Fire and ice. Winter wonderland inspiration. From mint green and crystallized frost to icy soles and ice-inspired detailing, the signature sneaker collections from Nike and adidas offer us a strong ice theme, but with a touch of red-hot fire to boot.
The adidas “Christmas Day” winter-inspired pack includes the D Rose 6, Crazy 8 and Crazylight Boost 2015 (the shoe James Harden now wears). The Crazylight low has a primarily white Primeknit upper with mint-green threads and some rose-gold accents. The mid-top reverses, with a more prominent mint-green upper. “Crystalized frost print” midsoles combine with plenty of mint-green detailing to round out the mint-happy Crazylight.
The D Rose 6 doesn’t stray much further from the land of mint-green uppers and frost prints, also mixing in white details and rose gold accents. The Crazy 8, while not considered an on-court shoe, remains in the adidas family in terms of winter-themed coloring.
Nike enjoys the ice world too, but with plenty of “fire” along the way. Of their four signature lines, the Kobe X and KD8 fall on the fire side, with a multicolor Flyknit upper predominantly in red and black on the Kobe X leading the way. Five gold rings on the back offer “a festive nod to the player’s championship success,” according to the brand. The KD8, while largely in white, does have a red and black graphic on the Flyweave upper and the noticeable heel counter uses a texture “inspired by a crackled pattern representing hot coal.”
For ice, the brand-new Kyrie 2 comes in white and blue with an “icy, transparent outsole” and uses a zig-zag embossed graphic meant to signify the Abominable Snowman. The new Lebron 13 has plenty of blue tones mixing with white for the winter feel, completed with an ice-inspired 13 on the heel.
The adidas collection releases Dec. 18 while you can find the Nike collection on Dec. 26.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, sneakers and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.