SNEAKER GALLERY By BALLZY

SNEAKER GALLERY By BALLZY

Stop, pop, shut 'em down, open up shop! Oh, yes, that's how Ballzy roll. Do you know this track? Basically, that was the situation a few weeks ago when Ballzy got an offer to open a pop-up store. No stress they said. Yup. From idea to opening – exactly 2 weeks. Easy breezy! One thing was certain - that in Ballzy there is no place for ordinary concepts. We dropped a Ballzy blue paint bomb at Alfa. First leg done. check! Next up, Ballzy OG Karmo Ruusmaa dug out his coolest art pieces and served them on the walls with some Ballzy sauce. Second leg done. Check! Third, we called to our A-Team, who drove his legendary bus to Ballzy Sneaker Gallery and dropped off a bunch of good stuff for you. Third leg done! And fourth, the cherry on the top, Ballzy took out their sneaker collection and for the first time ever we present to you - BALLZY's toughest set of sneakers. In this collection you can see… well, you must come to Ballzy Sneaker Gallery pop-up in the Alfa Center where Art, Hype and Sneakers meet to find out!

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Location: Alfa Centrs, Brīvības gatve 372, Riga, 1st floor

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The Expedition will be open until the 15th of October 21.00.

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Event link: Sneaker Gallery

 

 

NIKE MARS YARD OVERSHOE BY TOM SACHS

 

Toms Sachs and Nike have done collaborations in the past and they have recieved a lot of praise from sneakerheads around the globe. But the Mars Yard Overshoe, design-wise was definently the most ambitious sneaker he has done with Nike. The overshoe contains a pair of Mars Yard 2.0 shoes stitched into inner layer, covered with waterproof Dyneema material for warmth. The bag is cinched by a tension cord and secured into place with magnetic buckles that can also be rolled down when indoors, allowing the feet to breathe. The winter appropriate silhouette is balanced atop a rugged SFB sole unit in icy blue and nicknamed the “March Yard” for the frigid weather in New York during the month.

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RELEASE DATE: 05/09/2019

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RETAIL: 550€

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RESELL: 600€

 

CACTUS PLANT FLEA MARKET NIKE AIR VAPORMAX 2019

 

The DIY aesthetics of Cactus Plant Flea Market have surely come into their own in recent years, recruiting the production talents of industry native NIGO while alluring the influential multi-hyphenate Pharell. In their first footwear collaboration with Nike — sitting a bit after a small, limited apparel capsule the imprint is touching up the forward-facing Vapormax 2019 in a playful style expressive of an indescribable “human quality.” Sitting on the fold of technical and bashfully lifestyle, the release starts with 3D printed lettering, spelling out “JUST DO IT” along the lateral of the left foot and medial on the right. Their signature double eyed smiley face rest atop the heel counter in bright yellow, contrasting the mostly earth tone palette created by the off-hued green upper and intersecting grey taping. Bubbled cushion transition from a bold red from underneath the forefoot and translucent black towards the rear while the most effective pop of color forms a swoosh in a bright green garden wiring. 

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This collaboration came out just when the vapormax wave was at it's peak. Although it was released as a womens exclusive, it gained traction among male sneakerheads and the prices skyrocketed right after the release (especially the bigger sizes). 

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RELEASE DATE: 05/14/2019

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RETAIL: 250€

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RESELL: 650€

 

 

ADIDAS YEEZY FOAM RNNR “OCHRE”

 

The Yeezy Foam Runner is a footwear model designed by musical artist and creative Kanye West. First debuted on the soles of his daughter North West in 2019, the clog-like silhouette immediately sent the sneaker world into a frenzy for its strong similarities to the Croc.In terms of its design, the Yeezy Foam Runner is without any laces or moving parts, and sports an alien-esque/porous construction whose chunky rear evokes memories of the adidas Yeezy 700. Material-wise, they are partly consisted of algae a decision stemmed from Kanye West's commitment to producing more sustainable product as well as EVA Foam.

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They made their official public debut on June 26th, 2020 through a surprise drop exclusively on Yeezy Supply. Retailed at $75 USD, the colorway they've dubbed the “Ararat” a nod to the Mount Ararat volcano located in Turkey, sold out instantly, and now sits at three times its initial price on the resell market. The same can be said for the other colorways that have released.

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RELEASE DATE:  08/02/2021

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RETAIL: 80€

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RESELL: 300€

 

NIKE SB DUNK LOW GRATEFUL DEAD BEARS OPTI YELLOW

 

Wildly-colored forthcoming Nike SB Dunk Lows are rumored to pay homage to the Grateful Dead Bears—a series of stylized dancing bears that first graced the back cover for the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) in 1973. Since then, they've become a symbol of the band and the fun-loving spirit of its fanbase, inspiring a wide range of collectibles including plush toys, bumper stickers, magnets and even costumes.

