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Nike celebrates International Women’s Day with a new collection

Nike has been killing the style game this year with a trend-setting collection launching a couple times each month.

This month, in honor of International Women’s Day, Nike is launching its Women’s City Collection with six beautiful new Nike Air Max 1 Ultra designs. 

These athletic shoes each feature three floral patterns, which Nike describes as “distinct, each inspired by representative flowers and local heritage of two cities.”

The original Nike Air Max 1 Ultra was designed by Nike innovator Tinker Hatfield in 1987. The shoes, according to Nike, are “a completely new outsole that uses less material than the original for dramatically improved flexibility and reduced weight.”

The idea of a sneaker was forever changed for athletes and fashion gurus after the launch of this design.

To all of the female athletes and collectors: These shoes are sure to get you ready and motivated to hit the gym or your very own runway, wherever that may be.

The collection highlights London, Milan, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo as the true fashion capitals of the world.

The collection begins with the duo of New York and Paris:

New York is represented with a modern design of black and white roses. The monochromatic color palette is perfect for the U.S. fashion capital.

Paris as the counterpart is covered in pink and blue pastel lilies and roses. A perfect glimpse into a Parisian spring.

The next power couple is Tokyo and London:

Tokyo is represented by indigo roses and cherry blossoms. The blue color scheme of this shoe, with the contrasting white sole is simple, yet chic .

The London pattern is red and white, paired with dark purple laces. Nike mentions the colors were chosen to reflect the gothic style and architecture the city has to offer.

The final pair of the collection is the contrasting Milan and Shanghai:

Milan, a favorite design of the collection, is covered in white and pink lilies and cherry blossoms — a huge bronze toast to the Italian culture.

Shanghai stands out with a bright red shoe, again with the signature lilies and cherry blossoms. This design is a fashion statement of its own, with a fiery and eye-catching pattern.

This festive collection will be released in North America on the Nike website and at select Nike retailers on April 11, and the international release is March 8, International Women’s Day. Each shoe can be purchased for $180.

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Hailey Geller

Hailey is currently a fashion writer for the Emerald's Arts & Culture desk. She was previously the health and safety reporter for the Emerald's News desk.