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Nike Air Max 1 “Air Max Day”

March 26, 1987 saw the release of one of Nike’s most iconic trainers, the Air Max 1. This revolutionary shoe featured the first visible Air cushioning in the sole and changed how Nike developed running trainers. With suede and nylon mesh uppers and the iconic Swoosh at the side, the Air Max 1 held on to the classic Nike aesthetic but took a huge contemporary step with its visible technology.


27 years have passed and we have seen the Air Max incorporated in many Nike styles, mixing with a variety of colourways, materials and newer Nike technology, such as Hyperfuse and Lunar. In celebration of nearly 3 decades of Air soles, Nike are declaring March 26th “Air Max Day”, encouraging Nike fans to wear their favourite Air Max trainers and share with the world via social media.

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To coincide with the marking of “Air Max Day”, Nike are launching a limited edition Air Max 1 that features the OG ‘University Red’ colourway with a bright Volt yellow sole, fusing the past and the present. The trainer is finally topped off with ‘3.26’ detail on the tongue to mark this Swoosh sanctioned holiday.

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The Quickstrike Air Max 1 “Air Max Day” is currently sold out on our website but still available in Offspring stores, check your local store for availability.

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Here are a handful of favourite Air Max’s from some of the team at Offspring HQ, so make sure that like us you wear your favourite Air Max’s and post them on Facebook, Twitter (@offspringshoes) or Instagram and use the hashtag #OFFSPRINGAMDay so we can all join in with the celebration of one of the best Nike trainers of all time.

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Nike Crescent City Collection

Another innovative pack from sporting heavyweights Nike, showcasing a collection that takes inspiration from Louisiana, also known as Crescent City. Year after year, the US basketball league’s best come together to compete for bragging rights in a showcase of premier talent and this year’s festivities are held in the heart of New Orleans.

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As the NOLA Gumbo League Collection pays homage to what happens on the hardwood, the Nike Sportswear Crescent City Collection showcases the characteristics that make New Orleans different from anywhere else: the food, culture and distinctive wildlife. These three qualities take centre stage on Nike’s Flystepper 2K3, Air Up ’14, and Air Force 1 Low Comfort, designs as unique as the city that inspired them.

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In New Orleans, alligators are king of the land and remembrance of another king’s first pair of Nike’s, the Flystepper 2K3 combines an elevated silhouette and adds the signature perforated quarter panels of the Zoom 2K3. Featuring black faux-alligator strap enclosures, the real tribute to the tough skin of Alligator Mississippi  takes form in a raised synthetic mesh covering the toe.

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 As the best of the best come together in the Big Easy, the Nike Air Force 1 Low Comfort pays tribute in kind. Like Louisiana’s favourite dish, gumbo, the latest Air Force 1 is a collage of the most memorable Nike Sportswear upper materials,such as foamposite and cork and prints including elephant, alligator, pony hair, and safari.

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Crawfish are a NOLA staple and any New Orleanian will tell you they are best when boiled. A crave-worthy take on the Nike Air Up mimics fresh-out-of-the-pot crawfish. The Air Up 2014 gets the job done with no seasoning required, featuring a crustacean-red upper complete with water droplets and a steamy graphic.

Get your hands on the Quickstrike styles from this limited and unique pack online here and in selected Offspring stores. Check your local Offspring store for availability.

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Year of the Horse

To celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse, a couple of our favourite sportswear giants have some new limited releases in honour of the Chinese New Year.

First up is Nike’s women’s pack, featuring some staple trainer styles that you ladies love. The newly popular Dunk Sky Hi with its hidden wedge and two classics, the Air Max 1 and Air Force 1 High.

Symbolic design notes reflect the Chinese calendar, showcasing an aged grey leather base with metallic gold accents and a red equine emblem embroidered on the tongue and heel. In Chinese tradition gold represents elegance, luxury and good fortune and the red is there to give good luck, so make sure you snap up a pair of these lucky limited editions.

The Nike ‘Year of the Horse’ pack will be available in selected Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.com. The Air Force 1 High will be released on Saturday 8th February, the Air Max 1 on the 15th February and the Dunk Sky High on the 1st March.

