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RE-Fresh: Nike Cortez (1985)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr Our next segment for the RE-Fresh project looks at what may be Nike’s most iconic running silhouette—the Cortez. The Cortez, in short, launched the Nike brand. Some sources have the origin of the Cortez reaching back as far as … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Driving Force (1989)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr For this installment of the RE-Fresh series, we take a look at our third Nike Force model, the Driving Force. We’ve already closely inspected the Air Force 180 worn by Charles Barkley and the Air Force 180 High Pump … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Air Force 180 High (1991)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr David Robinson played the game with fire and unmistakable poise. His on-court persona didn’t, however, match his placid demeanor outside the gym. Many know him as Mr. Robinson, the moniker bestowed on him by a famous Nike campaign, while … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Air Trainer SC II Low (1987)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr Nike began in the early 70s as a company built to serve the specific needs of track athletes. After rapid growth and branching out into other sport-specific models, Nike needed to branch out. In the mid-80s, Americans were hitting … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Air Raid 2 (1993)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr Nike and Spike Lee have a longstanding partnership that most associate with Lee’s portrayal of Mars Blackmon, the loud-mouthed hype-man with fat frames and a Brooklyn-printed biker cap in the Air Jordan commercials. Decades later, Lee continues to be … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Air Tech Challenge II (1990)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr There is nothing subtle about Andre Agassi. His style was rebellious, and both his game and his appearance shook the conservative world of tennis. Strutting into hallowed courts in stonewashed, cut-off jeans over neon biker pants that he wore … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Air Flight Huarache (1992)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr Recently, ESPN did an in-depth documentary on 5 basketball players who changed the college hoops landscape. In a well-rounded look at this landmark recruiting class, the documentary was the highest rated in the network’s history. The Michigan Fab Five—Chris … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Penetrator (1984)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr We started this RE-Fresh segment with the Nike Blazer, the first Nike Basketball sneaker. Made in 1973, the Blazer offered a simple silhouette and a bold swoosh through the midfoot, a design feature has become one of the most … READ MORE

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RE-Fresh: Nike Total Air Foamposite Max (1998)

Produced by: Dan Hwang Written by: Jesse Carr When recalling landmark models from the glory years of Nike Basketball, some models, like the Air Foamposite One, which we detailed in this segment months ago, have reached iconic status because of their future-forward designs and their pop culture … READ MORE