This had all really started with Michael Jordan this idea of players with their own sneakers and sneakers that would become part of culture, fashion and style. Nike Air Max TN Men Now the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls was sitting on a panel in Brooklyn, during All-Star Weekend, on a podium sandwiched between New York City-themed editions of the LeBron 12, Kobe X, KD 7 and Kyrie 1, the newest personification of basketball greatness spilling over into streetwear freshness.
But it’s not just for the street anymore. Designer John Elliot, who also took part in a series of panels at Nike’s Inside Access Studio Panel at its Zoom City Arena in Brooklyn, customized a pair of LeBron 12’s for his first runway show this week at New York Fashion Week. Nike Air Max TN Men an insider panel with athletes and designers to discuss 43 years of the brand’s influence on sneaker culture, an evolution that admittedly has been driven by athlete stardom.
But it’s also driven out of necessity. Nike Sportswear Senior Designer Jonathon Johnson-Griffin used the new chrome-shelled Nike Air Foamposite One’s, for example. Nike Air Max TN Men Customer feedback said, “people wanted shoes they could see themselves in,” he said. So Nike took that literally and created a “mirror” sample, a shoe hand-painted in chrome (literally there’s a guy that hand paints every shoe) released for All-Star Weekend.Kyrie Irving’s first signature shoe, the Kyrie 1’s, were built to reflect his style — quick, low to the ground, dynamic. Designer Leo Chang said Irving’s shoe centered on traction. But for All-Star Weekend, Nike’s New York City editions designed LeBron James’ 12th shoe to represent New York’s Flatiron District, Irving’s sneaker represents the New York City Hall Subway Station. Nike Air Max TN Leather Mens White Black Grey Hot Sale Kevin Durant’s KD 7’s are symbolic of the Brooklyn Bridge; Kobe Byrant’s of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Individually, Chang said designers spend as long as 18 months with athletes, hoping to learn enough about their tastes, personalities and playing styles to accurately produce a shoe that illustrates their likeness. And because these days athletes are can be a driving force in style and fashion — as evidenced by the fact that the NBA hosted a fashion show this year executive produced by James — Nike will produce apparel extensions to James, Bryant, Durant and Irving’s shoes.
Will any of these editions be the next to push the needle forward in how Nike shoes drive sneaker culture? That reminds to be seen. Nike Air Max TN Men But we took the opportunity to ask Nike’s top designers which past Nike shoes have been the influential in changing the game over the years.“You’ve got to start with the basics,” said Senior Product Graphic Designer Erick Goto. “The [Nike] Blazer is a mid-introductory piece. It’s a basic I love to wear. The great thing is that it stands the test of time. You go to something like the Jordan One and it gets a little more design focused. I think the main thing is technology really dictates the aesthetics. Nike Air Max TN Leather Mens White Black Grey Hot Sale So with the introduction of the Nike Air, it’s like ‘Oh, this bubble is so hot.Johnson-Griffin also claimed the Foamposite series as a game-changer and said that the Air Max series was so elegant it was like seeing a Ferrari for the first time. But he gave the nod to the Air Force 1 “Triple White” as a staple for sneaker fans and bona fide sneakerheads alike because “it can go anywhere,” he said.“It can go on the fashion runway. It can go on the court. It can go on the street court. It can go in the classroom. It can go on the boardroom. It’s like one of the only shoes that we have that amount of lanes that it does and I think it’s a staple for most people. It’s just one of the amazing things about its legacy.”