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Oct 4, 2017
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Interview // Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Designer Talks Future Colorways & Creating the Coziest AJ1 to Date

words & interview // Darren Griffin
photography // Ray P.

Jordan Brand, throughout much of its modern history, has been largely effective in its ability to blend genres to forge new, contemporary products. Utilizing the past as a tool to light a path through the dark and often times unpredictable future has proven savvy for the relatively youthful company. They’ve smartly leaned on their golden-era of design, joining that with what many believe to be a similar period for technological advancements.

The Air Jordan 1 Flyknit encompasses the best of their past happily married to the future of Nike footwear: Flyknit technology – a crowning innovation first introduced back in 2012. The shoe creates an experience both foundational to the Air Jordan 1 and Flyknit, representing an old meets new theme that’s proven effective time and time again.

So, on the heels of the highly regarded Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Royal” release this weekend, we spoke with Andrew Winfield, Footwear Designer for the Jordan Sportswear Team, and one part of a larger team that designed the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit. Winfield, both a design pro and an Air Jordan 1 enthusiast that ranks the Air Jordan 1 Nouveau “BHM” from 2016 as his favorite of all time, spoke to the shoe’s long and detailed design process, why it was important to start with the “Bred” and “Royal” colorways and which Flyknit retros could be next.

Nice Kicks: How long ago did the idea for an Air Jordan 1 Flyknit come about? Then, from that point, how long until the shoe was completed?

Andrew Winfield: The idea has been around for a while now. It was about a year and a half, two year process. The biggest thing we had to solve is what does Flyknit mean, aesthetically and functionally, for sportswear and for Jordan overall? How does that look and how does that function, and where do we want to take it? That was a big part of the process.

Nice Kicks: Flyknit, in general, seems like an easier fabric to manipulate as opposed to leather, but maybe a little harder to form proper shaping and structure for a Jordan 1. Explain the process of molding the shoe to ensure it felt and wore like a Jordan 1.

Andrew Winfield: Well, given the complexities of knit geometry, you might have more of an open knit structure or a tighter, more closed knit structure. Alternatively, you’re trying to turn a flat knitted pattern into three-dimensional foot form, a process that requires a lot of time and patience. So the propensity for the different knit structures to expand and to track when you’re trying to shape this two-dimensional flat into a three-dimensional sock, it’s something that you have to monitor. Especially for the proportions of this knit to match the OG proportions. If you don’t, the shoe can come off looking kind of janky.

So for that process we had to work in tandem with our knit programmer. The Knit Programmer on this model was Erin Stevens. She did a great job. We worked with her to finalize the finished product and to make sure all the proportions matched, ensuring it looked and it felt like a classic OG Air Jordan 1.

Nice Kicks: Were there any variations of the shoe that got left on the cutting room floor? Or was the process itself something that eliminated that possibility?

Andrew Winfield: So that whole process, when we were figuring out what type of knit geometry we wanted to use, that’s a whole process in itself. Our knit programmer will come with different options. Of course, she’ll take from the direction that we give her, but she’ll also come with other options. But it’s also about what makes sense for this product.

This was a very long and extensive process. It took some time. It’s a lot of back and forth, back and forth; what makes sense. Then the knit programmer has to unify the all geometry to create this three-dimensional form, and that process will blow your mind.

Nice Kicks: Leather is a big part of this shoe and, of course, Air Jordan 1 history. You guys implemented leather at the Swoosh, Wings logo, heel tab and liner. Why was that intersect important as opposed to an all-Flyknit Air Jordan 1?

Andrew Winfield: At the end of the day, while we’re creating functional product, we need to tell stories that connect. Keeping the Swoosh and the Wings logo is our connection, our bringback to the OG AJ1. We though it was a good call back. The leather binding, the matte black base tips; these things speak to our focus on finishing the product the way we see fit. It’s just that last 10 percent that consumers don’t see until they have the product in hand.

Nice Kicks: For many – myself included – this is the most comfortable Air Jordan 1 they’ve ever worn. Which says a lot considering a shoe with over three decades of history. Where did comfort weigh on what the design team was attempting to do with the shoe? Because, ultimately, you’ve created the most comfortable Air Jordan 1 ever by many estimations.

