Sneaker News 2013 Year End Rewind: Day 2

December 17, 2013 BY / 10

After the glowing Galaxy and the ghoulish ParaNormans raised the bar the year prior, what direction would Nike take the Foamposite in 2013? Would Nike keep it on the traditional side and stay with the uni-colored body that made it such a hot item, or would the brand explore a new realm of possibilities by bringing back graphic prints? It’s clear that the latter was the chosen path because this year’s Foamposite releases were more ambitious than ever as the legendary model received some of its most outrageous looks to date.

Camouflage print, classic Safari, the return of Weatherman, and another trip to outer space summarizes the short list of this year’s Air Foamposite output. But don’t forget the all-white Ones that were originally a PE for Penny Hardaway, and the Sport Royal pair that provided a different take on the original colorway, not to mention the first ever Foamposite entry into the annual Doernbecher collection. After all the bold color approaches seen this year, it will be interesting to see where Nike takes the silo from here in 2014.

The 2013 Foamposite onslaught was started off with a major bang thanks to the white/black/silver camouflage pair dubbed the “Fighter Jet”. This was the first Foamposite to feature an extra assortment of details like the dogtags and military fighter jet logos.

Thought Nike was getting a bit out of hand with Foamposite colorways? The “Whiteout” erased all that chatter and offered up the cleanest Foams ever, proving that the brand hasn’t completely detoured from the tonal route.

Nike returned to the military inspiration with the classic camouflage graphic on this Foamposite Pro. Volt-colored details and a gum outsole added some additional intrigue to this popular mid-year release.

This Sport Royal edition took an alternate spin on the original Dark Neon Royal Foams, changing things up with the brighter hue and further deviating from the OG with the grey tongue and eyelet strips.

Kevin Durant’s “Weatherman” chapter never seems to close. Nike Sportswear took the shoe championed by KD’s DMV home region and outfitted it with some personal touches calling back to KD IV edition from 2011.

Another member of the NSW “Weatherman” Pack was this White/Red “Thermal Map” installment, which utilized thermo-graphic imagery to adorn the clean white upper and provide a new angle on the ongoing theme.

The annual Doernbecher collection raised the bar for its 10th Anniversary by adding one of the most popular retro silhouettes in the recent memory. Designed by Elijah Diggans, this Air Foamposite One release was inspired by the youngster’s favorite sport (baseball) and pro athlete (LeBron James).

What was left for Nike to do to honor Tinker Hatfield’s iconic Safari print? How about putting it on the Air Foamposite One, and making it reflective. Just like the Weatherman release, the Safari Foams were paired with a matching Air Force 1 Low counterpart.

Finishing off the year of wild Foamposite drops was the “Asteroid”, which clearly plays off the seemingly never-ending “Galaxy” theme. This Pro model travels through an asteroid cloud, pulling in some vibrant colors and patterns and even introduced the Foam’s first gradient outsole.

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