As Nike’s annual Air Max Day draws ever closer, the Swoosh continue their run of stellar retro releases with the unleashing of another OG colourway for the venerable Air Max 180. After the runaway success of the ‘Ultramarine’ colourway from last month, this time the 1991 runner takes on the ‘Concord’ makeup.
Displaying a similarly neutral base to last month’s release, with clean white mesh underlays and off-white synthetic overlays acting as the perfect canvas for hits of ‘Dark Concord’ purple to the heel and lining, and ‘Bright Ceramic’ orange to the tongue, Swoosh and heel quarter. The combination of purple and orange is always a winner, and, combined with the icy-blue tint on the translucent heel section, works particularly well on this retro icon, giving it some serious pavement appeal ready for the start of the sunny weather.
As always, numbers are very limited on this release, so make sure not to sleep if you don’t want to miss out.
The Nike Air Max 180 ‘Concord’ is releasing online on the 15th of March at 8.00am GMT from Aphrodite Clothing.
The Swoosh has had a considerable amount of success with retro releases and reinterpretations of their Air Max models from the length and breadth of the Nineties, from the all-time classics like the Air Max 90, 95 and 97 to the lesser-known but still appreciated Air Max 93, 98 and Air 180. But their catalogue doesn’t begin and end with the Air Max line, and there’s a considerable amount of gold to be found among the more obscure models that are beloved by sneakerheads who want to stand out from the crowd.
Case in point: this spot-on retro of the seldom-seen Air Span II silhouette from 1990. While it may not sport the headline-grabbing Max Air bubble of its stablemates, the 1989 Air Span and its sequel from the next year was no less revolutionary, being one of the first running shoes to utilise a full-length Phylon midsole that bid farewell to the heavy polyurethane models of the past. Coupling this with a (hidden) encapsulated Max Air bubble in the heel and an internal footbridge, this was a model intended for serious runners, at a more affordable price than the flagship Air Max models but just as stylish.
Today’s edition really nails the shape and overall aesthetic of the original, while switching up the tooling for all-day comfort with plenty of cushioning. The classic monochrome colourway with hits of Laser Blue is a real winner, too. It’s great to see Nike bringing back some of their more sought-out running styles for those looking for a break from the norm. Don’t wait around if you want to add this obscure classic to your collection.
The Nike Air Span II in White / Dust / Laser Blue is releasing on the 2nd of February from Aphrodite Clothing.
For anyone with half an eye on the footwear world, it’s clear that Nike’s Air Max 97 was the success story of 2017. Reintroduced in force for its 20th anniversary, the timely rerelease managed to capture the zeitgeist a second time around, with its retro-futuristic water ripple inspired design and bold 3M accents resonating with both old-school collectors and new generation fashionistas alike.
Late last year, we wondered whether or not the Air Max 98 could achieve a similar level of praise. After all, despite using the same full-length Max Air sole unit, the Air Max 98 couldn’t be more different than its older sibling: if the Air Max 97 is ripples on a pond, the Air Max 98 is an earthquake. Gone are the sleek, aerodynamic lines, replaced with built-up overlays in a wide mix of materials, a contrasting mudguard and exposed lace loops – a truly seismic change.
A year or two ago, it would have been a hard sell to all but ardent sneakerheads. But in 2018, the winds of change are once again blowing in Nike’s favour: the chunky, overstated trainer is having a serious moment, with high fashion brands like Balenciaga and Gucci leading the charge, bolstered by Kanye West’s ever-present influence. Suddenly the Air Max 98 looks as forward thinking as its predecessor, and the hype for the silhouette is very much real.
As with the 97, there are numerous colourways of the Air Max 98 in the pipeline, but as usual it’s the OG renditions that are the most sought after – especially as they haven’t rereleased at all since 1998. January 26th sees the European release of both the ‘Gundam’ and ‘Michigan’ colourways, as they are affectionately known; the former named for the robotic protagonist in the mecha anime of the same name, the latter after the traditional navy and yellow school colours of the University of Michigan. Both are a far cry from the sleek Air Max ‘Silver Bullet’ OG, but are equally eyecatching, channelling the fearless, uncompromising design of the 90s, and are sure to be highly sought after.
The Nike Air Max 98 ‘Gundam’ in White/University Red/Obsidian and ‘Michigan’ in White/Tour Yellow/Navy are due to release in very limited quantities soon at Aphrodite Clothing. Keep an eye on our social media feed for more updates.
This 1970’s classic cross-country running shoe returns for Autumn Winter 2015 in the form of these two vibrant styles that will be available to pre-order from 1 June. The Country OG is sure to appeal to today’s adidas terrace shoe collectors and retro trainer aficionado’s.
On this lightweight model, the upper has been crafted from a deconstructed nylon base, whilst it has been accented by nubuck panels to the toe, heel and eyelet bar. The shoe sits upon a die-cut EVA midsole and gum outsole which adds to the retro feel. The obligatory leather 3-stripes contrast perfectly to the side panel and the colour accents the heel tab.
Priced individually at £65.00, both styles will be available to purchase on pre-order for delivery expected in July 2015. Browse our entire selection of adidas Originals pre-orders
A legend in its own right, the adidas Gazelle has been reworked many times over since its inception in 1966, returning to the shelves in many different guises. A versatile shoe, found everywhere from football stadiums around the world to skate parks and concerts, the Gazelle has firmly stamped its position near the head of the mens footwear market.
The 2015 Spring Summer collection sees the return of the terrace favourite in a unique grey colourway with perforation holes revealing a hidden green layer underneath. The synthetic suede upper and quarter is contrasted by the cold cement rubber outsole and three-stripes adorning the side panel.
Priced at £67.00 the adidas Gazelle OG is now available to pre-order for delivery around mid-late February 2015