Andrew Winfield: We wanted to give the knit structure a very opulent, lofted feel. We wanted you to be able to close your eyes and still feel the original patterns of the AJ1. We also wanted to make sure the stitch had the proper stance and bulk. Lots of times knit can be very deconstructed, to the point where it can collapse. We wanted this shoe to have the proper stance of the original AJ1. With knit you’re going to get a nice, breathable shoe. We wanted to ensure fans got that immediate glove-like comfort that comes with Flyknit.

Nice Kicks: Thinking back to 2007 and the Beginning Moments Pack, which featured special insoles, it marked a critical turning point for the Air Jordan 1 where comfort is concerned. The same, of course, can be said now for the Flyknit AJ1. Given the level of comfort has been significantly raised, and will continue with the “Royal” release this weekend, do you foresee a greater emphasis on comfort moving forward? Premium liners, insoles, etc. on traditional leather pairs?

Andrew Winfield: We try to stay true to our original models. Of course given the opportunity, if the consumer is asking for it, we’ll try to pursue it. As far as the AJ1 Flyknit goes we plan on continuing to build the shoe like the first “Bred” colorway. So all the shoes should be built that way. “Royals” included.

But obviously if you think of the brand, and Nike in general, we always look to evolve. So if there’s an opportunity to evolve and make things better we always look into that opportunity and pursue that direction.

Nice Kicks: Right. And I think the community has felt that most recently with the “Breds,” “Royals” and “Shattered Backboards” before that. Which brings about another thought: Why Flyknit 1s? Why not just more traditional premium leather pairs?

Andrew Winfield: I would say that we’re not really choosing Flyknit over leather. As a brand, we saw an opportunity to provide the consumer with a different experience. If you can diversify your lineup, why not?

Nice Kicks: I agree. I think it’s one of those things that people didn’t really know that they wanted until they got it.

Andrew Winfield: A lot of times we’re not really getting very specific direction from our consumers unless we’re extremely lucky. We get ideas and we have to build that into something that’s tangible and relevant for them. Flyknit is relevant. Air Jordan 1s are relevant. Everybody wants a comfortable shoe. It’s up to us to make sure that we maintain the right experience that will help our consumer in all their endeavors, whether that’s style, function. We just want to create a fulfilling experience.

Nice Kicks: You guys started with the “Bred” and now the “Royal” this weekend, arguably the two most sought after and historically rich Air Jordan 1 colorways. Do you think it was imperative to start this project with those two pairs? To both resonate with brand purists and youthful consumers alike?

Andrew Winfield: Well yeah, those are very iconic colorways. So we definitely wanted to ground the innovation of Flyknit with the heritage and legacy of MJ with those two iconic colorways first. What I can say is that there will be other OG colorways coming.

Nice Kicks: So, that said, why didn’t you guys start with the “Chicago” in lieu of one of the other pairs? Was there a thought behind that or was it just the general consensus of the design team and others involved?

Andrew Winfield: I mean the “Bred” colorway is obviously iconic just because its the “Banned” colorway. It’s part of what sparked that resurgence of the retro market. They sort of built that initial allure outside of just people who were MJ fans. They became a fan of the shoe as well. So the “Bred” colorway had a lot of impact from a larger scope. Given that this is Flyknit, and our first introduction as far as legacy goes, it made sense. This is off-court, this is more of a lifestyle thing – a cultural thing. So it made sense for us to start with the “Bred” as opposed to the “Chicago.”

Nice Kicks: Considering Flyknit is now in play with Jordans, there’s a wealth of possibilities. More OGs like you mentioned, Mids, Lows, Multicolor pairs, etc. Do you foresee any of those things happening?

Andrew Winfield: What I can say is that we’ll work where it makes sense for our consumer. If we see an opportunity to improve the consumers experience, then it will only make sense for us to explore that route.

But, you know, you can kind of guess just based off of Nike’s history and Jordan’s history that if it makes sense we’ll pursue it.

Nice Kicks: I do think that it makes sense given the Air Jordan XXX2 is a throwback to the Air Jordan 2 but also a look to the future in its implementation of Flyknit. It looks to be a growing theme. What are your thoughts on how Flyknit can or will play a role with retros moving forward?

