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Nike Air Rift QS

In 1996, Nike created a trainer/sandal hybrid called the Nike Air Rift. The design of the Air Rift was inspired by the barefoot running style of Kenyan distance runners and the debut style was made in the colours of the country’s flag to honour the champion athletes.

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The name came from Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the nation’s signature characteristic and the fault line also provided a second source of inspiration for the shoe’s defining characteristic: a decoupled toe that created articulation between the wearers first and second toes.

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Now relaunched for SS15 the Air Rift remains true to its original with the defining split-toe, a flexible natural motion outsole and two Velcro closures on the heel and midfoot to secure the foot with a customizable fit.

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The OG and Concord colourways with launch on Monday 27th April and will be available online and in-store.



Nike “STOP FOR AIR” #airmaxday

Last night we had the pleasure of attending the Nike STOP FOR AIR party to help celebrate #airmaxday.


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Not only was the venue incredible, the atmosphere was electric, with sneakerheads, tv personalities, rappers and sneaker fans a plenty!


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Music was provided by Siobhan Bell on the decks and big acts Skepta and Boy Better Know, the grime and hip hop lovers were in their element.



The event was held in Wapping Power Station which proved to be an amazing host. In amongst old machinery were Nike installations documenting the AIr Max timeline, starting with the Air Max 1 and ending with the prequel shoe, the Air Max Zero. There was also a presentation room where the best of our very own OFFSPRING HQ Air Max were on display and competing against other sneaker stores, such as Size?, Foot Patrol and Sneakers ‘n’ Stuff.

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The biggest spectacle of the event was the incredible 360 degree camera, which captured the guests in their Air Max and creating some stand-out poses. If we are honest we could of played in there all night and it was by far the talk of the event.


Great venue, great music, great food provided by Bird and great atmosphere, all in all we had a fantastic time and cannot wait until next year!

Thanks for having us Nike!

Check out everyone rocking their Air Max on #offspringairmax



Air Max Zero: Timeline of Air Max History

The One before the 1, the Nike Air Max Zero has been revealed just in time for Air Max Day on the 26th March 2015.

The story behind this much coveted Air Max Zero came about when Nike Design Director Graeme McMillan came upon an old sketch by legendary designer Tinker Hatfield that pre-dated Hatfield’s iconic Air Max 1 model. According to Hatfield, the sketch was literally ahead of its time: “Not just in regards to its appearance, but also in terms of the construction it required,”.

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The key detail of this unrealized trainer is the visible Air Unit that sits on the heel, for the upper Tinker used the Sock Racer technology and added support with an external strap that wraps around the heel. That design function would later come to power in the Air Huarache in 1991. However at the time, the Nike thought the sketch to be too advanced, so Tinker was forced to reinterpret the inside-out concept that was inspired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, and the result was the Air Max 1.

The Air Max Timeline

Air Max 1

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The first of its kind, the Air Max 1 was originally released in this OG colourway in 1987 and some speculate that it should be called the Air Max 87 to mark the year of birth. It was the first trainer to display the Air Cushioning through a small window in the sole and marked the beginning of an iconic technology that we still love to this day.

Air Max 90

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The evolution on the Air Max 1 saw the arrival of the larger than life Air Max 90, initially reffered to as the Air Max III until 2000. Originally released in the “Infrared” colourway, a colourway that is still favoured by many, the 90 had an exaggerated mid sole and thermoplastic strap technology.

Air Max 93

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The most noticable feature of the Air Max 93 was the 270 degree exposed Air Sole unit, revealing more than it ever had. The sole unit contained more air and therefore greater protection and comfort. It was also the first model to have a coloured sole Air Sole unit and the upper featured a sock like fit, similar to the Air Huarache, released in 1991.

Air Max 95

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Nike designer Sergio Lozano drew inspiration from the human body for the Air Max 95, with the midsole representing the spine, the panels being the muscle fibres, the loopholes the ribs and the mesh is the skin. The Air Max 95 featured minimal branding with just a small Swoosh to the side heel and added more visible Air Sole units to the toe and heel.

Air Max 97

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A model that looked like it was designed by NASA, the Air Max 97 was in fact inspired by the high speed Japanese Bullet Train. The sleek design and metallic silver colourway combined with the 3M reflective panels on the upper provided a space like appearance and the shoe feattured a fully visible Air Sole unit.

Air Max 180

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An undderated classic, the Air Max 180 contained 50% more air than previous models and the Air Sole unit was now visible through a protected outsole underneath the trainer.

Air Max 2003

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A stripped down and minimalist style, the Air Max 2003 featured a perforated, slick upper for breath-ability and a fully visible Air Sole unit.

Air Max 360

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Released in 2006, the Air Max 360 offered athletes the smoothest and most durable ride ever created, thanks to an Air component that is visible from every angle. The Air Max 360 shoe allows an even greater focus on providing the ultimate comfort and performance and has no foam, no midsole – just Air.

Air Max 2015

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The Air Max 2015 maintains the full length Air Sole unit like its predecessors, adding Dynamic Flywire technology for a more supportive fit. The mesh upper provides a breathable and lightweight run and the internal sock like bootie makes for a perfect fit.

With more colourways and models coming out of the Air Max family, the heritage sneaker style keeps us guessing every month of every year.



Playstation ’94 Pop Up Shop

If anyone happened to find themselves walking down Bethnal Green Road in London last night they would have seen a pretty big queue developing next to a blacked out shop. The people looked like the familiar sneaker release crowd but it wasn’t the latest Jordan they are queuing through the night for, its the 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4.


To honour 20 years of PlayStation fever, Sony have released a special edition PlayStation 4 in the same grey as the original and are selling it for….wait for it….£19.94!

