• Guide to Air Max Grails

COOGI x Puma Clyde

For people looking to stay COOGI down to the socks, here's a sneaker for you. Puma gave the famed fashion brand free rein to dress up the iconic Clyde silhouette the best way they know how.

In the '90s, COOGI ascended to a level of brand recognition where its name became eponymous with sweaters – the garb it specialized in. The COOGI x Puma shoe collaboration released on March 9th, an undoubted ode to The Notorious B.I.G. – one of the biggest purveyor's of their gear – on the 20th anniversary of his tragic death.

The upper on the low top model sports a spool of material in COOGI's patented vibrant color palette; no two shoes are completely alike. Premium accents include 18k gold lace-tips and eyelets, as well as gold Puma branding.

 

Stadium Goods Link: COOGI x Puma Clyde

Style: 364907 01
Color: Puma Black-Puma Team Gold
Release Date: March 9, 2017

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Nike Air Max 1 30th Anniversary Collection

Time flies when you're changing the game. As the Nike Air Max 1 celebrates its 30th anniversary, designer Tinker Hatfield's brainchild has re-released in droves during the 30-day celebration leading up to Air Max Day 2017 (March 26).

Thirty years – a celebratory milestone for any highly lauded shoe – is especially relevant here, as the Air Max 1 introduced the concept of a visible air unit to the world.

In typical Nike fashion, the reintroduction to the Air Max 1 served as a history lesson of sorts, with the "Nike Air Max 1 30th Anniversary Collection" featuring a trio of classic colorways alongside a look that's totally new – but eerily akin to the past. The releases were the OG "Sport Red and "Sport Blue", atmos' "Elephant" version, and a shoe coined "Master".

The "Sport Red" and "Sport Blue" colorways are Hatfield's inaugural AM 1 creations, introduced to consumers in 1987 as the answer to any running qualm. The option was given to the buyer: would the stunning combination of buttery suede and pristine white mesh be best served in a vibrant red or an equally head-turning blue?

Next up is the first-ever retro of atmos' 2003 collaboration (one of many amazingly ambitious looks the Japanese brand created for the AM 1). Pulling a page from the history books, this sneaker is noted for its use of elephant print on the mudguard and ankle collar. Clear Jade coats the Swoosh and matching accents, working alongside a white toebox and midsole to complement the cracked cement look.

The never-before-seen "Master" should be short for "Master of Ceremonies," as it completes this teaching moment with a brief, but encompassing look at Air Max 1's most dynamic versions. Anchored by a leather upper – some parts smooth, others perforated – the mudguard tells a story in the way its quilted with aspects of notable designs like each of the aforementioned shoes, as well as Patta's "Chlorophyll", atmos' "Animal Pack", and many more.

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Nike Air Max 90 "Laser Pink"

Men are typically the more privileged collective of sneaker heads (a metaphor for life, much?) in regards to receiving the hottest colorways – and silhouettes, for that matter. But every so often, the ladies win in a major way. For instance, the initial run of the Nike Air Max 90 included a gem in the "Laser Blue" colorway.

This version features a seamless use of white leather and mesh, with the latter covering the toe box and ankle collar. This AM 90 earns its nickname from the hue of pink that appears on the midsole/outsole and paneling on the laces. The Swoosh and heel are coated in Asian Concord blue. And finally, the mudguard features a Light Zen Grey hue.

Below is the retro from 2005.

 

Stadium Goods Link: Nike Air Max 90 "Laser Pink"

Style: 313098 141
Colors: White, Asian Concord-Lz Pink-Light Zen Grey
Release Date: 2005

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Pendleton x Nike Air Max 90 QS

Two of the finest companies based in Portland, Pendleton and Nike, saw their worlds collide on a 2016 Air Max 90 retro, constructed with the best aspects of their respective DNAs.

This winterized version of the classic silhouette sees a Black upper complemented by a mudguard outfitted in Pendleton's patented wool Navajo print. Nike branding appears on the heel in a Stratus Blue hue. Brown leather lines the interior of the shoe to complete the look.

 

Stadium Goods Link: Pendleton x Nike Air Max 90 QS

Style: 825512 004
Colors: Black/Stratus Blue/Ale Brown/Black
Release Date: November 9, 2016

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Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 "Air Max Day"

A month long celebration has preceded Air Max Day 2017, which doubled as the Air Max 1's 30th anniversary. As a result, we've seen a string of interesting versions of Tinker Hatfield's groundbreaking 1987 creation – some classics (the OG "Sport Red" and Sport Blue" colorways), others a homage (Air Max 1 "Master"), and even a few innovations to boot.

An example of something new arrives in the form of the Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0. At first glance, the shoe can be confused for the aforementioned "Sport Red" release. This model shares the OG's colorway, silhouette and signature lines, but that's where the comparisons ends, for the details separate the shoes by a mile. For starters, the typical side panels and Swoosh are substituted for fused overlays. Additionally, the Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 sheds some of the weight from the original thanks to a lightweight cored-out outsole, ranking it among the lightest Air Max models ever.

The tongue, dated "3.26" to signify Air Max Day, not only completes the look, but affirms that the Air Max 1 remains one of the most dominant kicks in sneaker history.

 

Stadium Goods Link: Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 "Air Max Day"

Style: 908091 100
Colors: White/University Red
Release Date: March 16, 2017

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