Today, sneakers are no longer a playful accent but a standard element. Still, the creative spirit of the Travis Scott Shoes late '70s and early '80s remains in those who push the dynamics of street style and sneaker culture. The models he made continue to be massively popular as retro releases for Jordan Brand. Underfoot, sole units keep things simple in White Black, not detracting from the titular Particle Grey hue. A reflection of the expressive nature of the modern game and its players, the NBA lifted its footwear colorway restrictions in 2018. Since then, the NBA and its players have taken a leading position in standing for both personal expression and collective progress.
I know Kyrie is deep into history, and obviously a very intelligent man, and I think the story resonated with him, says Point. Working with Kyrie is one of the rare instances of us working with three parties simultaneously. He's so dialed in. Perhaps the lone visual deviation in the line, the Soldier II was created for LeBron to wear in Beijing during the summer of 2008. The upper was slightly stripped down without the straps, while its construction focused on durability features like a reinforced lateral rand. The shoe has two Zoom Air pods in the forefoot and a supportive TPU plate running through the midsole.
The first shoe is the Higher Learning colorway, inspired by varsity jackets as a powerful symbol of sport and school. Growing up, something I always loved while going through school was varsity style, says Plange. The varsity jacket was this ultimate attempt to explore identity. Subsequent years saw the Air Jordan 13 join the Doernbecher program and appear emerge Nike x Travis Scott Sneakers in impressive Player Exclusive PE arrangements. Although the color-blocking itself can't be connected to an original colorway of the Air Jordan 1, there's no denying its place in the Air Jordan 1 family. Kyrie Irving's oeuvre, the last three versions designed by Benjamin Nethongkome, proves that style and personality can exist in symbiosis.
And the latest to join the frontlines is a colorway rather familiar, its drab, grey palette a close alternative to the Light Smoke Grey offered previously. Even in sports, I view it through the lens of community, not competition. For the kids-exclusive Concepts x KYRIE 6 Golden Mummy, the cycle of history manifests in a colorway that simultaneously pays homage to Concepts' Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 founding in 1996 and the discovery of the Valley of Mummies an event that spurred a revival of interest in Egyptian history that same year. And considering the shoe is to arrive featuring Nike Air along the heel, it's likely the Retro will garner the attention of as many old fans as it has new ones. The change was also meant to resemble an infinity symbol - you can trace the pattern across the midsole and never pick up your finger. And later this July - on the 9th, to be exact - the silhouette will keep up the momentum with the Dark Iris, which has just been revealed in better detail.