The rare Jordan-less weekend has left us with an Air-filled edition of Buy, Pass, Wait. With Nike Air Max Day about to hit, we take a look at the HTM releases that are sure to be tough to get and our choices for the Air Max Vote Back (spoiler: it’s a clean sweep). And since Easter is this Sunday, we also weigh in on both Nike and adidas’ offerings for the holiday.
What Shoe Did You Vote For In The Nike Air Max Vote Back?
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: I lobbied hard for the Atmos Elephant to take the Nike Air Max Vote Back. When the first polls came back, I was actually shocked and appalled and disgusted by what pairs were in the lead. I’m still worried about the Warhawk taking it all (but it won’t hurt too bad), but really what freaks me out is the terrible Moon Landing Lunar 90s in third place. So yes, with one day to go let’s all make a pact and do the right thing by voting for one of the best Air Max 1s ever made to make a proper retro release. It’s been too long.
Juan Carrillo, News: Air Max 1 Atmos Elephant. Everything about this shoe is amazing. Elephant print, clean. Color blocking, perfection. The jade Swoosh, pure icing on the cake. Do the right thing and bring these bad boys back.
Andres Carrillo, News: I voted for the Air Max 1 Atmos Elephant. There’s just something that looks so clean about elephant print on an Air Max 1 and those hits of teal give the shoe a nice pop. It’s not like I’ll be able to get a pair if they do release anyway so I’m not even really thinking about it.
Renz Ofiaza, News: Air Max 1 Atmos Elephant. I still remember how sought after these were when it initially released in 2007. I sold a pair of Dunks in order to have money for it but I missed out badly. That Teal Swoosh and elephant print, plus the overall colorway was just a dream come true for me.
Nike Air Max HTM Pack (Pick One)
EIC Juan: Nike Air Max LD-Zero H
It’s so Hiroshi to make something unexpected yet totally chill. Placing the upper of the Roshe LD-1000 on an Air Max 2014 sounds like a bad idea until you see it person. Now it looks like perfectly normal pair of Air Max kicks, but with the HTM moniker attached to it, don’t expect this to last long in stores.
News Juan: Nike Air Max LD-Zero H
Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Nike Air Max Zero-LD H is the pair that caught my eye the most. I’m not too crazy about the upper, but I’m a fan of the Air Max sole on the shoe. I’m unsure as to whether or not these will sell out, but I’m willing to risk it and wait it out to see if I could get these at a discounted price somewhere down the road. If I manage not to, I will survive.
Andres: Nike Air Max Ultra SuperFly T
I’m not really a fan of any of the Air Max HTM releases but if I had to pick one to buy it would be the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Superfly T designed by Tinker Hatfield. I’m a fan of the Air Max 90 so adding a Flyknit collar and Ultra sole unit could only make it more comfortable, right? The only bad thing is that it kind of looks like a soccer cleat.
Renz: Nike Air Max Ultra M
I would consider the T model as well, but I’m more for low-top silhouettes. The build and colorway on this pair is pretty appealing in general and I’m just a fan of the classic design.
Nike Basketball Easter Collection (Pick One)
EIC Juan: Nike Kyrie 2 Easter
I’ve never been a fan of most of the Easter releases from Nike or adidas and that’s sad considering I have no shame when it comes to wearing brightly colored kicks. So when I pick the Nike Kyrie 2 Easter, it’s a half-hearted pick.
News Juan: Nike Kobe 11 Easter
I would not pick any of them, but since I’m forced to, I’d go with the Nike Kobe 11. I guess you could say it’s the one I dislike the least. Overall though, the entire pack is a pass, especially the LeBron 13, yuck.
Andres: Nike Kyrie 2 Easter
The Kyrie 2 is easily the best shoe out of the entire pack. It’s the only one that actually looks like it has an Easter theme to it. The only problem is that you’d only be able to wear these during Easter cause wearing shoes with graphics of eggs on them would look strange on any other day. Haha.
Renz: Nike Kyrie 2 Easter
Overall, I’m a fan of the model. I like how the theme was only placed on the rear and outsole. It’s aesthetically pleasing with an all-white upper as well.
adidas Basketball Easter Collection
EIC Juan: adidas D Rose 6 Easter
It’s slightly better than the Nike Easter stuff, but that’s not really a compliment. As somebody who loves the severely underrated and heavily ignored Rose 6, this will be the one to get when it drops in price in a few weeks.
News Juan: adidas D Lillard 2 Easter
I’m not crazy about the colors used, and excess of pink on the shoe, but if it goes down in price, I wouldn’t mind waiting to pick up a pair.
Andres: adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 Andrew Wiggins PE
Adidas did a great job with this Easter colorway of the Crazylight Boost 2.5. I like how they only used the egg dye print on the forefoot and left the Primeknit upper white. The small hits of pink are also a good look. If you ball on Easter this is the shoe to do it in.
Renz: adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 Easter
In this theme, I actually like the model. I generally don’t, but the color combo on this pair is pretty nice. It can definitely be suitable for females also, but too much pink for my taste.