August 6th, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Nike Basketball’s trip back through the past twenty years sees its first ‘retro’ entry today, as a dozen years after the list kicked off with Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar’s Air Flight Huarache, the latter applied the functional versatility of its timeless design to a new project that defied classification into the Force, Flight or Uptempo schools. The Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 was part of Avar’s quest to return to a more ‘grounded’ product after nearly a decade of creating the most memorable and expressive designs the sneaker world had ever seen. It simultaneously served as a transition into the Kobe Bryant signature era, celebrated college hoops with the March debut and offered NIKEiD options right out of the gate, and to this day maintains a reputation as one of if not the single most comfortable roundball designs of the new millennium. Check out a huge array of Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 sketches after the jump and stick with Sneaker News for the next milestone.
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December 6th, 2011 by Aaron Hope
While basketball fans were suffering with the spectre of an NBA season lost to another lockout, we all kept our collective heads up with the knowledge that we’d at least have the 2012 London Olympic Games. Nike is perhaps more aware of this fact than anyone other than maybe Coca-Cola, so you can expect a variety of Olympic-oriented sneakers and gear, probably in just a few short months. The earliest indication of such a release comes at least in part from Nike Sportswear, and perhaps entirely, though the recent release of one of these models on NIKEiD suggests it might still fall under the Nike Basketball umbrella. That’s where each of these classic basketball shoes from the upcoming ‘USAB Pack’ originated, this pack containing three gold medal winners and the aforementioned Nike Zoom Huarache 2k4 that’s considered a gold standard in b-ball kicks to this day.
Joining the Huarache 2k4s in this white, navy, red and gold-colored quartet is the Nike Air Force 180we’ve only seen in hybrid form since the last retros in early 2008. Joining that Charles Barkley look from the 1992 Dream Team comes Scottie Pippen’s Air More Uptempo from the ’96 Atlanta Games, along with Vince Carter’s Shox BB4 from the millenial event in Athens. It could be harder to find a sneakerhead without warm and fuzzy feelings for at least one of these shoes, than to find someone who’s indifferent to the four-pack, so click through to see each of these models in their OG form and stick with Sneaker News so we can let you know each pair’s release date.
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