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Nike Teases Drake Sub-Label, Drops Naomi Osaka Sneaker

Fans of Drake won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on his new Nike drop.

On Dec. 18, the footwear giant will debut the first collection from its new sub-label with the chart-topping rapper. Two years in the making, Nocta is for consumers on the move, “people who want functional, comfortable fits that are adaptable from one environment to the next,” the Canadian superstar wrote in a statement.

“But as much as it’s about what we make, it’s also about a mindset: an unforgiving drive, a relentlessness,” Drake continued. “Characterized by the type who are on the road all day, all night—the grinders, the hard workers—trying to accomplish their goals and taking no short cuts.”

The rapper discussed the inspiration behind his new sub-label. “Whether you are in Toronto, London or Paris, there’s this uniform look—Nike Tech Fleece, the gloves, the hat—and it has a real team feel,” Drake said. “I wanted to take a piece of that culture that I grew up with, that school of thought, and bring the best to it. With Nocta, we were trying to make the hardest jacket, the hardest tracksuit, the hardest gloves. Just the best of that world.”

On Saturday, Nike debuted the Nike x Naomi Osaka x CDG Blazer. Designed with Comme des Garçons, the sneaker features a neutral color scheme with the tennis star’s signature on the shoe’s quarter panel, along with the handwritten phrase “Home is Where the Heart is.” A print graphic repeating the tennis star and Japanese fashion label’s names covers the shoe’s upper.

Nike teamed up with Comme des Garçons on the Nike x Naomi Osaka x CDG Blazer
Nike x Naomi Osaka x CDG Blazer Nike

A three-time Grand Slam champion and an advocate for change in the social—and racial-justice movement—as well as the highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes—Osaka was honored as one of the “People of the Year” by Comme des Garçons and Switch Publishing. The Nike x Naomi Osaka x CDG Blazer is an extension of the accolade. A matching T-shirt accompanies the release.

Meanwhile, Nike’s Air Zoom SuperRep 2 will also begin rolling out this month. Debuting a year after the original SuperRep, the sneaker adds a fully adjustable, burrito-style tongue and a roomier forefoot.

The training-focused Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 will begin rolling out Dec. 10
Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 Nike

Designed for high-intensity interval training, the shoe keeps many of the features of its predecessor, such as “the forefoot Zoom Air units for pop on jumps, a reinforced rand to brace against lateral bounds and a flexible ‘burpee break’ for everyone’s favorite total-body punisher,” Nike said.

The Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 releases Thursday in China, on Dec. 26 throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia, and Jan. 4 globally.