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Nike Foamposite One & Pro

Nike Foamposite one & Pro

 

Designer

 

Eric Avar

 

Original Release Date

 

1997

 

History

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Back in 1997, Eric Avar created a shoe that still hits the shelves to this day and still make sneaker fanatic around the world line up to get their hands on a pair. The beetle was one of the major inspiration for the foamposite (with its hard exoskeleton). 

 

Penny Hardaway made the shoe famous around the world, but Eric Avar didn't design the shoe for Penny. Originally, the shoe was suppose to be for Scottie Pippen. 

 

The developpment of the Foamposite caused many headaches for Nike. Creating a shoe with minimal stitching and leather that could perform on the court was not an easy task at the end of the 90's. In the end, it's Daewoo, a car and television company, that solved the problem for Nike. 

 

How it's made? 

 

The Foam material starts in a liquid form at a temperature in between 130 and 175 degrees fahrenheit. This solution is then placed in a mold to be cooled down and solidified. The other components of the shoe are then added to complete the shoe that we know today. 

 

The special mold alone cost Nike 750,000$. This explains the very high price point of the foamposite, which was 180$ back in 1997. Poor sales at that price point often lead to the foamposite to hit sales rack. 

 

The suppliers didn't think they would ever retro the foamposite, so they decided to destroy the original mold.

 

Looking back, the foamposite was really a shoe from the future that affected the sneaker scene by its look, price point and technology. 

 

 

The colorways : 

 

1997 Royal

1997 Pearl

1997 Black / Gum

1997 Black / Metallic Silver

1997 Black / Volt

2001 Royal / Black

2002 Varsity Red / Black

2002 Black / Grey

2002 Pearl

2003 University Blue / White

2004 Black / Grey

2006 Dr. Doom

2007 Royal

2007 Blackout

2007 Cough Drop

2007 Cactus

2008 Royal

2008 Metallic Silver

2008 Army

2009 Eggplant

2009 Pearl

2010 Copper

2010 Eggplant

2010 Cough Drop

2010 Pearl

2011 Royal

2011 Electric Green

2011 Pewter

2011 Highlighter

2011 Electric Blue

2011 Pine Green

2011 "Sole Collector"

2012 Red Metallic

2012 Galaxy

2012 Electrolime

2012 Gym Green

2012 Crimson

2012 Polarized Pink

2012 Stealth

2013 Fighter Jet

2013 Suns

2013 Whiteout

2013 Camo

2013 Royal / Wolf Grey

2013 Weatherman

2013 Thermal Map

2013 Doernbecher

2013 Safari

2013 Asteroid

2013 Oregon Ducks

2014 Spider Man

2014 Tech Challenge

2014 Supreme (Black)

2014 Supreme (Red)

2014 "Yeezy"

2014 Shooting Stars (part of the pack)

2014 Concord

2014 Black Suede

2014 Elephant Pink

2014 Wheat

2014 Knicks

2014 Volt

 

Sample / Possible upcoming release :

 

Metallic Gold

Gold Speckles Sample

Metallic Green Sample

Red Suede Sample 1 & 2

Comic Book Sample

3 Pro Samples

What the Foamposite Sample

Brown Sample

 

 

 

Who Wore It

 

Penny Hardaway

They used a black sharpie on the shoe to respect team colors

 

 

2012 celebrity all-star game

 

 

Ray Allen as Jesus Shuttlesworth (in Spike Lee's movie "He Got Game")

 

Mike Bibby

 

Tim Duncan (All-Star Game)

 

Lamar Odom

 

Nick Young

 

 

And Various other NBA and College Basketball Players. 

 

 

Sources : 

 

http://*************.com/news/nike-air-foamposite-the-definitive-guide-to-colorways/

http://www.dtlr.com/blog/1969-12-31-history-of-the-nike-foamposite.html

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