Over the past ten years, Orange’s artistic community has seen a rebirth. It has become a signature colour for designers like Heron Preston and has illuminated the album covers of bands like Kanye West and Frank Ocean. The “Shattered Backboard” line of retro Air Jordan releases, as well as Yeezy, Grateful Dead collaborations, and other footwear releases, have made it the centre of attention.
As summer transitions into October, the orange tone is fantastic for fall outfits of many kinds. From the orange Adidas Yeezy 700 to Nike Shattered Backboards, the list of fall-appropriate shoes is one every sneakerhead should know:
“Shattered Backboard 3.0” Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
In 2015, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shattered Backboard” transformed the sport by adding a distinctive layer to a timeless shape. The renowned high-top featured orange and black blocking as a nod to Michael Jordan’s international jersey when he famously slammed a hoop with a powerful dunk. It was constructed with a luxurious leather upper.
By bringing the same story to life in an even more eye-catching shape, the 2019 Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shattered Backboard 3.0” opened a new chapter. The ’85 classic features crinkled patent leather laces that are emphasised by black and orange colour blocking on top of a vintage sail sole.
High OG Retro Electro Orange Air Jordan 1
A renaissance of interest in the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG began in the 2010s and continued well into the 2020s. The original Air Jordan won over a contemporary audience by changing its flavour profile and becoming popular in both new lifestyle launches and original flavours.
When the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Electro Orange” debuted in 2021, this was the situation. This retro style riffs on the “Shattered Backboard” series’ usage of the popular colour orange by using it in an unusual way to illuminate the outsole and ankle underlays.
2021 Nike Dunk High “Syracuse”
In the middle of the 1980s, Peter Moore, then-design Nike’s director, introduced individualism to basketball through footwear. It was the audacious Air Jordan 1 in the professional game, which was swiftly followed by the coordinated Nike Dunk for collegiate athletes.
One of the most well-liked sneakers on the court, the Nike Dunk High “Syracuse,” returned in 2021 with a revived throwback design. Orange overlays, laces, and outsole detailing were used to evoke the Big East powerhouse’s heyday, and they continue to look fashionable decades after.
Orange Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN
2016’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden featured a sneak preview of The Life of Pablo by Kanye West. Kanye still had a predilection for standing out even after a decade in the industry, as shown by the album’s orange cover art and related apparel line.
His continued record-breaking output is demonstrated by the 2020 Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN “Orange.” Only at select retailers in Los Angeles and Paris is this innovative running style with retro roots accessible. It blends Boost tooling underfoot with a reflective top that draws design cues from construction equipment and ’90s sportswear. Great Gift Ideas for Tween Girls
Fear Of God Nike Air 1: Orange Pulse
Jerry Lorenzo had an idea of creating a basketball shoe that was suited for the court yet had the energy of a runway debut. He delved into the Nike archives and combined cutting-edge technology with an innovative mindset to achieve this.
The desire came true in 2019 with the release of the Nike Air Fear Of God 1 “Orange Pulse”. The shoe, which was inspired by Lorenzo’s alma mater, Florida A&M University, is saturated with the HBCU’s citrus tint throughout the whole upper for the loudest launch in the hybrid hoop shoe’s entire range.
Nike LDWaffle with Sacai, Clot, and Net Orange Blaze
After years of collaborating on joint collections with Nike, Sacai hit its stride at the end of the decade with stacked shoes that accentuated older styles through strong branding and longer outsoles.
The period was prolonged by the 2021 release of the Sacai x Clot x Nike LDWaffle “Net Orange Blaze.” The striking aesthetic of this beauty, which has two tongues and three partners, fuses Clot colours with Sacai fashion to produce an optical illusion with each step.
“Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 5 Retro
Tinker Hatfield’s design for the Air Jordan 5 was as aggressive and strategic as they come. The aggressive shape of the shoe, which was intended to crush rims and tower over opponents, was inspired by World War II fighter jets.
The narrative completes a circle on the Air Jordan 5 Retro “Shattered Backboard.” This retro model, which debuts 31 years after the original model, is based on the rumour that Michael Jordan once broke a backboard after making a thundering dunk in an exhibition game abroad. Bright orange accents, a mixed-material upper, and glittering silver embellishments give this tough take on life, demonstrating that you can break in new shoes even if you can’t shatter backboards.