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The shoe itself is an interpretation of the actual bears. It features a fuzzy, faux fur upper and jagged Swoosh branding inspired by the bears' jester collars. You'll also notice a stash pocket behind the tongue, which aligns with a certain recreational activity that Deadheads are known to regularly partake in. It released in three different colorways an orange, red and green. All very loud and out there colorways that standout among other sneakers. 

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RELEASE DATE:  07/24/2020

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RETAIL: 110€

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RESELL: 700€

 

 

ADIDAS YEEZY 450 CLOUD WHITE

 

One of Kanye's latest design ideas has come to life on this Yeezy 450 "Cloud White". The Yeezy 450, the first Yeezy model to be Made in Germany, features a unique design language with an industry-leading technology that uses advanced automated manufacturing throughout the production process. The one-piece premium knit and sock-like construction provides an adaptable fit with exceptional comfort. Meanwhile, a soft PU injected midsole compound offers high-performance rebound and cushioning, delivering an innovative, one-of-a-kind aesthetic.

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RELEASE DATE: 03/06/2021

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RETAIL: 200€

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RESELL: 350€

 

SACAI X NIKE LDV WAFFLE DAYBREAK

 

It doesn’t get more eye catching than the Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle Daybreak. This clean colourway puts plenty of respect back on iconic footwear. But this isn’t just a revival of one classic shoe, Nike have combined style cues from two old-school sneakers. The Nike Waffle and LDV come together in what was one of the most unique hybrids of 2019.

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As you’d expect from anything so unique, this is actually a collaborative release. Nike join Japanese luxury brand Sacai for a collection of clothing and footwear. 

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The upper of the Sacai Waffle Daybreak consists of a lightweight mesh material that features in royal blue. A dual Swoosh sits along the sidewall whilst premium layers of suede add some refined appeal to the toe box. Like many on-trend sneakers of the day, this pair also features some deconstructed elements. Take for example, that chunky tongue which gives a subtle nod to another hyped collab.

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RELEASE DATE: 05/30/2019

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RETAIL: 155€

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RESELL: 700€

 

 

 

OFF-WHITE JORDAN 1 HIGH UNIVERSITY BLUE

 

Ahead of the 2018 Met Gala, Virgil Abloh took full advantage of his convenient access to unreleased Nike footwear. More precisely, the designer chose to officially unveil the upcoming OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 UNC. Just like Virgil’s very first design on the silhouette, this one again draws inspiration from a classic Air Jordan 1 colorway. To clarify: “UNC” is short for “University of North Carolina”, which is Michael Jordan’s alma mater. The North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team’s uniforms famously feature Carolina Blue and White.

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But of course Virgil again puts his own spin on the upcoming OFF-WHITE collab. Just like on 2017’s “Chicago” colorway, the collar overlay sports a subtle grey tone.
Orange accents then come in form of the exposed stitchings on the Swoosh, while a “OFF-WHITE for NIKE” print graces the inner sidewalls. And needless to say, the signature “AIR” and “SHOELACES” letterings also top off this design.

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To still stand out at 2018s Met Gala, Virgil applied the words “FOR RED CARPET ONLY” and “ABLOH” to the midsoles of his personal pair.

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RELEASE DATE: 06/23/2018

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RETAIL: 190€

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RESELL: 2000€

 

 

 

OFF-WHITE JORDAN 4 RETRO SAIL

 

The shoe was debuted on the runway in Off-White™'s Fall/Winter 2020 Women's show in Paris and a signed pair was recently auctioned off, with the final bid of over $185,000 being donated to charity. The OW Jordan 4 is one of Virgil Abloh’s most hyped silhouettes since the original The Ten collection. The full-grain leather upper arrives in a cream colorway with grid mesh and clear textile, giving the shoe an unmistakable deconstructed look popularized by Abloh and Nike in late 2017.  Tonal plastic cages and panels appear on the side and heel, while Abloh and Off-White™'s signature branding is applied just above the Air unit and on the laces. To no surprise, the shoe comes with an Off-White™ zip-tie, as well as a Jordan Brand tag. Simple colorblocking and and the fact that it's a Jordan 4 make it a very desired shoe among sneakerheads. Released as a womens exclusive sneaker has, but still a favorite among male sneakerheads.

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RELEASE DATE: 07/25/2020

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RETAIL: 200€

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RESELL: 2000€

 

 

 

TRAVIS SCOTT NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW CACTUS JACK

 

Travis Scotts and Nike's thrid take on the Air Force 1 is a bit louder and more detail oriented then the two previous ones. La Flame’s latest effort is rife with color and texture, presenting a bold look that’s inspired by rugged workwear garments and his hometown of Houston, Texas. The attention to detail is evident on each and every patch. Jumping from corduroy to canvas and camouflage print, the upper presents a rugged mix of earthy hues contrasted by Cactus Jack branding and a crackling print on the midfoot and towards the heel. Shaggy suedes appear on the mudguards and eyestays, while a supple leather hits the toebox. The workwear inspiration is taken even further by the embellishments, with a removable two-tone lace shroud secured by a heavy-gauge zipper and a heel snap bringing elements of customization to the table. 

