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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 Penny III “White Sample” (1998)

October 3rd, 2012 by | 1 comment

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Continuing Classics Revisited: Nike Air Penny is one of the more rare specimens of the Air Penny line – the unreleased sample. The Air Penny III had the incredibly tough task of playing follow-up to the ground-breaking Nike Air Foamposite One, but did so in seamless fashion; it features a Foamposite upper with design cues borrowed from the Air Penny II like the oval 1-Cent pendant and the rib-layered midsole, but the design was certainly distinct to hold its own. While the Air Penny III didn’t see a whole bunch of colorways in its original run, Nike did flirt with this white colorway that actually never went beyond the ‘Sample’ stage. Nike never brought it bought in the following ‘Retro’ and ‘House of Hoops’ releases, making this unreleased White Sample one of the most obscure and rare Air Penny productions ever.

Nike Air Penny III Sample

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Penny IV “Orlando” (1998)

October 2nd, 2012 by | 1 comment

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We continue our week of Air Penny classics by pointing to the most obscure of the Air Penny signature line – the Nike Air Penny IV. The relatively ‘overlooked’ nature of the Air Penny IV falls within reason; it arrived after Shaq broke up his exciting yet unfruitful partnership with Penny, who fell into a state of nagging injuries that proved to be invulnerable to recovery. Penny, quite frankly, was no longer the player he once was for a short four-season span, and once he was traded to Phoenix, he was no longer the same. It was understandable for Nike to seal the deal on the Air Penny and move on to bigger things with Gary Payton as well as Vince Carter and Shox Basketball, but the Air Penny line wasn’t completely dead; the Air Max Penny and Air Penny IV did in fact re-issue in the first half of the 2000s, and a much-celebrated return of the Air Foamposite One in 2007 proved to be the perfect resurrection of Penny into the most formidable Nike athlete he once was. Going back to the Penny IV – this original ‘Orlando’ colorway was never re-issued and stands as one of the most coveted of the Air Penny IV OGs, although a Retro release in 2013 could produce these once more. Check out this forgotten Air Penny below and stay tuned for more Classics Revisited: Nike Air Penny!

Nike Air Penny IV
Black/Varsity Royal-White

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Max Penny 1 “Knicks” (2005)

October 1st, 2012 by | 3 comments

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We finished last week with a stretch of ’90s Basketball Classics, so why not keep it in the family? It was a dream for Knicks fans to welcome Penny Hardaway to the revered NYC backcourt, only the timing of his arrival wasn’t exactly optimal. While the era of Penny Hardaway as a Knickerbocker is one most NY fans tend to forget, what should never be forgotten is perhaps one of the best Air Penny sneakers of all-time the Air Max Penny 1 in the ‘Knicks’ colorway. Arriving in stores in May of 2005 alongside a slew of other Air Max Penny 1 colorways, this ‘Knicks’ version was a simple upgrade of the original ‘Orlando Magic’ colorway, adding a Royal Blue inner bootie and Orange trim on the Max Air unit and other surrounding details. Nike Basketball never had a problem using Penny’s team colors with his kicks, and you’ll definitely catch wind of that later this week when we focus on more Air Penny releases for this week of Classics Revisited!

Nike Air Max Penny 1
Black/Sport Royal-White-Orange Blaze

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Bakin’ (1997)

September 28th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Finishing off this week’s focus on some of most unforgettable 1990′s Nike Basketball Classics is perhaps one of the most controversial sneakers of all-time – the Nike Air Bakin’. Falling in one of the best years of Nike Hoops of that decade (1997, which spawned the Air Foamposite One, Zoom Flight Five, and the Air Jordan XII), the Air Bakin’ was a visual standout with the uniquely place waves that adorned the upper and the funky Black/Red/Yellow colorway (there was also a lesser-known Black/Royal version). The shoe was popular among speedy guards – particularly Tim Hardaway, who was known for one of the quickest first-steps in NBA history – but the Bakin’ has a place in sneakerhead history for a whole different reason.

