July 11th, 2012 by John Kim
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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July 28th, 2011 by John Kim
Amare Stoudemire recently re-upped his endorsement contract with Nike, which we hope will lead to more PE colorways of Nike basketball shoes like these. Earlier this month, Sneaker News showed you the Nike Air Force Operate All-Star Game PE that Amare wore during the 2005 NBA All-Star Game; it featured elephant print on the upper with a funky red/blue motif to match the All-Star Game theme colorway of that year. These elephant print PEs might be a bit more likable because it has the classic cement grey/black two-toned elephant print, which is paired with a Black/Purple trim to match the Phoenix Suns uniforms. The mid-foot straps feature Amare’s ‘STAT’ nickname logo as well as his former jersey number of ’32 printed on the tongues. These were never released to the public, but have become available for purchase online, so take a look at the gallery below and hit up the auction from generalaltman on eBay.
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July 6th, 2011 by John Kim
The 2004-2005 NBA Season was a big one for Amare Stoudemire. At just 22 years of age, the prep-to-pro Forward/Center averaged a career high 26 points per game and earned a trip to the NBA All-Star Game alongside teammates Shawn Marion and eventual league MVP Steve Nash. For that All-Star Game, Amare was presented with this sick PE colorway of the Nike Air Force Operate, which featured a red/white/blue colorway with red/blue elephant print uppers and an All-Star Game logo at the center of the midfoot strap. The Air Force Operate was one of the most popular Nike Basketball shoe designs of the last decade, drawing inspiration from the Nike Barkley signature line while adopting a new set of details fit for STAT’s game. This rare PE has just popped up on auction and is about to wrap up, so check out the images below and check out the auction from crownsportsconnection on eBay.
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