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own below, lime green stitching on the white midsole provides an energetic punch of contrast with a classic gum outsole to complete the look. The shoes are also accompanied by a special yellow and blue box, with a translucent window showcasing even more Cactus Jack motifs.

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RELEASE DATE: 11/16/2019

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RETAIL: 160€

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RESELL: 500€

 

 

 

TRAVIS SCOTT JORDAN 6 RETRO BRITISH KHAKI

 

La Flame and Nike have teamed up on a wide range of projects over the past few years, ranging from retro Jordans to a Nike SB Dunk Lows. Most recently, it was rumored that Nike and Scott would be releasing an Air Max 1 at some point in the future, though no concrete information exists regarding that just yet besides the samples seen on Travises feet. 

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A nice follow up on the previous olive Jordan 6 they did a few years ago. The 2019 olive pair featured a suede upper with a translucent midsole and La Flames signature side pocket on the collar area of the shoe, the british khaki colorway is no different. One of Travises best work in a new colorblocking, can't really go wrong. 

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RELEASE DATE:  04/30/2021

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RETAIL: 250€

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RESELL: 400€

 

 

 

JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH TROPHY ROOM CHICAGO

 

 

Marcus Jordan's (son of Michael Jordan) Trophy Room came out with a special edition of the Air Jordan 1 limited to just 12000 pairs at the beggining of 2021. On a podcast Marcus once mentioned that the AJ1 is the only silhouette his father won't let him collaborate on, but it seems that it isn't the case after all. Using the iconic Chicago colorway as the base color, this version of the AJ1 comes in a glittery frozen treatment, that represents the time MJ was "frozen out" of the 1985 NBA All-Star game. Due to it's limited quantaties and personal ties to MJ's legacy these were considered a instant hit.

Although this sneaker had a lot of controversy around it. Backdooring was the main cause of the issue and its was alleged that the store or someone at one of Nikes distripution centers had sold a bunch of the pairs pre-release to resellers and that obivously caught the sneaker world by storm. Marcus himself claimed that there had been a robbery at one the distribuiton centers. The drama aside these are still a sneaker that will be remebered as a classic in ten years time. 

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RELEASE DATE: 02/10/2021

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RETAIL: 190€

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RESELL: 2300€

 

 

 

JORDAN 4 RETRO KAWS

 

 

This collaboration connects two individuals with Brooklyn roots, who are world-renowned in their respective crafts in Michael Jordan and Brian Donnelly better known as Kaws. The collaboration is highlighted by a suede-covered Air Jordan 4 in a tonal grey colorway which mimics look of some of Kaws’ most notable companion pieces. It features a glow-in-the-dark sole and Kaws' signature "XX" on the heels. The collection also included a hoodie, t-shirt, five-panel cap, and a satin coach’s jacket.

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The details and craftsmanship make this a very special sneaker and a very rare one at that. It has released in two colorways: This grey one and a black version. At this moment in time the grey pair is more expensvie due to the fact that it was the original colorway.

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RELEASE DATE: 03/31/2017

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RETAIL: 350€

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RESELL: 2500€

 

 

 

NIKE SB DUNK LOW BEN AND JERRY’S CHUNKY DUNKY

 

 

Undoubtedly the biggest sneaker release of 2020 the Nike SB dunk Low "Chunky Dunky" is a work of sneaker art born in a collaboration between Nike and the infamous ice cream brand Ben and Jerry's. A collab for the ages, a collaboration so outrageous it went viral outside of the sneakerworld and took the world by storm. The shoe itself is as crazy as the collabarration. A mixture of different materials and colors make it a very flashy sneaker. So flashy, it even had non-sneakerheads trying to grab a pair. 

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The fact that the media gave this shoe so much attention, it drove the prices up even more. These released at the pinncale of the dunk hype and that also factors in when looking at the high resell prices.

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RELEASE DATE:05/26/2020

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RETAIL: 100€

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RESELL: 1200€

 

 

 

TRAVIS SCOTT X FRAGMENT DESIGN JORDAN 1 HIGH OG SP

 

 

The creme de la creme of sneaker collaborations has arrived once again in 2021 with an even bigger and hyped up release. Travis Scott and Nike have decided to spice things up a bit by adding Fragment into the mix. The most recognized sportwear brand, one of the biggest artists of the decade and one of the biggest japanese designers Hiroshi Fujiwara coming together for a collab on the most popular silhouettes of all time, the Air Jordan 1. Hype is the best adjective to describe this sneaker. 

