Diverse Lineup Highlights Stacked Weekend of Sneaker Releases
As the weather’s heated up in the summer months so has the sneaker release calendar. There’s certainly no hangover from the Fourth of July for sneakerheads as we head into the second weekend of the month with a stacked lineup of new kicks.
With so much fire hitting the shelves in the next 48 hours, here’s our list of the five hottest releases to add to your shoe rack (or shoe closet if you’re ballin’ like that). Let us know in the comments what you copped.
Nike KD 8 “V8”
The new edition of Kevin Durant’s signature shoe (gallery above) leads this weekend’s pack of releases due to its incorporation of new technology and personal touches in homage to its namesake. The KD8 features two technical firsts in a Nike basketball shoe: a Flyweave upper and an articulated full-length Zoom Air unit.
Reading the technical specs on the KD8 “V8” will get any sneakerhead salivating. The shoe combines Nike’s Flyweave high-strength woven textile with a Flyknit upper that Nike describes as akin to locking your foot in a seatbelt for security while your foot moves, but the sneaker follows your natural movement and feels like a second skin.
The articulated, full-length Zoom Air unit specifically designed for the KD8 provides responsive cushioning that moves with your foot.
“Thousands of high-strength fibers connect the top and bottom of this Zoom Air unit, which runs the foot’s entire length,” Nike said in a release. “For the first time in basketball, this Zoom Air unit is designed with strategically placed notches in the forefoot and heel to intuitively flex with the foot’s movement.”
On the design side, the KD8 draws its inspiration from the Thunder sharpshooter’s taste in cars and tattoos. “One of the first things KD picked up after the draft was a cherry-red ride with 600hp. Its high-octane V-8 was the automotive mirror of KD’s offense, and the perfect way to arrive at the arena before taking it over,” Nike said.
With a tattoo of a sabertooth tiger just above his right ankle, Durant has been said to connect with the ice age cat’s “unique predatory instincts, ferocity and prehistoric old soul.” Using that as fuel for the design of the KD8, Nike fabricated a one-of-a-kind heel design that mimics the sabertooth’s fangs. You won’t want to mess with anyone on the basketball court wearing these joints.
Nike Kobe X “Pain”
Kobe Bryant’s basketball career has been marked by championships, and more recently as he’s aged, playing through pain. While the Black Mamba’s last two seasons with the Lakers were cut short due to injury, the tenth iteration of his signature Nike shoe takes its inspiration from Kobe’s senior year of high school.
“The masked mamba’s first game came Kobe’s senior year after he broke his nose diving for a ball,” Nike said in announcing the sneaker. “The next night, after going 4-for-14 wearing a mask, Kobe threw it in the trash at halftime and went off. Through the pain, he finished with 39 points in an overtime win that would take his team to state.”
The upper features a grey wash and muted matte black colorway with a reflective 3M orange-dotted design. The outsole and midsole is translucent grey, which wraps around the heel’s orange Zoom unit. The grey-laced, grey-tongued sneaker features Bryant’s signature on the tongue.
Nike Air Foamposite One PRM “Grey Suede”
Foamposite fans can rejoice today as Nike drops a stylish edition of their favorite sneaker. The soft molded upper adopts a solid grey scheme with suede flocking, which tops the shoe’s icy clear blue-tinted outsole. These Foamposites will looks as stylish off the court as they do on the hardwood.
Air Jordan 11Lab4 “University Red”
The all-red approach is in serious vogue among sneaker brands. Nike capitalizes on this trend with its new shiny Jordans in a big way – not a stitch of any other color can be found on the entire shoe. Taking its design elements from the Air Jordan 4 silhouette, Nike walks a thin line between bold and gaudy with a monochromatic bright-red patent leather upper. The shoe’s sole features the traditional Visible Air module complemented by waxed laces. Bravo Nike, these kicks truly are radiant.
Reebok Pump Shaqnosis “Royal”
The Reebok Shaqnosis gets a fresh update this weekend since its release two decades ago. Stare at this sneaker’s blue and white stripes too long and it might induce an extended state of hypnosis as visions of Shaquille O’Neal breaking backboards play on repeat in your subconscious. Taking its style cues and color scheme from the original 1989 Pump, the Shaqnosis features Reebok’s patented pump-and-bladder system in the tongue of the shoe for a custom fit.
The cavalcade of new releases doesn’t end here. The following sneakers also hit retail shelves this weekend: Nike Flyknit Racer “Sherbet,” Jordan Westbrook 0, Nike Air Zoom Penny 6 “Copper,” Adidas D Lillard 1 “Oakland Rebels,” Under Armour Curry One “All America Camp,” Adidas Crazylight Boost 2015, UBIQ x Brooks Fusion “Reserve” and the Overkill x Asics Gel-Sight “Desert Rose.”