There's nothing like the perfect pair of sneakers. They make you feel invincible, they look good with almost any outfit, and they seem to inspire an inner sense of confidence that flows up from the soles of the feet to the top of your head. If you understand this feeling, then there's probably a new sneaker that you're dying to add to your collection. There's no need to be coy. You know exactly which shoe it is. The whole internet does.
Pictures of the all-new Nike Air Fear of God 180 have been all over the web for weeks now. Thousands of sneakerheads are unable to leave their laptops as they stare and salivate at the thought of the latest release from Jerry Lorenzo's collection. But, can you blame them? We've waited so long for the 180. When will they be released and in what colors? Furthermore, how much do they cost? The answers to some of these questions will be answered today. That's about as much as we can do for you as things are still a little hush-hush.
Two heads are better than one
Although the creative partnership between Lorenzo and Nike has only been in effect for a short amount of time, it's managed to have a huge impact on the collaborative footwear industry. The Fear of God collection is in high demand these days. The Fear of God Nike Skylon 2, Fear of God moccasin, Nike Air Fear of God Shoot-Around, and the Nike Air Fear of God 1 have all drawn rave reviews from the vast majority of the sneaker-loving world. Their popularity has pushed Lorenzo's high-end street/footwear to the precipice of a rear collaborative space that's occupied by iconic names in the industry like Jun Takahashi and Virgil Abloh. Lorenzo is happy to be compared to the greats. But, like any true icon, is always looking for ways to better his craft. He's not settling for a couple of basketball-inspired silhouettes either. There is more on the way.
The Nike Air Fear of God 180 is almost here
The 180 looks a lot like its sister shoe, The Moccasin, but there are some differences. For instance, the 180 has criss-cross straps that go across the top of the shoe and a mid-cut cuff as well. Furthermore, just like the other shoes in the FOG collection, the 180 will be released with a plain black and a light bone colorway. Admittedly, the name and some of the design of this shoe is reminiscent of the Air Force 180, Charles Barkley's classic Nike sneakers. But, the Fear of God 180's particular silhouette borrows inspiration from another pair of old-school Nike basketball shoes, the 1992 Air Raid. For instance, the 180 features both the mid/high-cut and cross straps of the Air Raid. What sets it apart, however, are the changes to the design. The 180 has premium features like a buttery soft light bone leather/mesh upper which is perfectly contrasted by a black pebbled leather Swoosh. The overall look is pulled together with the highest stack heel that's common to Lorenzo's other designs.
There’s a clothing line too
Ever since they released the black Fear of God One in December of last year, the sneaker-loving community has been abuzz. And Nike and Lorenzo are doing nothing but whipping the frenzy to an even higher pitch. It will culminate with the release of their long teased co-branded apparel collection. The new Fear of God apparel line combines Nike's love of versatile design and technical fabrics with Lorenzo's keen eye for blending street and high fashion styles. As a result, the collection is part sportswear, part high fashion, and entirely unique. The best thing of all is the selection. Consisting of everything from a half-zip jacket to a shimmering silver parka, to reversible shorts to tear away warm-up pants and lots more, the collection is filled with signature Fear of God aesthetics. Think slouchy fits, toggles, and extended drawstrings.
How much do they cost and where can I get them?
With all the anticipation, Nike and Lorenzo are doing a good job at dangling the sneaker-shaped carrot in front of our faces. As of right now, there's no word on a release dates or prices for the Nike Air Fear of God 180. However, when they are released, you can be sure that Nike.com and other select retailers will be the first in line to have them for you.
The Bottom Line
The collaboration between Lorenzo and Nike has created a phenomenon that is taking the sneaker-loving community by storm. And, based on the new 180, things don't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Written by Garrett Parker
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