Nike initially began experimenting with its Shox cushioning system in 1984, when Nike's design team began sticking metal springs in running soles to see if they would increase energy return. The subsequent 16 years before Shox as we know them were fully introduced to the world involved a lot of trial and error, but the Nike Shox R4 and BB4 took the world by storm upon their releases, endearing Nike's perpetually odd cushioning system to an entire generation of athletes.
While most Shox models were known for the four distinct columns in the heel, 2003's Nike Shox TL changed the game. 12 Shox columns, sandwiched between Pebax plates, extend all the way through the forefoot, further amplifying the already eye-catching look of Nike Shox. An embroidered Swoosh and a webbed plastic overlay similar to the Air Max Plus help add texture to the design, which returns tonight at midnight in its original Triple Black colorway. Be sure to grab your pair online or in-store at 147 West 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues on Manhattan's Upper West Side.