September 25th, 2012 by John Kim
NIKE BASKETBALL 1990′s WEEK
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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September 22nd, 2011 by John Kim
Dennis Rodman is widely considered to be one of the most eccentric professional athletes in history. Grabbing rebounds and dressing in drag were his strengths, while his weaknesses were keeping calm and cool and maintaining one hair color for an extended period of time. That didn’t mean he was good at what he did; in fact, he was one of the best to ever play the game, as he was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in August. The Air Shake NDestrukt, which made its debut in 1996, was the perfect representation of Rodman’s twisted and against-the-norm persona; the Footscape-esque off-centered lacing system is obviously the marquee detail of the NDestrukt, which also featured a funky zig-zagged outsole traction, a turf-shoe-like midsole, and an overall package of organized clutter that poignantly defines Dennis Rodman’s off-the-court antics.
For 2012, Nike will rebound with the Air Shake NDestrukt – sort of. Continuing its approach of combining classic designs with contemporary processes (the Air Kukini Free, for example), air Shake NDestrukt will return as the Air Max Shake Evolve; a basketball-specific 180-degree Max Air unit, an updated outsole design, and a cleaner, sleeker profile is what constitutes the evolution from NDestrukt to Max Evolve. Of course, your opinion counts, so check out the four upcoming colorways of this redone Retro and let us know what you think. via CK.
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