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Nike Presents: 20 Designs That Changed The Game

August 13th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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Over the course of the last three weeks or so, Nike Basketball revisited twenty of their most game-changing designs that surfaced over the last two decades. Each installment served a valiant purpose in the evolution of Nike Basketball, from the first Air Force 180 Low and the expanded Air unit, to 2012′s Nike Lunar Hyperdunk+ and the advanced technology of Nike+. Before Nike kicks off another twenty years of game-changing designs, let’s spend a moment and look back at Nike’s retrospective of the amazing basketball-centric models to have come out of the Innovation Kitchen – all of which we’ve compiled below. It’s a worthy exploration of one of Nike’s most progressive sectors of design and function, so if your sneakerhead tendencies go beyond buying whatever’s hot and into the field of study, take a moment to review Nike Basketball’s 20 Designs The Changed The Game below.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Lunar Hyperdunk+ (2012)

August 12th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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We’d say the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk+ had a pretty good coming out party as far as sneaker debuts go, being the most sighted piece of footwear for the newly minted gold medal champions of Team USA. This biggest leap in the Hyperdunk line took hold of the Olympic stage the same way the originator did four years ago, this time popping out the Flywire technology on the sides out the sneaker and outfitting the bottom with Lunar cushioning for the first time in the series along with a smart sole that takes Nike+ to a whole new level. Hard hitters of Nike design Eric Avar, Leo Chang and Tracy Teague all came together for this one and ended up with one of the most futuristic functional pieces of footwear in recent memory. Click through to check out design sketches, early renderings, and more of the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk+ and let us know if you think it deserve its spot amongst the other hallowed silhouettes featured in this series from Nike.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Zoom KD IV (2011)

August 11th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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Nike Basketball’s sensational trio of signature athletes has to get some recognition as part of its 20 Year Retrospective, right? Kevin Durant’s meteoric rise to superstardom is all substance and no filler – an organic humility that designer Leo Chang transferred over to the Nike Zoom KD IV; Chang describes the design of of the KD IV as a “shoe that’s stripped down to his essence – nothing less, nothing more”, so as he heard Durant’s demands of a shoe that’s “light and tight”, Adaptive Fit was created to the lower-cut build, allowing KD to adjust the tightness to his own liking and essentially making the KD IV an all-positions, all-skill shoe. The details in the shoe are worth noting as well, as the many ‘easter eggs’ carved into the design pay tribute to some special figures in KD’s life. More of the KD IV below, so stay tuned for the next and final installment of Nike Basketball: 1992-2012!

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Zoom Hyperfuse (2010)

August 10th, 2012 by | No comments

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Thursday’s look back at 2008′s Zoom Kobe IV was a reminder of how conventional wisdom can shift right under your feet, and today we get a look at a design and really, an entire fabrication process, that was inspired by the unlikeliest of combinations.  Shane Kohatsu of Nike’s famed Innovation Kitchen noticed that Chinese ballers wore everything from mesh runners to rugged workboots on the nation’s rapidly multiplying outdoor asphalt arenas, then went to work on creating a balance of their collective advantages.  The three-layered technical marvel that is Hyperfuse is born, and in 2010, the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse became the first model to show off its incredible blend of lightweight breathability and strength.  Lead designer Leo Chang noted that the new seamless approach means “You have to draw everything, from the inside out,” so have a look at various sketches and design notes after the jump and let us know where the OG Hyperfuse ranks in the annals of Nike Basketball’s all-time greats.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Zoom Kobe IV (2008)

August 9th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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Upon seeing yesterday’s look back at the original Hyperdunk’s role in the past twenty years of Nike Basketball innovation, one Sneaker News reader predicted that the next model we’d see would be its peer in the performance roundball arena, the Zoom Hyperfuse.  It’s a reasonable guess given the chronology, but also overlooks a model that, while using some of the same technologies that debuted on the Hyperdunk, has been arguably even more potent in its influence.  The Nike Zoom Kobe IV is the result of designer Eric Avar (the man behind more of these ’20 Years…’ styles than any other) realizing Kobe Bryant’s desire for “the lowest, lightest weight basketball shoe [they] can make.”  The Zoom Kobe 4 set its sights on soccer for a new generation of lowcut basketball sneakers, released in a huge range of colorways that’s since become the norm, was the first Nike Basketball signature with NIKEiD custom options from day one and marked the Black Mamba’s first Shaq-less championship.  Click through to read more about the Kobe line’s defining formula, let us know your opinion on its place in history as well as lowtop b-ball shoes in general, and stick with Sneaker News as we inch toward the finish line on this Swoosh roundball retrospective.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Hyperdunk (2008)

August 8th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Team USA will face Australia in its first tournament game of the London Olympics in just a short time, the same team they trounced in the 2008 quarterfinal round by thirty-one points.  This squad often being called simply the ‘New Dream Team’ redeemed USA Basketball four years ago, their renewed commitment echoed by Nike Basketball’s revelation of a game-changing performance machine that’s still the standard to which modern basketball sneakers are compared.  The Nike Hyperdunk is yet another example of Eric Avar leading an innovative new project to fruition, its use of Flywire and LunarLite technologies so futuristic, it was only natural to include a Nike Mag-like heel counter (and that legendary ‘Marty McFly’ debut edition).  Click through to see sketches that represent the epicenter of a shift from which we’re still feeling the aftershocks and stick with Sneaker News as we approach the right-end of the timeline on this Swoosh roundball retrospective.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Max 360 Basketball (2006)

August 7th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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As we’ve looked back through some of the most influential Nike Basketball designs over the past twenty years, significant attention has been paid to the progression of certain designers and how they’ve captured an athlete’s personality or the zeitgeist of the time.  This next entrant represents the culmination of all of these forces and a transition into a newly evolved world as for the first time in 2006, Nike Air completely takes over the sole for a more durable and dependable cushioning solution than with a traditional foam midsole.  The Nike Air Max 360 Basketball changed the game for explosive players and moved us toward models like LeBrons 7 and 8 with a completely uncaged cushion, and you can see plenty of sketches and early photos after the jump below.  We’re getting close to our current point in history, so stick with Sneaker News for the last few days of this feature and let us know which is your favorite Nike Basketball design of all time.

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