words // Nick Engvall
Winter is creeping up on most of us and before we know it we’ll be walking uphill both ways through snow covered sidewalks. If you live next to one of those neighbors that is always last to shovel their sidewalk clean, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about a new pair of winter boots.
Although naturally a new pair of ACG Air Max Goadomes might be on the top of the list, Nike has a released a new more price conscious boot for the upcoming season change. The Nike ACG Manoa uses a combination of tightly woven nylon mesh and leather to help you battle the elements. To help keep things as lightweight as possible, a phylon midsole construction was chosen. An aggressive tread pattern from ACG provides the traction needed in all conditions.
In the early-to-mid ’90s, one of the biggest trends to change the direction of footwear and sportswear, Nike All Conditions Gear (ACG) bottled the culture of the great outdoors into a collection of sneakers, boots and other outdoor gear. By 1995, Nike ACG become so wildly popular that Nike partnered with Eastbay for this outdoor catalog entitled: The Nature of Sport.
Some of the creations from the time have become standard issue over the years, like the Nike Air Moc, Nike Air Mada, and, of course, the Nike ACG logo that is seen on all of the apparel and footwear, which have all continued on in Retro form since their inception.
Other designs, like the Nike Beo Beo shorts, didn’t quite find a second wind with their all-over print colorways. The Nike Zion Boot, with its solid rubber outsole and classy dress-shoe-like design and materials on the upper, also fell by the wayside over the course of time.
Check out some of the Eastbay Nike Outdoor Catalog from 1995 below from this week’s Eastbay Memory Lane.
Last week we gave you the first look at the Nike Air Max Posite Bakin Boot. Following a line of successful ACG Boots that include unforgettable styles like the Goadome, the Air Max Posite Bakin Boot is the successor to the Air Max Foamdome. This combination of the Air Bakin with the aggressiveness of Nike ACG and the unique finish of Foamposite material is sure to be a hit for the winter. This Varsity Red colorway will introduce the Air Max Bakin Boot, and a black colorway will soon follow.
Available November 20th at Eastbay.
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Following the instant success of last fall’s Foamposite boot, Nike ACG is back this year with another boot inspired by a hoops classic. The Air Max Posite Bakin Boot borrows its look from 1997’s Nike Air Bakin, worn by All-Stars like Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond. Design lines from the original Air Bakin are incorporated into a varsity Foamposite shell for the boot’s upper, which sits above a newly designed full-length Max Air unit. Black and red team up for color on the midsole, as well as a rugged flame-detailed lug outsole. If you’re looking for a sporty boot for your rotation this winter, grab the Air Max Posite Bakin Boot from Eastbay later this month.
The Nike ACG Air Max Posite Bakin Boot – Varsity Red/Black will be available for for order on November 20th.
One of the most memorable styles from the early nineties from Nike ACG has returned. The Nike ACG Air Escape retros in the colorway commonly known as “hot lava” due to its combination of lava-like accent colors and a more subtle Twine colorway with Mega Blue and Turbo Green accents.
While the ACG Air Escape is prepared for outdoor use with a beefy midsole and an aggressive tread pattern, its style is unmistakable thanks to elements that tie to other Nike silhouettes from the era. Most recognizable is the overlay panel that comes directly from the Nike Air Structure Triax 91, or more recently the Structure Hoop Triax, and the mesh and midsole shape that made some of the Nike Huarache trainers from the era unforgettable.
Available now: Nike ACG Air Escape