March 16th, 2014 by Brendan Dunne
It’s no secret that the Foamposite line is in a very different space than it was just a couple of years ago. When the Nike Air Foamposite One was first given the retro treatment back in 2007, the model benefited from a long absence from sneaker shelves and was suddenly a commodity silhouette. The return of the “Royal” that year set in motion a huge wave of Foamposites over the next couple of years that had the sneakers enjoying sell out status. There were House of Hoops exclusives, coveted releases like the “Copper” and “Metallic Red”, and more that all proved that the sneaker world at large had finally fully come around on the groovy, space-age sneaker.
Things all changed when Nike finally decided to go the graphic route with the 2012 Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy” and “ParaNorman” pairs. Madness ensued, the shoes were impossible to get a hold of, and Nike figured that the world was ready for more pairs in the same vein. Since then, these graphic styles have come to dominate the output of the Foamposite line. On top of that we’ve seen more of the sneakers than ever before, which has sort of knocked them down a notch from their once sell-out status. Looking back across the past year, the Nike Air Foamposite One “Doernbecher” stands out as the sole pair that required a real chase, but shoes like the Weathermans, Thermals, Safaris, and more ended up sitting at shelves, wondering why they weren’t being picked.
Could the Nike Air Foamposite One “Shooting Stars” boost the line back up that former spot of glory? They certainly do a good job of toeing the line between the graphic and solid colored realm, and they’re also a call back to the Orlando colors that should satisfy the purists. Plus, they’ve been around as a PE for a while now and have been marked as coveted since Mr. Hardaway first showed them off. Continue reading for a new set of images on the 2014 “Shooting Stars” Foamposites and then tell us if you think this is a step in the right direction for the line, and let us know what moves should be made in order for the Foamposite to regain its status as one of the most coveted sneakers in the world.