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Nike ISPA Link Axis 'Total Orange and Sonic Yellow' | Image: Nike

Sneaker News #92 – Nike’s ‘Entirely Recycled’ Sneaker

Welcome to Sneaker News #92. This week, Nike is going heavy on sustainability with the ISPA Link Axis. It’s the first Nike shoe that can be entirely recycled, referred to as circular. Nike is also going deep on nostalgia with the Nike x Terror Squad Air Force 1 first launched by Fat Joe while also spotlighting Tokyo fashion with the Nike Air Jordan 1 Low SE ‘World Make Japan’. adidas has another hyped Samba collab on the way with Fucking Awesome as well as a premium Stan Smith, redesigned by Craig Green with BOOST technology. Check that all out plus heaps more below.

Nike ISPA Link Axis 'Total Orange and Sonic Yellow' | Image: Nike
Nike ISPA Link Axis ‘Total Orange and Sonic Yellow’ | Image: Nike

The ISPA Link Axis aren’t just shoes; they’re a statement of progress. Crafted with care and a commitment to sustainability, these sneakers are a step towards a circular future. Nike’s first fully circular shoe, the ISPA Link Axis, is designed to leave a lasting impact on both your style and the planet. Every part of these sneakers is built with recycling in mind. It’s a design philosophy that embraces modularity and waste reduction, using interlocking components and minimal materials, all without a drop of glue.

But these sneakers aren’t just eco-friendly; they’re high-performance too. The “blown” plastic midsole and mechanical Nike Air cushioning offer responsiveness and bounce like never before. And the vibrant colours pay homage to the very first Link Axis prototype, now a part of a museum exhibit on the future of circular design. Grab a piece of Nike’s future at Nike on 12th September.

Nike x Terror Squad Air Force 1 | Image: Nike
Nike x Terror Squad Air Force 1 | Image: Nike

Nike x Terror Squad Air Force 1

The Nike x Terror Squad Air Force 1 pays homage to a mythical showdown that never happened, where basketball royalty and Hip-Hop icons were set to collide on New York’s Rucker Park court. While the electricity blackout of 2003 may have dimmed the lights on that epic match, this release brings the energy back.

Crafted as a 1:1 resurrection of the exclusive Fat Joe version, this AF-1 is a time capsule of NYC street culture. It flaunts original colours and premium leather as well as the embroidered Terror Squad initials on the heel seal the deal, celebrating a pivotal moment where music and sports converged. Don’t miss out on owning a piece of this legendary tale when it drops 16th September at Nike.

adidas x Fucking Awesome Samba | Image: adidas
adidas x Fucking Awesome Samba | Image: adidas

adidas x Fucking Awesome Samba

The Fucking Awesome Samba is here, flipping the classic Jason Dill Samba and giving it a fresh twist, sporting a sleek black and white colourway that’s both timeless and edgy. There is plenty of detail to discover here from the debossed FA logo on the tongue to the custom FA sockliner artwork.

Crafted with a full-grain leather upper and synthetic leather stripes, it’s a blend of premium materials that ensures both durability and style. The iconic Samba lines are reimagined with a modern translucent black outsole, providing a contemporary update while paying homage to the original design. Head to adidas right now for your chance to get your hands on a pair.

adidas x Craig Green Stan Smith Boost Low | Image: adidas
adidas x Craig Green Stan Smith Boost Low | Image: adidas

adidas x Craig Green Stan Smith Boost Low

adidas Originals has teamed up with fashion visionary Craig Green for a Stan Smith collaboration. The renowned designer’s innovative creativity shines in this reinvention of the timeless classic. The shoe embodies futuristic minimalism, purposeful design, and meticulous attention to detail.

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What sets it apart is the integration of iconic BOOST technology into both the midsole and upper, delivering exceptional cushioning and responsiveness. This modernised classic retains its signature perforated 3-Stripes and low-profile cupsole while also managing to look like a fresh silhouette. It’s a collector’s piece that carries a pretty large price tag but just one look and you’ll know exactly why. Cop from adidas on September 13th.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Low SE 'World Make Japan' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Jordan 1 Low SE ‘World Make Japan’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 1 Low SE ‘World Make Japan’

The ‘World Make’ collection celebrates Nike’s iconic sneakers, infusing them with the essence of major fashion cities. Enter the ‘World Make Japan,’ a tribute to Tokyo’s sartorial excellence. This rendition transforms the classic AJ-1 Low into a tailored denim masterpiece, complete with intricate accent stitching that’s nothing short of artistry. Every detail, from the tongue label to the insole, pays homage to the global sneaker culture. With tailored denim, decorative stitching, premium quality, and a heritage rubber outsole, ‘World Make Japan’ brings Tokyo’s fashion scene to your feet. Grab a pair from Highs and Lows right now.

New Balance 610T 'Phantom' | Image: Subtype
New Balance 610T ‘Phantom’ | Image: Subtype

New Balance 610T ‘Phantom’

The New Balance 610T sneakers can tackle rugged terrains or navigate through city streets. These sneakers effortlessly fuse contemporary style with a nostalgic nod to the trail-inspired designs of the 2000s, resulting in a shoe that embodies both versatility and comfort. With a C-CAP midsole cushioning system, they provide robust and enduring support, with ultimate cushioning. The synthetic and mesh upper brings together a dark palette of colours inspired by hiking. Head to Subtype now for your chance to grab some of the final pairs.

New Balance x thisisneverthat 550 | Image: New Balance
New Balance x thisisneverthat 550 | Image: Subtype

New Balance x thisisneverthat 550

The thisisneverthat & New Balance 550 sneaker collab offers a nostalgic journey back to the skateboarding and hiking trends of the 1990s. Departing from the conventional leather upper, these sneakers feature a washed canvas construction, available in three colour variations: brown, green, and lavender.

Each hue boasts a subtle faded appearance, complemented by intricate embroidered branding details and black midsoles and outsoles. Additional highlights include a canvas upper, a custom co-branded woven tongue label, embroidered logos at the heel, metal eyelets, and a comfortable EVA midsole. Subtype has these available to cop right now.

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy is the founder of Interns Creative and the writer and co-host of Flopstars Podcast. The New York-based content producer has a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry, specialising in music, fashion and entertainment reporting. Prior to contributing for Man of Many, Sam’s work has been published by such titles as Billboard, NME, Junkee, Music Feeds and Cool Accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.