The Houston native musician and producer Travis “La Flame” Scott and Nike began their creative partnership in 2017. After the hits Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1 “AF100” and Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”, apparently there are more to come this year. In a recent Instagram post, Travis Scott teased us with some pairs of upcoming sneakers.
The unique, white and brown Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 with a backward Nike swoosh is not exactly news. The pair first emerged last Fall and we’ve seen pictures in great detail, giving us a good idea of what to expect. The upper is a mix of sail-coloured leather and dark mocha suede. The Swoosh logos, laces and ankle entry are black. There is also one very notable feature and this is the hidden velcro pocket around the ankle collar. Its interior is in university red to match the red Nike and Cactus Jack labels on the tongues. La Flame rocked the sneakers on multiple occasions and during his ASTROWORLD: Wish You Wear Here tour.
Nike did not miss the opportunity to surprise drop the pair on February 10th, during Scott’s Grammy Awards performance. Early drops through Nike SNEAKRS app are not new tactics for the Swoosh. In one such instance, Justin Timberlake’s JTH Nike Air Jordan 3 surprise-dropped during the singer’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performance in 2018. And in other, it was Kanye West’s final Nike sneaker, the Red October Air Yeezy 2.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG TS SP “Cactus Jack” is set to release on April 26th at select Jordan Brand retailers and Nike.com. You can buy it for £132.
As seen on the rapper’s most recent IG post, it also appears that there might be another special edition AJ1 “Cactus Jack” this year. He took the stage to perform at the Grammy’s sporting Air Jordan 1 Low in tan and black colourway, equipped with the flipped Nike swoosh in white on the lateral side. The pair is scheduled for September release.
Since Houston Oilers Air Jordan 4 pair debuted last year, different colourways have made their way around the internet for months. One was the limited Friends and Family edition Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 Purple. Another unreleased iteration is Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 Olive which is also rumored to be a Friends & Family pair. The first pair we’ve seen comes with mismatched white and black mid soles, featuring an olive nubuck upper with black accents. There is a version of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 with all-black soles.
The “Olive” colourway was rumored for late 2018 release which did not happen. It remains to be seen whether there will be a release this year.
Last, but not least we did get a first look at a third “Cactus Jack” Air Force 1 in the works. The uppers are equipped with patched-together premium textiles. The colours are brown mixed with purple and navy. A metallic “Texas” button blinks from the heel, and some interesting patterns and graphics are part of the features of the shoe.
While you wait for more pictures and official release date of this brand new silhouette, you can read more about Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”.
When you think about space travel, what is first thing that comes up in your mind? Let us give you a hint. You will need proper equipment. Something light, yet durable and extremely comfortable. Something in which you would be able to fly, or at least you would feel like you are flying. We might have the right solution for you, here on Earth – Jordan Brand’s Proto-React.
Last autumn Nike released Air Jordan XXXIII introducing the Flight Utility design. “As we focus on the future, we need to lead with innovation. We call this Flight Utility, and it’s about designing for the future — extrapolating from the core Jordan Brand DNA along an innovation and function-first approach,” said David Creech, VP of Design for Jordan Brand Shoes, in a piece which he wrote for Nike.com.
Jordan Proto-React is part of the Flight Utility range which also includes the Jordan Apex-Utility among the AJ XXXIII. Unlike its retro-futuristic mate Nike Air Max 720, Jordan Proto-React looks like it has travelled all the way from a galaxy which is millions of light years away.
The shoe features Nike’s latest cushioning innovation – Nike React. The Swoosh designed the breakthrough footwear foam to match the needs of sprinters and basketball players. Nike asked them what they wanted and they delivered. They needed better cushioning, they wanted better energy return, they needed lightweight and lasting shoes. Four opposite qualities in one material. Why opposite? Because foam can provide either cushioning or energy return. And it can be either lightweight or durable. Not all simultaneously. But Nike React is all of those four things in one. Talking about the future.
The Jumpman’s design team created the Jordan Proto-React silhouette as one of the most unique pairs of shoes we have ever seen. A pure lifestyle sneaker, yet performance driven, it hones in on the qualities of a basketball shoe. Its name derives from the prototype-like look with exposed stitching, taped seams, and minimal branding details.
The silhouette is technical, mimicking an astronaut’s space suit. The uppers are made of nylon with exposed stitching and durable straps. Below you will find a React foam-based mid sole and a spaghetti-like traction pattern. There are adjustable straps on the heel, Jumpman branding is placed on the heel tab, and on the tongue you can spot a reflective detailing.
The Proto-React debuted in four colourways during September 2018’s unveil of the Air Jordan 33. The pair came in three different shades of grey, with metallic and neon looks, and there was also a white version.
Recently another all-new colourway arrived early in Japan, giving a nod to Chicago Bulls. The upper comes in black, red branding is on the tongues, heels, and outer sole, and the React foam underneath is white.
The Jordan Proto React will make its debut later on this Spring season at select Jordan Brand retailers and Nike.com.
Justin Timberlake’s exclusive Air Jordan 3 has dropped in stores, with a wider global release expected in May.
Air Jordan fans have been impatiently expecting the latest color scheme and customers globally will be able to get a pair at a price of around £140.
The brand new version of the classic Air Jordan, dubbed 3 JTH, is not only special because of Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and Justin Timberlake’s signatures on the inside the tongues – the model also features a 3M Swoosh, which was included on Hatfield’s original Air Jordan 3 sketch but never made it to the final design.
The Jordan 3s were officially launched 12 years ago for the purpose of raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Hence, the Air Jordan Retro “Katrina” moniker, which was followed by Air Jordan “Fire Red” and later the “White/Cement” models.
“I grew up idolizing Mike [Jordan], and ever since we met, he and I have always had a great relationship,” Timberlake commented on the collaboration. “Working together with his team to make shoes that we love was always something we wanted to do. So when we had success with the ‘Legends,’ we knew we would have to find another great moment to do that again. This album and really this specific performance felt like the right—and even bigger and better—moment to collaborate.”
The exclusive Justin Timberlake and Air Jordan 3 collaboration is set to release on the singer’s online shop as well.