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A Chat With Nike Training Design Director Nathan Van Hook

July 15th, 2014 by | 8 comments

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Earlier this year, Nike announced that Nathan Van Hook had made the switch from the burgeoning Sportswear category to the historic Nike Training, taking the decades-old lineage head on as the Design Director. Nate’s artful vision manifested instantly with some flashy models like the Free Trainer 5.0, simultaneously proving that no-frills gym shoes could be apt for the off-the-court hours. The all-new Lunar TR1, which released last week,  is also Nate’s doing, and during last week’s media event at the Nike WHQ, we caught up with “the guy who designed the Yeezy 2s” to talk about his new role within the brand.

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The 10 Best Nike Designers Right Now by Sole Collector

May 21st, 2014 by | 1 comment

sole collector 10 best nike footwear designres The 10 Best Nike Designers Right Now by Sole Collector

The folks at Sole Collector just compiled a list of names they believe to be the ten best sneaker designers at Nike, and while the mentioned individuals are the usual suspects, its their unique order that’s the takeaway here. You’ll see the elder statesmen of the brand like Tinker and Eric Avar, but the top-five is actually top-heavy with fellas like Jason Petrie, Mark Miner, and their #1 pick, Nathan Van Hook. Do you agree with their selections? Peep the entire feature at Sole Collector and let us know who you think is the current #1 designer at Nike right now.

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Nike’s Nathan VanHook, Designer of Air Yeezy 2, Named Athletic Training Footwear Design Director

March 14th, 2014 by | 3 comments

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For a number of years, Nathan Van Hook has forged quite a reputation at Nike as a true innovator in the lifestyle category of footwear. As Senior Designer for Nike Sportswear, Van Hook has penned a number of greats, with the Air Yeezy 2 undoubtedly capturing that magnum opus title. As the new Athletic Training Footwear Design Director, Nathan should most certainly add an extra layer of style to training sneakers,  and with the newly launched Flyknit Hyperfeel Trainer, you can already see that his influence has the potential to lift the aesthetic flair of the genre. Stay tuned for the latest on this internal repositioning because the Training category is one to keep an eye on.

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The Hue Interviews Air Yeezy 2 Designer Nathan Van Hook

June 21st, 2012 by | 17 comments

nathan van hook air yeezy 2 The Hue Interviews Air Yeezy 2 Designer Nathan Van Hook

Tinker Hatfield. Eric Avar. Nathan Van Hook? The first two names have been Nike legends for decades, but NVH has only been with Nike since 2008 – but his track record thus far puts him on pace to forging a legacy as strong as Tinker and Eric. Sneaker News had a chance to sit down with NSW’s Senior Footwear Designer Nathan Van Hook a couple of years back to discuss his design of the Aina Chukka, but more recently, The Hue of Canada got to chat about one of the most polemic yet praised designs in Nike history – the Air Yeezy 2. Among other details, Nathan notes how Kanye West himself oversaw all the details and construction of the design. This is truly a can’t-miss piece if you’re a true nut over NSW and the label’s most valuable assets, so head on over to The Hue for the entire feature and let us know what you think!

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