Summer leagues are a huge piece of basketball culture in New York City and Los Angeles — so although they’ve been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Nike Sportswear is paying homage to the Big Apple’s NY vs NY tournament and the City of Angels’ Drew League with special Air Force 1s.
NY vs NY brings the best ballers from the five boroughs and the Tri-State together in pursuit of a city-wide championship, so its Air Force 1 features six interchangeable tongue patches that nod to various participating squads and famous courts. These range from Greenwich Village’s West 4th Street to Harlem’s Dyckman, and are all dressed with retro Nike Basketball-inspired fonts/graphics. The rest of the shoe is built from white leather, with “NY vs NY” stamped in black on the heel, black Swooshes and black heel branding. Metal lace deubres feature debossed “NY vs NY” hits, while white midsoles and black outsoles complete the look.
Moving over to the West Coast, the Drew League opts for a simple, low-key look that exudes California cool. The entire sneaker is constructed of crisp white leather, with the only deviations arriving via a black embroidered Drew League logo that works in a cleverly-concealed Swoosh on the heel and an identical printed embellishment on the tongue tag. Heels feature embossed Nike branding, and an all-white lower half finalizes the flair.
For more Swoosh Hoops kicks, check out LeBron James‘s LeBron 17 in a “Graffiti Remix” colorway that’s inspired by a 2007 NBA All-Star Game PE.