Nike Air Up ’14 Worth Every Penny

Nike Air Up ’14 Worth Every Penny

words // Brandon Richard

Before the launch of his iconic signature line, Penny Hardaway  famously laced up the Nike Air Up during the 1994-1995 NBA season. Several colorways of the mid-cut hoop shoe would make their way to retail, none more instantly recognizable than Penny’s Orlando-themed pair.

Now dubbed the Air Up ’14, the classic returns for the first time with most of its original features and some updated elements for a modernized look. The upper sports alternating black and white panels, graffiti-like branding on the tongue and royal patent Swoosh logos on the side panels. Visible Air and a similarly blocked sole finish things off below.

These Nike basketball shoes make their long-awaited return for $140 this Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Available: Nike Air Up ’14 ‘Orlando’

Nike Air Up '14 Orlando (1)

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Nike Air Penny 5 ‘Camo’

Nike Air Penny 5 ‘Camo’

Nike Air Penny 5 - 'Camo' (2)

words // Brandon Richard

For Black Friday, the Nike Air Penny 5 arrives in an all-new camouflage accented colorway.

The ‘Camo’ Penny 5 features a spruce and black Hyperfuse-constructed upper with camouflage trim and volt logos on the side panels, tongue and heel. Below sits a camo printed midsole, Max Air cushioning and black rubber outsole. Additional military-inspired elements include an eagle graphic on the tongue, five stars along the medial side and a bolt on the pull-tab.

You’ll be able to grab these Nike basketball shoes here next Friday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Price is set at $165. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Nike Air Penny 5 - 'Camo' (1)

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Nike Air Penny 5 - 'Camo' (6)

Nike Air Penny 5 ‘Lil’ Penny’

Nike Air Penny 5 ‘Lil’ Penny’

Nike Air Penny 5 - 'Lil' Penny' (2)

words // Brandon Richard

The latest colorway of the Nike Air Penny 5 is a salute to Penny Hardaway’s famous pint-sized companion from his old Nike ads — Lil’ Penny.

Why this eye-catching Atomic Red colorway? Think back to 1997, when Nike was advertising for the Air Penny 3. The campaign included a commercial called ‘Frozen Moments,’ a spin-off of Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 12 ad. In the clip, Lil’ Penny is a bystander as Hardaway makes one of his signature moves to the hoop. As the events unfold (including the arrival of a beautiful young model by the name of Tyra Banks), Lil’ Penny pops a big wad of bubblegum and there you have your inspiration for the color.

Other special design elements include ‘1/2’ on the tongues, ‘Livin’ Large’ and ‘Knee High’ pull-tabs, Lil’ Penny’s silhouette on the heel and custom insoles. The shoe is finished off with a white foam wing, splattered midsole, a Max Air bag and red translucent outsole.

You’ll be able to grab a pair of these Nike basketball shoes next Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Nike Air Penny 5 Lil' Penny Bubblegum (1)

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Nike Air Penny 5 Lil' Penny Bubblegum (3)

Nike Air Penny 5 Lil' Penny Bubblegum (5)

Nike Air Penny 5 Lil' Penny Bubblegum (6)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter – “Volt”

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter – “Volt”

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (1)

words // Brandon Richard
images // Kerstin Carter

Around this time last year, Nike Sportswear made history by bringing back the signature sneaker line of Anfernee Hardaway, introducing the Air Penny V an amazing 14 years after the Air Penny IV was released in 1998. Blending classic Air Penny heritage with modern technology and design language, the Air Penny V has been well received by Penny enthusiasts and will continue to launch in new colorways throughout the remainder of this year.

Seen here in detail is the “Volt” Nike Air Penny V Highlighter. The shoe features Nike’s signature hue throughout it’s bonded synthetic and mesh upper, with black working the tongue, inner lining, pull-tab, Swoosh and trim. A ‘splatter’ pattern in applied to the eyestay, collar and midsole, which sits below a wavy white foam wing. A volt Max Air bag and translucent outsole ride below and Penny’s famous ‘1CENT’ logo is applied in three areas.

If you’re a fan of this eye-catching new colorway of the Air Penny V, you’ll be able to grab a pair of these Nike basketball shoes here this Saturday, September 7. While you wait, enjoy a detailed look below and follow @Eastbay on Twitter for frequent launch updates.

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (2)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (3)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (4)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (5)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (6)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (7)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (8)

Nike Air Penny V Highlighter HL Volt 628568-701 (9)

Nike Air Penny V – Two Colorways

Nike Air Penny V – Two Colorways

words // Luis Sanchez

No stranger to the Air Penny line, Eastbay brings you two all new colorways of Anfernee Hardaway’s all new signature Air Penny V by Nike Sportswear.

Nike Sportswear took this release to celebrate Penny’s college days a Memphis Tiger, dressing the Air Penny V in a blue dominated color scheme and tiger stripes along the midsole and through the translucent outsole. A vibrant look is brought to life on the second pair of Penny’s latest Nike Basketball shoes, putting to use a combination of total crimson and black.

Both all new colorways of the Air Penny V are now up for grabs here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Air Penny V – Two Colorways