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A mostly white/cream leather upper with blue accents on the heel and outsole, with the infamous backwards swoosh on the sidepanels. 

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RELEASE DATE:07/29/2021

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RETAIL: 200€

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RESELL: 2900€

 

 

 

JORDAN 1 HIGH RETRO DIOR

 

 

High-end fashion meets streetwear in this new plain yet exhilarating collaboration between sportswear giant Nike and the luxurious french fashion house Dior. One of the most ambitious collaborations in recent sneaker history without a doubt. Not because high-end fashion and streetwear haven't worked together in the past, but the fact that they used the Air Jordan 1 Silhouette is what puts this shoe in a class of its own. 

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An icy blue midsole, grey premium leather panels and a Dior branded swoosh are the main selling points of the shoe, that give it the luxorius yet simple color scheme. So you might be asking yourself why the 2000€ retail price? Well a combination of the premium materials, limited quantities and ofcourse the Dior branding. The 2k seems like childs play when compared to the 10k resell value.

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RELEASE DATE: 04/06/2020

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RETAIL: 2000€

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RESELL: 8000€

 

 

 

ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 750 CHOCLATE

 

 

The start of Kanye West's rise to the top of the sneaker industry started with his partnership with Adidas and the first the 2 models they released together: The Yeezy boost 350 v1 and The Yeezy boost 750. Kanye had previously done sneaker collabs with brands such as Louis Vuitton, A Bathing Ape and the most notable on Nike, but his Yeezy line really made an impact on the sneaker scene. First released in 2015, the sneaker features a premium and deconstructed nubuck upper done in light brown with a gum-colored Boost sole.

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The 750 was last released in 2016 and Adidas and Kanye haven't given any hope for a new release so the current resell price are most likely going to keep rising. Due to Kanyes legacy and the limited quantities, this sneaker holds a special place in a lot of sneakerheads hearts.

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RELEASE DATE: 10/15/2016

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RETAIL: 350€

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RESELL: 1000€

 

 

 


ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 OXFORD TAN

The sneaker that started the Adidas hype back in early 2015 and has been a timeless classic ever since. The Adidas Yeezy 350 V1 "Oxford Tan" comes in a a lowtop slip-on complete with a woven Primeknit upper and a full length BOOST midsole. Premium leather arrives on the medial side subtly imprinted with a YZY word mark. An easy to rock silhouette that provides longterm comfort, a solid sneaker to have in your rotation. 

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RELEASE DATE: 06/27/2015

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RETAIL: 200€

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RESELL: 1500€

 

 

 

 

NIKE AIR MORE UPTEMPO SUPTEMPO RED

 

 

Two of the biggest names in streetwear and sneaker game came to together on this pair of Nike Air More Uptempos dubbed the "Suptempo" in three different colorways. A Gold pair, black pair and this red pair. Keeping it simple and staying true to the original design, the only difference between the originals and this Supreme pair is the text on the lateral and medial sides. Instead of the classic "UPTEMPO" branding, the Supreme pair is sporting a"SUPTEMPO" text along both sides of the shoe. A classic basketball retro with a modern twist from a streetwear giant, the perfect collaboration for old heads and hypebasts!

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RELEASE DATE: 04/27/2017

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RETAIL: 190€

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RESELL: 1000€

 

 

 

NIKE AIR FEAR OF GOD 1 BLACK

 

 

After dropping several stellar sneakers with Vans, Fear of God founder and creative director Jerry Lorenzo has unveiled his debut shoe with Nike, the Air Fear of God 1.

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Lorenzo created the Air Fear of God 1 sneaker with the help of Nike’s senior footwear design director, Leo Chang, who is best known for his work on the signature sneakers of NBA star Kevin Durant. His debut with the Swoosh is a performance hoops style that boasts a bold aesthetic, with an eye-catching double-height Zoom Air cushioning unit in the heel and a TPU cage on the upper inspired by the Huarache Light.

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At the moment all ties between Jerry Lorenzo and Nike have been cut and the designer has moved on ta Nike's biggest competator: Adidas. For this reason alone it can be said that the resell prices of this sneaker will without a doubt start to climb once Jerry comes out with his first Adidas collaboration. 

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RELEASE DATE: 12/15/2018

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RETAIL: 395€

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RESELL: 1000€

 

 

 

 

 

OFF-WHITE NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW MCA UNIVERSITY BLUE

 

 

Released in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, these are one the most coveted Air Force 1's s in the sneaker schene. The Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 “MCA” features blue leather uppers that are decorated with large metallic silver Swooshes and exposed stitching. Additional detailing includes industrial midfoot prints, stitched orange tabs, and red zip ties. Finishing up the design are Nike Sportswear tags on the tongue and the word “AIR” emblazoned on the sole units.

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RELEASE DATE: 07/20/2019

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RETAIL: 150€

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RESELL: 2200€