January 24th, 2013 by John Kim
One word that can sum up the Nike Sportswear 2013 All-Star Pack: Surprising. The decision to go full force with Barkley models might not have been expected, but it’s the comeback of a rather overlooked model from the 80′s hoops catalog in the Nike Vandal that is equally shocking. Originating in 1985, the Nike Vandal was like a revision of the Air Force 1, arriving in leather and mesh forms and popping up on our news-feed in what were admittedly some boring colorways. This time around, it takes on an entirely more exotic shape, with a funky textured upper (like the Zoom Kobe VI), a translucent heel-tab, and a glowing outsole. The Vandal definitely deserves another comeback of this stature, but is this All-Star 2013 release the shoe to do it? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to circle your calendar for February 14th as these Vandals as well as the entire Area 72 Pack are set for a release on that date.
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January 23rd, 2013 by John Kim
The bar was set incredibly high (so high it reached outer space) with last year’s Nike Basketball’s 2012 All-Star Pack, but aside from the trio of Basketball signatures, NSW models like the Dunk, Air Foamposite One, and Air Flight One were given a massive boost as well. Much is in anticipation regarding the 2013 set of NSW releases, and today we’re getting a first look at what’s in store; the Nike Barkley Posite Max, Air Force Max, Blazer Mid, Vandal High, and Lunar Force 1 Low are the included pieces of this year’s Nike Sportswear 2013 All-Star Collection, with the tie-in to Houston’s NASA Space Center offering up another reason to go beyond the Earth’s atmosphere once again.
Nike continues the story that began with last year’s ‘Big Bang’ by notifying us of a transmission that has been received at Area 72 – a top secret facility located in the desert in Houston and inspired by Nike’s year of birth – and what is revealed is indeed the Nike Sportwear All-Star Collection designed with galaxy themes, glow-in-the-dark highlights, and reflective panels for a truly magnificent feel. Raygun, the iconic Nike Basketball character that debuted a decade ago, returns as the lead in this Pack, with its logo present on the tongue of each shoe. Continue reading for a first look at this amazing set and stay tuned for a release of the 2013 All-Star Pack by Nike Sportswear beginning this February 14th.
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