It’s not just the NBA hardwood that’s bringing the noise in 2019. On the football field, pro bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is bringing killer Sean Wotherspoon and Air Yeezy remixes to his cleats. On the baseball pitch, ‘Red Thunder’ Clint Frazier is paying homage to Jerry Lorenzo with Fear of God customs, and Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is showing to Kyrie Irving with the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X. Sneaker culture is flowering across all sporting fields. These are the wildest Nike mashups so far.
5 of the Wildest Nike Mashups This Year!
Date: October 20 2019
By: Gabe Filippa
Nike Air Max 1 Golf 'Grass'
Revisiting their great poster child from ‘87, Nike composed the Air Max 1 Golf ‘Grass’ with turf-like uppers and golf-ready traction on the outsole. Tinker Hatfield’s masterstroke nailed another hole-in-one with the Air Max 1 ‘Grass’, the elusive drop still fetching decent numbers on the resale market. Despite a radical makeover, the iconic Air Max 1 still retains its vintage flare thanks to some classic gum outsoles, Air units, and a Swoosh in the rough!
Nike Shox R4 Neymar Jr.
‘It was like the shoe of the future.’ Neymar Jr. said of the Nike Shox R4. Hitting planet earth back in 2000, the Nike Shox R4 was one of the most visceral, in-your-face designs from the early millennium – the science fiction steez composed with the kind of unparalleled cushioning that’ll still have you beamed straight into space. Paying homage to Neymar Jr.’s hometown of São Paulo, the Swoosh decked out the Shox with watermelon hues reminiscent of South America’s most populous city, and although the Shox is probably not the ideal sneaker for a Neymar nutmeg, we’d put money on the Paris Saint-Germain superstar to make it happen.
NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X ‘Kyrie 5’
Interstellar ball-handler and NBA eccentric Kyrie Irving linked up with controversial Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios for one of the more unexpected sneaker mashups earlier this year. Dubbed the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X ‘Kyrie 5’, the low-cut tennis sneaker features Flytrap-inspired uppers and technical support for high-wear areas. With both athletes being born Down Under, Kyrgios enlisted the help of Nike to collaborate with Irving, the two explosive personalities wearing the same colourway back in January (Kyrgios on-court at the Australian Open and Kyrie on the hardwood for the Boston Celtics).
Clint Frazier Air Fear of God 'Shoot Around'
Known as the ‘Wildling’ in the New York Yankees locker room, Clint Frazier continues to turn up the heat on his baseball cleats, the 25-year-old outfielder lacing everything from custom Travis Scotts to Nigel Sylvester’s BMX-inspired Air Jordan 1. But his best custom of the year? The Air Fear of God 1 ‘Shoot Around’ that Frazier laced back in April. Jerry Lorenzo’s stripped back sneaker originally landing on the hardwood back in December, 2018, the gutsy design removing the lace cage to reflect the laid back nature of the NBA’s pre-game warmup.
Jerry Lorenzo’s ‘Shoot Around’ functioned as a ‘take down’ model of sorts, mashing up on-court aesthetic with streetwear sensibilities. Thanks to Clint Frazier, it may even belong to a third sartorial realm: Major League Baseball.
Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 ‘Sean Wotherspoon’
One of the league’s most nuclear wide receivers is also one of the biggest sneakerheads in the game. Odell Beckham Jr.’s drip is legendary, with his Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 cleat already seen in Air Yeezy and Foamposite colourways, but it was OBJ’s candy-coloured Air Max 1/97 mashup that really impressed, the ultra-rare Sean Wotherspoon design originally landing as part of a Nike design contest back in 2018.
It’s a two-point conversion here, with the OG Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 inspired by Scottie Pippen’s unstoppable Air More Uptempo.