Three Skate Sneakers That Don’t Care That You Can’t Kickflip

It’s been a big year for skate sneakers with crossover, non-skater appeal. A$AP Rocky revived the ultra-puffy, nostalgia-packed Osiris D3 for his ongoing collaboration with Under Armor. Tyshawn Jones was given his brand-new signature sneaker from Adidas; the result was a clean-looking pair of kicks with enough pizzazz to win over most stubborn of hypebeasts. Now, the two giants of the sneaker world—Nike and Adidas—are both releasing skate-friendly shoes covetable to appeal to sneaker lovers who can’t even kickflip.

The first shoe sees Nike Skateboarding teaming up with Air Jordan on a limited-edition colorway of the Air Jordan 1 Low, with the design-assist from the legendary skater Eric Koston, who recalls missing out on the baby blue sneaker back in 1986, when he was a kid. Dubbed “Dark Powder Blue,” the sneaker pays homage to North Carolina, Michael Jordan’s alma mater. The classic silhouette has been given several new details, like a more extended vamp and resized swoosh. Koston’s signature is even featured on the inside tongue—which, when flipped, reads “$24.99” on the underside, the same price for that pair he missed out on back in the day.

On the Three Stripes side of things, Adidas has handed over creative control to Na-Kel Smith, a team-rider who has much swagger on the board as off it. (You might also recognize him as one of the stars in Jonah Hill’s Mid90s.) The pro skater dug into the archive and picked out the Nizza, a 1970s-era basketball sneaker that comes in both high-top and low-top variations. For the high top, Smith dressed up the sneaker in a neon green, while the low model sticks to a much more understated black color scheme. Both shoes have also been refined for skateboarding, with a double suede toecap, vulcanized sole, and streamlined padding.

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