In this week’s Buy, Pass, Wait, the Kicks On Fire staff gathers to talk about the unusual Concepts x Nike Free Trainer 1.0 collaboration, the upcoming Nike Black History Month Collection that encompases a lot of silhouettes and the recently revealed Air Jordan XXX (30) that has the internet buzzing maybe not in the way Jordan Brand had hoped for.

Concepts x Nike Free Trainer 1.0

Concepts x Nike Free Trainer 1.0

Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) Concepts needs to work on some 3.0s because those are the only Frees that agree with my feet. Love the concept (pun intended) and the colorful upper, but I’m not about to hurt myself walking or running around in them

Todd Krevanchi, Features: (WAIT) I really like the aesthetic of this shoe and how it uses the outsole as part of the upper. It evokes images of the original Aqua Sock. Since I’ve never held it in-hand, I’m not certain of the upper or liner construction but I guess I’d only really buy it in that type of aqua-shoe context.

Anthony Racaniello, Director of Operations: (BUY) I like these quite a bit. It is a weird sneaker but I dig weird sneakers. Also, it is interesting and fun to see Concepts take a more athletic performance driven model and theme. I’d like to own a pair.

Juan Carrillo, News: (PASS) For the simple fact that the shoe utilizes a Free sole, I’m going to have to pass. I’ve never been a fan of the Free technology and I don’t think I ever will. There’s no denying the look of the shoe is pretty amazing, but I just can’t overlook the fact the it’s a Nike Free Trainer.

Andres Carrillo, News: (PASS) This collaboration made me actually notice and pay attention to the Nike Free Trainer 1.0, but I don’t think I would actually wear this shoe. It’s a little too flashy for my liking.

Renz Ofiaza, News: (BUY) I like the sleekness of the silhouette and in this multicolor finish, definitely more appealing. It’s something different and it would be a nice first daily workout sneaker.


Nike Black History Month 2016 Collection

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Nike

EIC Juan: (WAIT) Outside of the Nike Kyrie 2 BHM, I haven’t seen much of the other kicks in the collection prior to their reveal this week so I’m going to wait and see how they look in person. I do hope that the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit BHM looks every bit as good as those preview images make them out to be.

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Nike

Todd: (PASS) Previous BHM collections have been better, but this year’s pattern seems too “Pendleton” to me, too forced. I’m not a fan of any of the Sportswear silhouettes, nor the other performance silhouettes, however the KD and Kobe silhouettes don’t seem forced at all.

Anthony: (PASS) I don’t purchase BHM Nike releases because I am never told their specific inspiration or where and how much (specifically) of the proceeds are donated. I think BHM releases are consistently missed opportunities to share rich cultural and historical stories that could empower a community (regardless of race) to feel just a little more connected to one another.

News Juan: (WAIT) The Nike Kobe 11 is the only pair that I have remote interest in. Everything else is just “meh” to me. The reason I wait on the shoes is because there’s a good they will all go down in price somewhere down the line.

Andres: (PASS) The Nike/Jordan BHM collection never really impresses me and this year is no different. Out of all the silhouettes my favorite is probably the Kobe 11 but I don’t like it enough to actually buy it.

Renz: (Buy) It’s a respectable and honorable theme overall. Out of the entire line, I’ll have to side with the Kyrie 2, Air Jordan 1 and Roshes.


Air Jordan XXX (30)

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Nike

EIC Juan: (GOT ‘EM) I’m saving my thoughts for a deeper dive on the shoe, but one thing I will say is that right now is that when I put on the Air Jordan XX9 (29) for the first time, it was like a revelation and I never wanted to take them off. The XXX did not inspire that same reaction, but not because it was a bad feel, but rather a familiar one.

Todd: Love the shoe. One part of the Jordan signatures throughout their history was that they seemed to force too much substance on the shoe just for the sake of having something “else”. The simplistic and basic upper is an element I appreciate. Nothing too flashy was ever necessary. I loved the midsole of the XX9 and I like the modified reuse of it on the XXX.

Anthony: I think the Air Jordan 29 SE (I see what you did there, RAC – ed.) would have been better without the t***p stamp on the heel.

News Juan: I like it. I’ve come to accept the fact that Air Jordan models will no longer have that “retro” look we all know and love. But that’s okay. The Air Jordan 30 has a modern and sleek look that looks good on the court. Times are changing, we just need to keep up. If we want retro looking sneakers, we have to go out and buy the retro sneaker. If we want the latest in technology and performance with a modern aesthetic, the Air Jordan 30 will be ready when you are.

Andres: My initial thoughts are that this shoe looks like it was strictly made for performance use. I’m not the type to really buy sneakers just to play basketball in them so I’m not sure that I would buy a pair. I definitely need to see them in person and try on a pair before I make a decision though.

Renz: I was able to watch a bit of the presentation and I understood Tinker’s mantra into designing the sneaker. A lot of Jordan fans are disappointed with the outcome I’m sure, but I think it’s a pretty appealing silhouette compared to the many recent models. It does seem like an upgraded AJ29, but I feel its more aesthetically pleasing. Maybe I’m just biased to the simplicity.