Updated: Aug 16
Welcome to the Retro Rewind series. With Retro Rewind, we’ll be taking a look back at the recent and distant past to highlight sneakers that we loved, came and went, should return, or all of the above. We’ll then pick one sneaker from each edition and give you pointers on how to style them with our "What to Pair?" segment.
For the first edition of this series, we look at the Nike Air Command Force of the early 90s, and the Kyrie 4 “Cereal Pack” of 2018.
Nike Air Command Force: David Robinson’s Superstar Status Stamped with a Signature Shoe
After fulfilling his military duties to the Navy, Hall of Fame Center David Robinson took the NBA world by storm. In his first year, Robinson turned the San Antonio spurs from bottom dwellers to championship contenders with a 35 win increase – the biggest turnaround in NBA history at the time. Nike gambled on David Robinson becoming a marketable superstar when they gave him his signature shoe, the Nike Air Command Force, in 1991.
The well-padded high top sneaker featured inflatable Air-Fit technology which allowed athletes to pump the shoe up to adjust comfort.
Original colorways for the sneaker included “Ultramarine” and “Hyperjade.” When the sneaker got a retro release in 2014, “University Red” and a classic “Spurs” colorway also were added to the line up.
Few sneakers scream the 90's like the Command Force. A slept on classic, definitely look into the shoe if you're aiming to turn heads with a stylish throwback classic you don't see often.
For tips on how to pair your Air Command Forces, look no further than our resident fashion guru, Garrni!
"What to Pair?" with Garrni:
Garrni says: So I’m sure some of you are thinking “What could I wear with these?" The WTP for the Command Force was inspired by 90's streetwear. When I looked at the sneakers, I immediately thought of 90's hiphop music and that whole era’s aesthetic. With that in mind, I decided to go with a classic streetwear brand for the top, FUBU (For Us By Us). This is a more recent FUBU jersey, however, the aesthetic holds true to the brand. For the pants, I then went with another classic and staple denim brand, Levi’s, but with a twist; This is Denim Tears x Levi’s 501 collab. And lastly, to add emphasis to the lime green subtle colors in the sneaker, we have a matching necklace and bracelet set. Would you wear this? Check out our IG post and tell us what you think.
Nike Kyrie 4 “Cereal Pack”: Paying Homage to Our Childhood Breakfast Favorites
When Nike Basketball began to transition away from fun, thematic sneakers that were stylish and towards sneakers with state of the art technology, comfort and stability, it was Kyrie Irving’s line that kept things “fun”. Very few sneakers, basketball or otherwise, can match the sheer energy behind the colorways of the Kyrie series. A clear fan of dunks, it was as if Kyrie was channeling what he loved about the art behind sneakers into his own shoes. Few in his line exemplified that as much as the Kyrie 4, and arguably no Kyrie 4 did that more emphatically than the cereal pack.
The origins of the General Mills cereal-themed pack started with an unreleased limited pair – the “Wheaties” Kyrie 4. The sneaker, announced in early May of 2018 and worn by folks like NBA star JR Smith, immediately caught the attention of sneaker heads due to the detailed colorway and cereal box packaging.
While only 100 pairs of the Wheaties Kyrie 4 were made, fan demand for a less limited release was high. Soon after, it was announced that a general release cereal pack of the Kyrie 4 would be releasing in three colorways: Kix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms – celebrating some of the most beloved breakfast “junk food” of all time.
Dropping on August 11th, the sneakers sold out within minutes and were a massive success, going anywhere from double to triple the retail price on the resale market right now. Do any pairs from the cereal pack catch your eye?
"What to Pair?" with Garrni:
Garrni says: The inspiration behind this fit is something simple, fun and playful. Rightfully so I might add, given the theme of the sneaker. So jumping right into the fit, I really like the Keith Haring shorts. Again playful and fun but also has subtle colors that still allow the sneakers to stand out. For the top, a (simple) white half zip shirt. I think this adds a bit more character than a graphic tee or solid color shirt would. Also the white is a safe option, otherwise color matching becomes tricky and can be tacky (sorry not sorry). As for accessories, a subtle silver bracelet and a watch will do the trick. I’m personally not a watch man, however, G-Shock is a timeless (no pun intended) piece and an affordable option to add layers to the fit. What do you think? Check out the IG post and let us know.