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The Nike Air Max Thea has the gradient look

Jan 29th 2015 at 5:47 PM

From Rio renderings to coveted collabs, this week's edition of Release Rundown is stocked with new and noteworthy sneaker launches. First, Nike's latest "City" pack celebrates Rio with a trio of kicks. Extra Butter is set to launch the latest Saucony in their "Space Race" Pack this weekend, and the "Floral" Nike Free 3.0 Women collection is sure to turn heads and fill carts. Cities keep sizzling with the new Nike Free 5.0 Women "City" Tokyo. This Japanese take on the Nike Free OG continues the recent run of Swoosh city silhouettes, throwing it across the water for a premium take on the model. Lavished for lifestyle, the Tokyo Free OG uses a dark grey long-haired suede upper, detailed with a plethora of vivid colors around the ankle collar and heel. The low-top version of the Nike Kobe 9 is nearly here. Set to launch on Saturday, March 29, the first colorway of the Nike Kobe 9 EM to hit shelves features a university gold upper with black and laser crimson accents, which is reminiscent of the “Bruce Lee” Kobe V. The shoe’s Engineered Mesh upper keeps things lightweight and breathable, while a Lunarlon outsole offers an ultra-soft, responsive ride. It would take a real Air Max aficionado to remember that the Nike Air Max 1 Women has actually combined white, black, and turbo green on a random inline offering from a couple of years back. This 2014 take on that specific color equation has some key differences though – for one it’s the Nike Air Max 90 Essential build. On top of that, the shoe allows for a little bit of neutral grey according to the box tag (The bag on bottom is our best guess for the placing of that shade). The Nike Air Max 90 Women, or Nike Air Max TN, is a sneaker that had the gradient look going from the get go. What separates this pair that just landed from those originals though is the direction of the fade – here the sneakers change color from back to front whereas the “Hyper Blue”, “Orange Tiger”, and the like usually had the colors creeping towards a different shade vertically. The Nike Sportswear “City Pack” that’s coming sticks with remixed version of NSW standards for the most part. The Nike Air Max 90 is represented in part by its ICE variation, as shown by this pair that’s intended for New York City. The shoes feature a graphic overlay for the first time that we can remember on the ICE version, with a polka dot pattern touching the upper. This week is a big one for Air Max, as the line celebrates Air Max Day on the 26th, but there are some great Air Maxes coming out in addition to the special edition Nike Air Max Thea we’ve seen. This version of the Nike Air Max 1 is part of the GPX series, and features a geometric-patterned upper on the 1987 classic. You can always count on the team at Sports to come through with some exclusive Nike Air Max Thea Women. In fact, that silhouette has sort of become their calling card, and they’ve been one of the key purveyors of the straightforward build in this era of Tape, Hyperfuse, Breathe, and the like. This time around they’ve crafted a black and university red style that features an interesting shiny treatment to top of the side lines.

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