What makes the Nike Air Bakin’ such a sizzling story is the controversy that arose from the fiery logo on the heel; it was the word ‘Air’ designed in a fiery motif, but backlash from the Muslim community for its slight resemblance to ‘Allah’ in Arabic text forced Nike to recall the shoes and re-release with a basic Nike Air logo. Not only was this a high-performer, but also a scintillating story that is still recalled today. More of the Bakin’ after the jump, so take a look and let us know if you think there’s any real controversy behind the Air logo, and stay tuned to next week’s new batch of Classics Revisited!

Nike Air Bakin’

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Maestro 2 (1994)

September 27th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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We’re the Raging Bull V the first tonal-red sneaker made for a Chicago Bulls legend? Think again. Kudos to you if you remember these ’94 Classics, but if not, we’re here to refresh your memory; the Nike Air Maestro 2 was a middle-of-the-pack Nike Basketball model worn by a number of energetic Shooting Guards/Small Forwards of the mid-90′s – notably three-time Champion Scottie Pippen who suddenly had a world of expectations poured on his shoulders. In his first solo act, Scottie earned an All-Star nod in ’94 and arrived wearing one of the most daring colorways ever done by Nike Basketball – this True Red/White-Black colorway of the Nike Air Maestro. The Air Maestro 2 ‘All-Star’ was re-released in 2004 among a slew of other Maestro colorways (which actually sat on shelves at heavily discounted prices) and returned in the new Maestro Flight rebuild in 2012. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited below, so take a look and let us know where this ranks among all the 90′s BBall classics we’ve covered over the week!

Nike Air Maestro 2
True Red/White-Black

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Ballistic Force (1992)

September 26th, 2012 by | No comments

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Much ado was made about the original collection of Nike Footwear worn by members of the Team USA and theĀ  ‘Dream Tea’m, but one model in particular didn’t get as much shine as it truly deserves. As part of the legendary ’92 Dream Team in Barcelona, NBA Center David Robinson played an integral role on Defense, providing unprecedented athleticism at the Center position. During those games, Robinson wore the Nike Air Ballistic Force High – a super-high cut banger that utilized the mid-foot strap a-la the Air Force 180 and opted for snazzy color-blocking similar to a saddle shoe. Not all credit goes to The Admiral; John Stockton also wore the Air Ballistic Force during the ’92 Games as well. The Air Ballistic Force came in two heights – the strapped High (seen above), and a Mid version that featured a shorter ankle and no strap whatsoever. Relive this under-appreciated ’92 Dream Team icon below and stay tuned for more of Classics Revisited this week!

Nike Air Ballistic Force

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Shake NDestrukt (1996)

September 25th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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Nike Basketball recently celebrated ‘weird kids everywhere’ with the unique release of hte Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman’, but that wasn’t the first time Nike recognized the quirky and eccentric. In fact, ‘Weird Wins’ can be recalled to the mid-1990′s when Dennis Rodman, a sturdy power forward with above-average scoring ability transformed himself into a rebounding factory with the strangest hairdo in NBA history. Rodman’s on-court appearance was just an iota of his true spiral into the bizarre, appearing in public in complete drag and adopting the nickname of ‘The Worm’ among other things. In 1996, Nike presented the dominant rebounding and defensive force with his own signature shoe – the Nike Air Shake NDestrukt; the design is without question one of the most distinct in Nike history, adopting the side-lacing system with a magnificent Swoosh shrouding the in-step above a ribbed upper. The Air Shake Ndestrukt actually Retroed in 2001 and was reborn in 2012 again as the Air Max Shake Evolve, which utilized full-length Max Air below a slightly altered upper. Certainly a standout among the sea of 90′s Basketball designs, so check out more of tonight’s Classics Revisited and let us know what you think of this design!

Nike Air Shake NDestrukt

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