Nike and Adidas are having their own March Madness, releasing two very eye-catching court sneakers. Nike is bringing back the incredibly popular Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”, but with a slightly updated color blocking – a 2.0 version of sorts. It bears the same message as before, symbolizing Michael Jordan’s royal status in the NBA.
The brand with three stripes is also dropping their take on a flex-worthy court sneaker. Adidas will be dropping its psychedelic collaboration with Pharrell Williams: the 0-60 STMT. The sneaker has already built up some hype with its crazy color scheme and hefty price tag. Scroll down to check out all the sneakers that drop this week.
Adidas 4D Run 1.0
The Adidas 4D Run 1.0 is going retro, borrowing the color blocking of the Superstar. The new colorway will be simple, with a predominantly white mesh upper, white overlays and black stripes. On the tongue, it continues the Superstar tradition of having a gold tab – a pop of color on the otherwise monotone upper. The upper is set atop a light green 4D midsole, so you can expect the usual comforts of the 3D printed cushion. You can get a closer look at the sneaker here.
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Nike x Stussy Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2
Stussy has taken their streetwear design language and applied it on a Nike archival sneaker – in this case, the Zoom Spiridon Cage 2. The sneaker was designed by Steven Smith and earned its nickname from the caged Zoom Air unit at the heel. The OG construction and shape have been retained, but Stussy has wrapped it with a reflective black mesh as the base and a silver overlay on top. The hits of black on the heel, midsole cage and Swoosh really stand out against the reflective materials used on the rest of the upper. Stussy’s branding is abounds on this sneaker – you’ll find the iconic logo on the toe box, tongue and heel cap. You can read more about the entire Nike x Stussy collection here.
Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”
Michael Jordan is basically basketball royalty. Very few have accomplished as much as he has during their stints with the NBA, and this sneaker is meant to signify his status as a legend in the game. Unlike the 2018 release under the same name, this version uses the color blocking of the “Chicago” AJ1 but swaps out the red for royal purple. But just like the 2018 release, we can expect a full leather upper and a whole lot of heat.
Adidas x Pharrell Williams 0-60 STMT “March Madness”
Pharrell puts his take on the 0-60 STMT, and it gets psychedelic real quick. The rapper-turned-streetwear-mogul turns the simple, understated sneaker into an eye-catching art piece for your feet. The sneaker now comes with a tie-dye inspired stretch-woven upper, Boost midsole and 90s FYW inspired outsole. He gives it a futuristic vibe by adding an overlay that covers the laces, creating a very clean looking upper.
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