But there is a catch, there are only 94 in the stock room, hence the huge queue and the recipient has to be in possession of a piece of PlayStation memorabilia and a super secret password in order to receive this bargain.


This pop up store in East London is decked out like it has time travelled from 1994 and will have all the retro game favourites. It is open for 3 days only and will stock the full price Anniversary PlayStation from Thursday for £399 with all proceeds from the pop up going to the charity Games Aid.

To celebrate this exciting store opening we thought we would showcase some of our favourite 90’s trainers in case you decide to visit and want to get into the spirit of things.


The adidas Equipment Running models were released in 1991 as part of a performance range and boasted the adidas Torsion system which allows for movement and stability. The colourway of white, green and black is the OG colourway of this collection.


The iconic Nike Air Huarache also released in 1991 was the first to display the unique stretch grip neoprene sock fit upper. Inspired by the Native American sandal from where it takes its name, the Air Huarache doesn’t feature the Swoosh but has Nike written across the heel strap.

The PlayStation pop up shop is open for 3 days only from today and will close on Friday 12th December.




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Launching 02.12.14 | Nike x Liberty

The wait is almost over and we can reveal that the Nike x Liberty AW14 collection is launching on Tuesday 2nd December.

The collection showcases a mix of Nike’s favourite styles and 3 new sneakerboot versions to blend the old with the contemporary. This is also reflected in the archive print used as Nike has updated the heritage Belmont Ivy print with an overlay of polka dots.


The hero of the hour is of course the iconic Air Max 1, a style that epitomises classic Nike and is a firm favourite in every Nike x Liberty collection in which it has featured.


The dark blue version of the print adorns the updated Air Max 1 Sneakerboot, taking the style higher with a padded ankle support.


First released in 1972, the Blazer had a huge revival 3 years ago and we still love this clean cut, vintage silhouette.


With running styles fully represented, it makes sense to add a bit of basketball with the iconic Air Force 1.


With wedge trainers still a favourite for women, Nike have updated the Air Force 1 with this Lunar Force 1 Sky Hi, slimming it down and adding a heeled Lunar sole.


Last year saw the return of the Internationalist and since then we can’t get enough of it, so it made sense for Nike to give us the option of the classic and the new Mid, sneakerboot update.

This collection will launch in-store and online here on Tuesday 2nd December.



Black Friday Release: Jordan VI ‘Infrared’

The Air Jordan VI ‘Infrared’ is almost here and we at OFFSPRING HQ cannot wait. This highly anticipated Black Friday launch is set to be a big one as its been 4 years since its last release.

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First released in 1991, the Jordan VI made the headlines when Michael Jordan himself won his first championship over the LA Lakers whilst wearing this exact pair.


This remastered retro version sports a premium black nubuck upper with a 3M reflective underlay beneath the perforated sides. It is finished off with infrared and grey accents and a classic Jordan ice blue sole.

The Jordan VI ‘Infrared’ is launching in-store and online here, on Friday 28th November.




COMING SOON | Nike x Liberty

Nike x Liberty is back with it’s tenth collaboration and for the first time updating a heritage print with a modern polka dot overlay.


Using some of Nike’s favourite silhouettes and adding 3 new sneakerboot styles, this AW14 collection takes on the Belmont Ivy print in navy and burgundy for a classic, autumnal feel.

When taking a closer look at the print the ivy leaves are in fact ripped up pieces of the One Pound note, a subtle nod to Liberty’s British heritage.

The Nike x Liberty collection is launching in store and online here on 2nd December.




Nike Sneakerboots Collection – Air Max 90

Built around the idea that “more is more,” the Nike Air Max 90 defined an era of excess and bigger-than-life personalities.

Ho14_SneakerBoots_Hero_Mens_AirMax90_33423 In the past, dreadful weather confined the Air Max 90 to the wardrobe, but now the SneakerBoot version breaks that boundary.


The powerhouse Nike designer Tinker Hatfield created the original Nike Air Max 90 more than two decades ago, and the beloved shoe isn’t easy to adapt, explains designer Ben Yun about the SneakerBoot creation process:

“It was very intimidating. The shoe is so well recognized, I sometimes feel like changing it in any way is at some level destroying it” 

Yun then ruminated on the core characteristics of Nike SneakerBoots: timeless Nike footwear styles, lightweight functionality and rugged resistance to the elements.


After honing the aesthetics of the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot, Yun then addressed functionality. The fully lined, gusseted, and waterproof upper combines with a reflective Swoosh logo, tongue, and quarter panels, as well as an aggressive outsole pattern to make the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot winter’s worst nightmare. Other details include oversized eyestays and heel-tabs, and the classic Air Max 90 midsole design that preserves the original DNA that makes the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot unmistakably Air Max.





Summer 2014 sees the release of a brand new silhouette from Nike, the Air Flight Squad QS trainer. Part of a Quickstrike pack, the first of the two styles to drop is the ‘white safari’ and features a retro look with a mixed colourway of white leather uppers, grey safari printed panels, red accents and a black speckled midsole all sat atop an icy blue outsole.



The Air Flight Squad is expected to launch in store and online here on Saturday 21st June 2014


COMING SOON: Air Max 93 “OG” Pack

It has been over 20 years since Tinker Hatfield created the Nike Air Max 93 and this retro style is back with the “OG” pack, sporting the original “Citrus” and ” Menthol” colourways.


Keeping true to the original design, the Air Max 93 features a white leather and mesh upper with the classic bright 90’s colours on selected panels. With a neoprene sock like fit, reminiscent of the Huarache and Mowabb, the Air Max 93 was the first to feature a blow moulded cushioned sole with all around visible Air Unit, dubbed the ‘bubble’.

Coming soon to all Offspring stores and online here.