As the first month of 2019 wraps up, it seems collaborations — in the same vein as 2018 — will still play an essential role for Nike. Established models are given a fresh update, while at the same time, completely new silhouettes are joining the extensive annals of the brand. Brands and designers from Cav Empt to Jerry Lorenzo to Martine Rose are bringing their distinct design perspectives to the Swoosh Brand. Delving into the slew of releases dropped this month, HYPEBEAST has teamed up with GOAT to provide you with a recap of the first round of partnerships for the year.
Release Date: January 10, 2019
Lowest Price: $225 USD
Helmed by Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell, the Japanese label Cav Empt imbued its notable design language into its inaugural collection with the Swoosh brand. Style trends that originated in London but which also influenced a Japanese audience seemingly provided the ethos for the assemblage. The Air Max 95, donning a full leather upper with an all-over digi-camo print, was complemented by a capsule of garments and accessories.
Release Date: January 12, 2019
Lowest Price: $170 USD
Martine Rose, of the eponymously named label, brought a unique twist to way “drops” are presented. Craigslist, or “the digital wild west,” became the first home for her partnership with the Swoosh brand. Taking inspiration from what she described as quintessentially British and Middle American, the complete collection sits as an extension of her personality and childhood experiences. In a way, it’s almost characteristically mundane while possessing what she states is a “mold-breaking” quality.
Release Date: January 19, 2019
Lowest Price: $695 USD
Its initial emergence within the sneaker community stirred a palpable amount of excitement. Having been handed the reins by Nike, Jerry Lorenzo created a model that fits in with the aesthetics of his imprint and his love for basketball. This minimalistic display of design was not only intended to entice the tastes of fashion enthusiasts but, as well, provide athletes with a performance-ready sneaker for the courts.
Release Date: January 19, 2019
Lowest Price: $470 USD
Tailing the fanfare created from his first drop, the “Shoot Around” brought together details witnessed in the FOG 1 with its own distinct characteristics. The upper, although now at ankle level, and midsole doesn’t1 waver much in conception from his inaugural offering. New design touches appear through the newly implemented vinyl Swooshes, and rather than crawling across the tongue, the laces wrap around the ankle and are kept in place by a plastic toggle. To further secure the shoes to your feet, a strap above the laces provides extra support.
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Lowest Price: $280 USD
Jeff Staple connected again with Nike to drop another successor to his, now infamous, “Pigeon” Dunk. This time, his Chinese heritage was on full display, as the iteration’s color palette mimics that of a panda. A bold green accent adds a bit contrast to the neutral tones, while his titular pigeon emblem nods to his label. Rounding out the kicks, an icy sole, bearing newspaper clippings from the pandemonium created from his first infamous offering with Nike SB, alludes to his past with the brand.
Release Date: January 26, 2019
Lowest Price: $260 USD
The interstellar exploits of NASA are tapped for the latest iteration of Paul George’s third signature shoe with Nike. A spacesuit-esque palette is used for the model’s color inspiration, as a vibrant orange swathes the knitted upper. Acting as accents, metallic silver and black are included alongside blue and red on the medial and lateral lace straps. Completing the offering, an ornamental red “REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT” tag has been included alongside patches on the tongue and heel.
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Lowest Price: $190 USD
Crossing the lines of basketball and tennis, the collaborative silhouette pays homage to two Australian athletes – Kyrie Irving and Nick Kyrgios: The Kyrie 5’s upper is paired with a VaporX outsole. Black and a bold orange acts as an accent to a dominant white hue that splays across the shoe. Trademark branding, such as Kyrie’s signature emblem, are included to complete the hybrid.
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