The 1990s were a HUGE decade for sneakers. Michael Jordan. Allen Iverson. Each. Charles Barley. But you can’t talk about ’90s sneakers without talking about Penny Hardaway. Nike is teaming up with sneaker store Social Status for the release of the “Recess” Pack on Friday, July 15.
Social Status x Nike Air Max Penny 1 “Recess”
Inspired by the nostalgic feeling of running during recess with the excitement of playing any sport available in a mesh bag.
— Social Status (@TheSocialStatus) July 13, 2022
Nike’s Penny line is one of the greatest iconic athlete lines of all time, even though there were only four models released during Penny’s playing career. Perhaps none are bigger than the initial model, the Air Max Penny 1, which debuted for the 1995-96 NBA season.
The Magic had just made it to the NBA Finals and boasted perhaps the most dynamic duo in the NBA with Shaq and Penny. Nike, looking to capitalize on Penny’s success with the Magic and her stellar play. put the publicity rocket behind him and created the now-iconic business partnership with Penny and Lil’ Penny, aka Chris Rock.
Of course, no matter how good the player or the ad, none of this will matter to the general public if the shoe doesn’t live up to its promise. Luckily for everyone involved, the Air Max Penny 1 has been delivered. Designed by Eric Avar, who would go on to work on many other iconic Nike models including the Kobe line, the Air Max Penny 1 stands out for its wing on the lateral side of the shoe with its jewel-embellished Nike Swoosh and Air Max unit. heel. The Magic wouldn’t make the Finals again in 1996 – no one was going to deny the GOAT MJ that season – but Penny continued her stellar play and it would be the start of a great line of sneakers for one of the most popular young players. of the league.
For this release. Social Status teams up with Nike to offer two colorways, the Black and the Desert Sand. To support the release, the sneaker shop released a short film to distill the message behind the collaboration.
On its website, Social Status states, “Anything can happen during recess. Between the classroom and the playground, always make sure to stay prepared! To further emphasize the “recreation” story, both colorways will feature Velcro Swooshes that can be interchanged into designs that mimic the balls of other sports such as baseball and soccer as well as multiple solid colors, similar to the Air Jordan 3 Tinker from 2019. The heel will feature the Social Status logo, although the traditional One Cent logo appears on the tongue. The Black colourway will also feature an Ice Blue outsole, while the Desert Sand will feature a solid White outsole. Both will have a suede upper and under the Velcro Swoosh you will find a Swoosh pattern similar to the classic Blue Swoosh on the Black colourway or a solid Black Swoosh on the Desert Sand colourway. Nike also posted a “Behind the design“Presentation to SNKRS further explaining the collaboration.
The shoes will drop July 15 for $190 on the Social Status website at 11 a.m. EST. Good luck to anyone who opts for a pair of sneakers that are sure to be highly coveted.
Air Max Penny 1 x Social Status “Recess” Pack Release Details
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