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Nike Air Foamposite One 'Blue Mirror'

Arguably one on Nike’s most recognizable silhouettes, the Air Foamposite One ‘Blue Mirror’ is closing out an incredible year for the silhouette and Nike.

Nike Designer Eric Avar set out to create a sneaker based on a sunglasses case he had. The case had a hard outer shell, and the inside was a soft foam. It took the design team three years to come up with a chemical composition to form the hard, seamless shell and supportive inner foam. The silhouette that was born had a rugged, futuristic look to it that still holds almost twenty years later.

Along with the space age look, the Foamposite has some good tech saddled up with its sci-fi design. As you wear them, the foam inside the shell will slowly conform to the shape of your foot over time. This creates a comfortable snug fit specifically for your foot. A carbon fiber plate is placed under the midfoot for rigid support, and the rubber outsole provides superior traction.

Now synonymous with Penny Hardaway, the Foamposite silhouette was not originally intended for him. The story goes that designer Eric Avar had the designs for the royal blue Foamposite in his bag while in a planning meeting with Hardaway. Penny wasn’t impressed by any of the concepts for his next signature, but the Foamposite’s bright color caught his eye. He demanded it be his next signature shoe, and the rest is sneaker history.  

The Nike Air Foamposite One debuted in 1997 in royal blue, after a lengthy R&D process. Penny Hardaway’s 1 Cent branding distinguished from its cousin the Foamposite Pro, which only had Nike branding. Hardaway rocked these kicks and on court, and they were very popular. Even though it was the most popular of the Foamposite family, the One didn’t get retroed until 2007 when the original colorway was rereleased. However, it wasn’t until the release of the ‘Galaxy’ Foamposite One, which featured a graphic print, in 2012, that the silhouette became a powerhouse in Nike’s lineup.

Since then, both the One and the Pro have enjoyed mostly sell-out status in sneaker stores. In 2015, Nike has released some knock-out colorways for the Foams, and the ‘Blue Mirror’ is a solid way to close out a fantastic year.

The shell of the ‘Blue Mirror’ has been coated in blue and silver gradient mirror finish. Black detailing hits the tongue, laces, eyelets, liner, and heel. The dark details contrast well with the flashy shell of the Foams, and the silhouette is finished out by the black and grey carbon fiber plate and the icy outsole.

The Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Blue Mirror’ drops on Thursday, Dec. 31st, New Year’s Eve in stores and online. They will be available in Men’s for $275, so cop these to cap off a strong year.