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This Week's Heat: Foamposite 'University Red', AJ 9 Low 'Black/White' and more

Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘University Red’ – 624041-604 – 4/16/16

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.

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘University Red’ is coated in glossy University Red with a slight crackled finish, almost akin to wrapping paper. Theses sneakers sports a black and red theme with black leather lacing system, laces, tongue, liner, side panel Swoosh, and outsole. Small hits of red dot the smaller Nike branding and the tongue.

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro 'University Red' drops on Saturday, April 16th, in stores and online. These shiny kicks are going to all City Gear locations so check out store locator for the City Gear nearest you.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro 'University Red' 624041-604

Nike Air Foamposite Pro 'University Red' 624041-604

Air Jordan 9 Retro Low ‘Black/White’ – 832822-001 – 4/16/16

After the Bulls first three-peat and due to personal tragedies, His Airness set aside his crown before the AJ 9 was finished. While Michael Jordan never donned the Air Jordan 9 on the court, they remain a classic in the Jordan line.

Through Tinker Hatfield’s vision and belief in Mike, he created the Air Jordan 9, a physical testament displaying Jordan’s worldwide appeal and fame. Inspiration for the sneaker came from Jordan’s global appeal, and Hatfield incorporated the multinational affection for MJ into the design.

Most of the design ques in the upper come from Japanese culture with a kind of less is more mentality, and a globe with the Jumpman over it to display Mike’s global dominance on the heel. The outsole sports a multitude of languages to showcase Jordan’s popularity around the world. The silhouette features a dynamic-fit inner bootie, encapsulated air unit in the forefoot, large volume air unit in the heel, polyurethane midsole, and “one-pull” lacing system.

The latest iteration of the Air Jordan 9 is a low-top, and it comes dressed in some premium materials. Overlaying a black leather upper, the black snack skin mudguard wraps the sneaker from heel to toe. The dark motif is complimented with red accents on the liner and the Jordan branding throughout the silhouette. The black upper and midsole are starkly contrasted underneath by the white outsole.

The Air Jordan 9 Retro Low 'Black/White' debuts on Saturday, April 16th, in stores only. Check out Where to Cop for details. They will be in men's for $170, grade schoolers' for $120, preschoolers' for $75, and toddlers' for $55. 

Air Jordan 9 Retro Low 'Black/White' 832822-001

Air Jordan 9 Retro Low 'Black/White' 832822-001

Nike Kobe 11 ‘Brave Blue’ – 822675-404 – 4/14/16

Dropping after Kobe Bryant's final game in the NBA is the Nike Kobe 11 'Brave Blue', a sneaker showcasing his talent and ability.

Nike Innovation Director Eric Avar has been working with Kobe for years, and he says Kobe is always pushing him for something new and cutting edge. Avar has used Kobe’s signature line to debut groundbreaking tech for basketball silhouettes, including Flywire, Nike Free, and Flyknit, while at the same time keeping Bryant’s sneaker simple. This latest model is no different.
Avar has infused the Flyknit with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) threads, creating a stronger generation of Nike Flyknit.

Loaded down with tech, the upper of Kobe XI is constructed with Flyknit reinforced with TPU threads, and mesh tongue for enhanced breathability. The silhouette features a drop-in midsole made of Lunarlon foam for soft responsive cushioning, and housing a Zoom Air unit in the heel provide maximum responsiveness. The drop-in midsole is grooved to allow for natural articulation of the foot, and the outsole features a unique traction pattern to satisfy Kobe’s obsession with court feel and grip.

The innovative Flyweave upper of the Kobe 11 sports a gradient color pallete that fades from Brave Blue on the toe to University Blue on the heel. The grey tongue is accented by University Blue laces and Kobe logo, and the upper sports a metallic silver Swoosh. The heel of the right shoe features a seal that reads, “I see the beauty in the struggle.” The sneaker is completed by a blue drop-in midsole and a white outsole.

The Nike Kobe 11 'Brave Blue' will be available Thursday, April 14th, in stores and online. Check out Where to Cop for details on where you can snag a pair. They will be in men's for $200.

Nike Kobe 11 'Brave Blue' 822675-404

Nike Kobe 11 'Brave Blue' 822675-404