Vans celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse comes in the form of a four piece capsule collection using a Vans classic style the Sk8-Hi. Vans worked with over 15 different Chinese creative personalities who worked around the ideas of following one path with unrestrained expression and freedom, character traits of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac.

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The Sk8-Hi pack takes on a lavish faux horse hair upper with suede overlays, in four dashing colours of chilli pepper red, cherry blossom pink, navy and a limited edition black. The trainer is peppered with some noteworthy details such as a tapered tan leather heel counter that extends to the top line, matching tan waxed laces and a special Year of the Horse label sewed onto the tongue and stamped on the insert. The handsome upper rests atop a clean and familiar white rubber outsole with a subtle touch of detail at the tip of the waffle some in the form of a horse shoe.

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The Vans ‘Year of the Horse’ pack are available in selected Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.

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Air Jordan III ‘Powder Blue’

One of the most popular Jordan models, the Air Jordan III is back with a fresh colourway for 2014. The ‘Powder Blue’ features a soft blue nubuck leather upper, accented with black and the iconic elephant print along the heel and toe cap. A classic silhouette that keeps coming back with an exciting mix of fresh and OG colourways, it’s understandable that it has become a Jordan lovers favourite.

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Released on Saturday 18th January, the Air Jordan III ‘Powder Blue’ is available at all London Offspring stores and Offspring Selfridges in Birmingham and Manchester.

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12 Kicks PT12: Nike Dunk Sky Hi ‘NYE Party Pack’

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To get us ready for the party celebrations as the year comes to a close is the Nike Dunk sky Hi from the NYE Party Pack. Featuring an all over ‘Glacier Blue’ colourway, it has a rich premium metallic silver leather with a lizard skin emboss. The Nike Dunk Sky Hi takes a legendary style to new heights with its basketball inspired silhouette and a concealed wedge for a unique feminine sneaker style. Also in the NYE Party Pack are the Air Max 1 and Blazer available here.

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12 Kicks PT10: Nike Stefan Janoski

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From Nike’s ‘SB’ skate collection are the Stefan Janoski’s. Launched in 2009, it was the signature shoe of the famous skateboarder. With Nike representing a huge range of sports professions, the skate styles are unique and understated. The low profile style comes in a variety of suede, leather and canvas and a broad range of colourways.

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12 Kicks PT11: Nike SC Trainer Hi ‘Ohio State’

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Another Quickstrike release to honour the spirit of the Ohio State football team. The trainer features a letterman style chenille ‘O’ on the tongue and a branded ‘’ on the outsole, split between two shoes. The university colours of red, black and silver feature on the mostly white perforated leather upper and sits atop a red speckled midsole. To finish the insole features Ohio State’s buckeye leaf in an all over print, completing this limited premium team edition.

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12 Kicks PT 8: Air Jordan 11 ‘Gamma’

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The holiday seasons most anticipated release, the Air Jordan 11 ‘Gamma Blue’ are sure to be on every sneakerhead’s Christmas list. A new colourway for the Air Jordan 11 model, it features a black upper with gamma blue and yellow accents and a blue translucent sole. A hype favourite, the Air Jordan 11 is sure to fly just like the Jumpman himself.

Released on the 21st December, they will be available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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12 KICKS PT6: Nike Air Max 1

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A trainer that fell under the radar for many years and returned with full force, becoming a firm favourite and the ultimate Nike classic. First released in 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 has become a retro favourite and continues to evolve with new colourways, fabrics and Nike’s latest technology. With such a variety available and releases dropping frequently the Nike Air Max 1 is definitely here to stay this time.

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12 Kicks Pt1: Nike Air Trainer SC II ‘Megatron’

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A Quickstrike release, this Nike Air Trainer SC II is inspired by American football player Calvin Johnson Jr, whose un-guardable force has earned him the powerful nickname ‘Megatron’. Taking his title from the famous Hasbro toy, the Transformers Decepticon leader, Johnson’s superhuman skills push the limits of his position and his game.

Featuring a black nubuck upper with circuit board etchings, a black Swoosh, purple and red accents and the Decepticons logo emblazoned on the heel. Unfortunately these trainers do not transform into robots but they will definitely transform your trainer collection. These powerful kicks are available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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