Andrew Winfield: Flyknit isn’t going anywhere. There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity with how we can apply it to different product, whether that’s on or off court. Much of that is to be determined at this moment. But what I’ll say is that Flyknit isn’t going anywhere because people simply want a more comfortable shoe.


Grab an exclusive detailed look at the “Royal” Air Jordan 1 Flyknit ahead of its release slated for October 7th retailing for 0.

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Oct 1, 2017
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Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit ‘Triple Black’ Available Now



Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Triple Black

After the initial launch of the Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit, Jordan Brand took some time off from launching additional color options. That has changed as we have the Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit ’Triple Black’ available now.

This Jordan Trainer features a Flyknit upper along with a mid-foot strap which is covered in Black. Looking closer you will notice hints of Metallic Silver which lands on the tongue and heel. Finishing the look we have Black used again across the rubber outsole.

For those that want to purchase the Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Triple Black, they are now arriving at Jordan Brand retailers which includes buying from Nike.com. Retail price is set at 0. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will show you how they look on feet.

Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit
Black/Metallic Silver-Black
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Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Triple Black

Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Triple Black

Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Triple Black

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Sep 28, 2017
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Nike Flyknit Trainer ‘Citron’ Releasing on October 5th



Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

The Nike Flyknit Trainer releases will continue through the Fall season. Coming soon will be the Nike Flyknit Trainer ‘Bright Citron’ which will debut during October.

This Nike Flyknit Trainer comes dressed in a Bright Citron, Black and White color combination. As you can see the Flyknit uppers feature both Yellow and Black detailing. Following we have Black on the Flywire cables, Nike Swoosh and outsole. Finishing the look is White on the midsole.

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

The Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron will release at select Nike Sportswear retailers including online at Nike.com on October 5th, 2017. Once available, the retail price will be 0. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Continue to scroll below to check out additional photos for a closer look.

Nike Flyknit Trainer
Bright Citron/Black-White
October 5, 2017
AH8396-700
0

Update: Official images of the ‘Citron’ Nike Flyknit Trainer.

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Citron AH8396-700

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

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Sep 28, 2017
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Another Look at the Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron”

The latest in a long line Nike Flyknit Trainers releasing five years removed from its debut back in 2012, the “Bright Citron” appears to be next up to bat. On-foot images of the shoe are revealed today.

Vindicated by Asphalt Gold, this non-OG colorway is one of several that pits light shades against fall climate. The “Cirrus Blue” pair does the exact same. This yellow pair even more so, given its not mustard yellow and closer to canary yellow, typically a spring look.

Expect this Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron” on October 5.

Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron”

Colorway: Bright Citron/Black-White
Style #: AH8396-700
Release Date: October 5, 2017
Price: 0

Nike Flyknit Trainer "Bright Citron"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Bright Citron"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Bright Citron"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Bright Citron”

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Sep 21, 2017
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Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue” // Available Now

Finally releasing in reasonable numbers for the first time since 2012, the Nike Flyknit Trainer drops today in a new colorway dubbed “Cirrus Blue.”

A soft blue shade that glows when combined with Flyknit construction, black accents mark the upper at the Swoosh, tongue, and heel, balancing the look alongside a white midsole. You can pick up the Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue” now for 0 at Sneaker Politics.

Nike Flyknit Trainer

Colorway: Cirrus Blue/Black-White
Style #: AH8396-400
Price: 0

Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”
Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”

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Sep 15, 2017
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COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Flyknit Racer “Bow” Lands Overseas

Japanese label COMME des GARÇONS persists in their collaborative dealings with Nike given this softened take on the Flyknit Racer. After working with the brand on both the Air Force 1 and Air VaporMax, Rei Kawakubo and company turn their attention to the Flyknit Racer.

This take essentially pairs the model’s “Triple White” iteration with a black bow at the forefoot. It’s a similar concept to the aforementioned Air Force 1 Low, which featured noir graphics atop an all-white palette.

CDG’s take on the Nike Flyknit Racer can be had now at Dover Street Market’s London location via in-store purchase only.

