memory of the Zoom Courtposite below in tonight’s Classics Revisited segment.

Nike Zoom Courtposite

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Challenge Huarache (1992)

October 24th, 2012 by | 11 comments

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We started Classics Revisited: Nike Tennis week with a look at two signature models made for Nike’s most iconic brand reps of the 80′s and 90′s. Today, our focus is a bit more on Nike technology and innovation as we examine a pivotal landmark in the Nike Tennis/Training lineage – namely the creation of the Nike Air Challenge Huarache. Huarache itself was a delicate endeavor as it introduced several concepts into a singular design, like the partial removal of the upper and the use of an inner bootie; the Running and Basketball models were successful simply because of fit and comfort, and so Nike brought over the signature Huarache style to Agassi’s line of Nike Tennis by creating the Air Challenge Huarache.

The overall design, in retrospect, might be one of the greatest ‘hybrid’ designs ever. Tennis shoes alone are like a mix of Running, Basketball, and Training all into one, so the sneaker had to look the part of all three; it adds the comfort and fit of a running shoe, the mid-cut stance of a Trainer, and a sleek and sporty presence of a basketball shoe (it truly resembles the Air Jordan VII). Throw in the wild graphics on the heel and the speckled granite detailing at the midfoot groove and you’ve got a sneaker that, quite honestly, was a mid-foot strap short of being one of the greatest Trainers of all time.

Nike Air Challenge Huarache

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