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Nike Air Foamposite One

History of the Nike Air Foamposite One

The story of the Nike Air Foamposite One began in the mid-90s with a designer by the name of Eric Avar.
He was responsible for a new, innovative and ambitious project to create a pair of basketball shoes that would result from dipping one's foot in a bath of liquid material and having it sucked up around the foot.
The project lasted over 4 years and resulted in what is known today as Foamposite.
Polyurethane liquid that is heated and molded into a snug-fitting shoe structure. The shoes were originally intended for Scottie Pippen, who found them ugly and turned down Nike's offer.
In the end, it was Penny Hardaway who, at the bottom of a sample bag, fell in love with the model at first sight, and who will remain the athlete associated with the silhouette with its One Cent logo.
The Nike Air Foamposite saw its first 'Dark Neon Royal' colorway released in 1997 to match the Orlando Magic uniform.

A pair ahead of its time with success delayed

With its high price, shinny look and futuristic look, the Nike Air Foamposite One wasn't a great success on its original release.
It wasn't until 2007, with the 'Royal Blue' Retro colorway, but especially in 2010 and the years that followed, that the model's popularity gradually increased as new colorways were added to the catalogs.
These include Copper, Cough Drop, Eggplant & more.
Much more limited models like the 'Paranorman', the 'Galaxy' or the collaboration with Supreme will only take the Foamposite to the next level, moving it into a lifestyle and fashion category at the same time.

Description and structure of the Nike Air Foamposite One

The pair includes a molded foamposite upper that moulds to the player's foot over time, a dynamically adjustable inner liner and 2 pull tabs on the tongue and heel. Underneath, there's full-length Zoom Air cushioning and double thickness in the heel for maximum comfort. The Nike Air Foamposite features a 3-part sole. A translucent rubber outsole, a solid rubber outsole in the middle underfoot and a flat carbon fiber shank running up the middle on the sides.
Finally, there's a mini swoosh on the front of the pair and Penny Hardaway's 'One Cent' logo on the heel and bottom of the shoe.