DSM London

18-22 Haymarket
London, UK
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Comme des Garçons x Nike Flyknit Triple Racer now available from the Comme des Garcons Space. First Floor. @CommedesGarcons @NikeLab

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Sep 4, 2017
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Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Wolf Grey” // First Look

On September 9, Jordan Brand will release the very first edition of the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit. Debuting in a “Banned” colorway, the release will soon be followed by a “Royal” edition in October. And, likely before fall makes way for winter, we’ll also see this “Wolf Grey” pair hit stores.

Likely to be among the first non-OG Flyknit 1 colorways, the shoe boasts a clean grey upper matched with Golden Harvest Swoosh branding and Wings logo. A gum outer punctuates the look below.

Grab a first look at the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Wolf Grey” below and expect official release details soon.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Wolf Grey”

Colorway: Wolf Grey/Gum Yellow-White-Golden Harvest
Style #: 919704-025

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Sep 4, 2017
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Russell Westbrook Shows Fans How to Style the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” in China

Russell Westbrook, while spending the weekend out in China as a part of his Jordan Brand summer tour, took the opportunity to offer a new styling point of view for the upcoming Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned.”

With a black bucket hat over his head and a cropped, short-sleeve sweatshirt paired with patterned pants tucked deep into tall white tube socks, The Brodie donned the highly anticipated Flyknit 1s as only he could. Effortlessly, of course, Russ laced maybe half of the shoe allowing the tongue to hang overtop the upper. This vantage displays a yarn spool behind the tongue in reference to the models Flyknit construction and 1985, the year in which the Air Jordan 1 was originally produced.

Russ also donned the Air Jordan XXX2 on his international summer trip. In fact, he participated in a trial camp with media through a skills challenge in the upcoming shoe.

Take a look at The Brodie styling the Flyknit 1s and let us know how you plan to rock your pair when they release on September 9.

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Aug 30, 2017
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Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy” // Available Now

The stylish Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer returns in a sleek “College Navy” colorway.

Sporting a Flyknit upper with a colorful combination of gray, blue and white, the ’80s inspired racer has Zoom Air cushioning for low profile comfort and a gum rubber outsole for everyday durability. Also of importance, a quick-lace system gives the racer a slip on quality in regards to how easy it is to put on and pull off.

Available now for 0, the Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy” can be scooped up from Sneaker Politics.


Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy”

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy”

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy”

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy”

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “College Navy”

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Aug 22, 2017
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Nike Flyknit Trainer “Olive” // First Look

More Nike Flyknit Trainers are forthcoming this fall, with many being new colorways that we’ve yet to see at retailers. Given we’re headed into autumn, many of the pairs will be dressed in neutrals and earth tones.

This olive pair is the perfect example to that end, operating on a dark green Flyknit upper matched with black accents at the Swoosh branding, tongue and heel. Release details for this Nike Flyknit Trainer “Olive” are scarce, but keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more.

Nike Flyknit Trainer "Olive"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Olive”

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Aug 21, 2017
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Nike Flyknit Trainer Purple/Black // First Look

Later this week the global release of the Nike Flyknit Trainer OG will stand as one of the last great retros of summer. Yet far more releases are to come, both OG and otherwise, this fall and on into frigid temperatures this winter.

Today a clean Purple/Black colorway has emerged boasting lush Flyknit fabrication and traditional Trainer midsole tooling. No release details for this pair are currently known. Stay tuned for more.

Nike Flyknit Trainer Purple/Black
Nike Flyknit Trainer Purple/Black

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Aug 21, 2017
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Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit ‘BHM’ Releasing February 2018



Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM Release Date

The Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM will be apart of the 2018 Black History Month Collection from Jordan Brand and will release during February 2018.

This Air Jordan 1 will come dressed in a Black, Lucid Green and University Red color combination. While we wait upon a first look, we do know that the model will be constructed with Flyknit across the uppers. In addition, premium leather will be used on the Nike Swoosh, Wings branding and tongue. The last detail will be ‘BHM’ branding.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM Black History Month Release Date

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit ‘BHM’ will release at select Jordan Brand retailers during February 2018. Once available, the retail price will be 0. Once we have more information and a first look, we will make sure to update you. Make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit BHM
Black/Lucid Green/University Red-Black
February 2018
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