One word is all it takes to identify a classic sneaker colorway – Bred, Infrared, Cement, South Beach – and we present the 10 most iconic schemes in GIFs! Going all the way back to the black/red Jordan I to new classics such as the “Galaxy” Foamposite, we highlight three classic silhouettes which have graced each of these 10 iconic colorways and also pick out a model we wish someday may get the iconic treatment. No doubt everybody has their preferred choice and please let us know some of your favorite models you’d like to see get a classic colorway treatment!
Classic Shoes: Nike Air Max 1, LeBron 7 and LeBron 8
What We Want To See It On: Nike Air Tech Challenge II
DJ Clark Kent and Nike spun up this crazy colorway a few years back, and from the jump, any silhouette it hits, instantly jumps to classic status. Which also means that they are unfortunately hard to cop. It’s a colorway that really works on anything, as evidenced by the three classic choices highlighted, but we want to see it on the Yeezy-inspiring Air Tech Challenge II. Sound good to you?
Classic Shoes: Air Jordan I, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan XI
What We Want To See It On: Nike Air Penny V
The Black/Red or “Bred” makeup is a colorway that hits nearly every major Nike silhouette. Does it get any more classic or iconic when the colorway graces the first silo of the Jordan empire?! And also arguably the two most beloved iterations in the lineup?! In determining what we’d like to see it on in the future, we look to models that, we feel, could be enhanced even further. Nike hit a home run with the Air Penny V and in keeping with the general theme of the popular “Red Eagle” editions, a classic “Bred” mockup would no doubt be a big hit on the streets and courts.
Classic Shoes: Air Jordan III (White), Air Jordan III (Black) and Air Jordan IV (White)
What We Want To See It On: Nike Air Huarache
Being that the “Cement” grey versions of the IIIs and IV are some of the most popular colorways in sneaker history, when all is said and done, it will be remembered as one of the legacies of an already-iconic brand. Speaking of icons, and from looking at some old photos, we know that the Nike Air Huarache is one of MJ’s favorites as well. Seeing an Air Huarache inspired by this Jordan Brand colorway would be a legend befitting the man himself.
Classic Shoes: Air Jordan IV, Air Jordan IX and Air Jordan XI
What We Want To See It On: Nike Roshe Run
Another one we’ve seen primarily on Jordan silhouettes, this is a colorway we’d like to see bleed over into more Nike models, particularly the Roshe Run. With the crazy popularity of anything in this colorway from JB, we feel a Cool Grey version the Roshe Run would drive almost as much hysteria.
Classic Shoes: Foamposite One NRG, Nike Zoom Rookie and Nike KD IV
What We Want To See It On: LeBron XI
Galaxy colorways took over during the 2012 NBA All Star weekend, and brought with it the hype, that far surpassed anything that happened in the actual game. Hypebeasts aside, we feel the Galaxy colorway works best on shoes featuring Nike’s “Posite” technology. And, bringing us a combo of Hyperfuse and Hyperposite, the Nike LeBron XI should be the next bearer of the Galaxy torch.
Classic Shoes: Air Max 90 (White), Air Jordan VI (Black) and Nike Air Pegasus ’89
What We Want To See It On: LeBron VII
Another absolute classic, Nike basically invented a new color with this one, and they pretty much could apply it to almost any runner or trainer in the archives and it would likely be a hit. If blocked right, of course. From draping some of the most famous silhouettes in Nike’s stable, we’d love to see this color scheme drop on more of Nike’s best, maybe on the basketball side, starting with the highly-underrated LeBron VII.
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Classic Shoes: Air Mag, Hyperdunk (2008) and Hypermax
What We Want To See It On: Nike Zoom Revis
If it’s good enough for Marty McFly, it’s good enough for us. Nike had some hearts pounding and some credit cards melting when they brought back this dope colorway. And the three classic silhouettes we highlighted? Obviously the Air Mag would be a crown jewel of any collection, but the Hyperdunk and even more limited Hypermax hold plenty of weight as well. We’ve actually seen an incredible custom for the Nike Zoom Revis lately, and it was so good, we think Nike should put it into production. That, and if they could get to work on those hoverboards, that would be great.
Classic Shoes: Air Jordan III (White), Air Jordan III (Black) and Air Jordan IV (Black)
What We Want To See It On: Air Jordan XI
The Oregon Ducks get all the hookups. From facilities that belong on the Deathstar, to crazy team edition Nike’s that will never see store shelves, the Ducks fly high on style. Aside from the ultra-limited III & IV colorways, if you’ve been paying attention over the last 5 years or so, you’ve also seen Nike and Jordan Brand go into the vault to develop what we feel is a NEW classic colorway. With awesome takes on the under-appreciated Jordan IX, Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 and Free Trainer 5.0, while they’re in there, JB should hit up the iconic XI and really give the people what they want.
Classic Shoes: LeBron 8, LeBron 9 P.S. Elite and South Beach Slides
What We Want To See It On: LeBron IV
South Beach, Pre-heat, Miami Vice, whatever you want to call it, Nike made waves with this teal/pink colorway. Love it or hate it, beginning with the LeBron VIII, and including what might be the hottest-selling sandal ever created, the South Beach colorway moves units. Since we feel it works best on LeBron models (for obvious reasons), we think Nike should go into the vault for this one. The best silhouette possible for a South Beach drop, would be one of our favorites, the LeBron IV.
Classic Shoes: LeBron X, Kobe VII and Nike SB Dunk Low “What The Dunk” (2007)
What We Want To See It On: KD VI
The “What The?” colorway is the ultimate mashup scheme which combines specific colors and iconic styling from a whole host of iterations from a particular model. And the Nike SB Dunk is still one of the most sought after for a number of sneaker collectors. In terms of what model we’d like to see it on next, the low-cut Nike KD VI – already available in an array of nice colorways – would be an ideal canvas for a “What The?” masterpiece. We saw a “What The?” take on KD’s previous silhouette, the V, but that release left a lot of fans underwhelmed.