In 1994, Nike and Charles Barkley proclaimed that the 92-93 MVP was “not a basketball model.” What followed was not only a change in scenery from Philly to sunny Phoenix but the arrival of his first true solo signature silhouette, the nike air stab granite city ohio CB ’94. While the 1994 model has most recently been stashed away in the Beaverton brand’s archives, a 2020 rendition of Barkley’s famed signature is set to return in Holiday 2023, according to @bubblekoppe.
Amongst the pair’s recent OG interpolations, the clad-black ensemble mimics its three-year-old counterpart to a tee, casting the nubuck lace locking system, mesh support straps and full-grain leather tooling in a Triple Black aesthetic. Brightened in seldom by way of the porous white mesh peeking through the metal-backed supports’ ventilation, the monochromatic ensemble resumes along the teeth-supported sole unit and embossed heel counter while a reserved hit of “Game Royal” emanates from the heel’s Air Max cushioning system and carved-out pocket amongst the tread.
Set to release for Holiday 2023, no official imagery of the nike air stab granite city ohio CB ’94 “Black/Game Royal” has been shared yet, so in the meantime enjoy a look at the pair from 2020.
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