Browsing articles from "August, 2014"
Aug 31, 2014

Nike Free Flyknit Chukka – “Tarp Green / Black”


Nike’s innovative Flyknit technology has been well received since its inception, as the performance material offers unmatched style and comfort which translated to lifestyle-wear. Featuring the brand’s popular Flyknit Chukka, its extremely unique upper receives a bold finish this season, coming in a variation of tarp green across its upper while black hits are applied on the Swoosh, lining and laces.

Perfectly offset against a white midsole, this vibrant model is now available through Kith via email orders only.

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Aug 31, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ripped for swipe at Bronx

City pols blasted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday for taking a swipe at the Bronx in a speech to a conservative group.

Cruz (R-Tex.) invoked the borough’s bad old days, saying he was tired of hearing Yankee pols like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “lecture” on immigration.

“Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it’s a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande,” he said in a speech Saturday to the group Americans for Prosperity.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose district includes part of the Bronx, retorted: “It’s sad that Ted Cruz would use tired and wrong stereotypes about the Bronx to try advance his extreme political agenda.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called the comments “disgusting.”

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Aug 31, 2014

Danner Tramline Marquam – “Charcoal”


Oregon-based footwear company, Danner renowned for crafting high quality boots since 1932 introduces an update of its original Tramline silhouette with this Tramline Marquam for Fall/Winter 2014.

Modeled after a chukka, yet incorporating components of a boot, the Tramline Marquam measures 4″ in height, and composed of full grain leather. Draped in a Charcoal hue, the silhouette is complimented with a contrasting Vibram outsole in cream for optimal traction. Overall rugged but, simplistic, the Danner Tramline Marquam in charcoal is available now at select retailers such as Kith for 0.

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Aug 31, 2014

visvim FBT JP HAND PAINT CUSTOM – Dover Street Market London Exclusive


Dover Street Market London celebrates it 10th anniversary with a special collaboration featuring visvim, as the two brands produce an exclusive range of footwear. Utilizing visvim’s popular FBT RENO JP silhouette, the shoe is composed of premium cowhide suede and features a Moccasin foot wrap construction. Contrasted with cream colored Vibram soles, the shoe is further detailed with hand-painted polka dot at its signature lapel as the finishing touch.

Offered in red, white or black dotted colorways, find the set of shoes now exclusively from Dover Street Market London.

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Aug 31, 2014

Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Salmon Olive Camo’ Customs by Alberto Lou


If you take a liking to urban menswear, then chances of you recognizing the notorious Staple Pigeon logo are pretty high. From the 150-pair ’05 Nike Dunk Pro SB collab to recent SS14 releases, Staple Clothing has flourished tremendously over the past 15 years of business, and shows no sign of letting up. Alberto Lou, of the Kix Flipped Crew, pays tribute the New York-based brand with a pair of Nike Air Foamposite Ones covered in an olive camouflage pattern, with hints of salmon throughout. The Pigeon logo was a strong influence for the inclusion of the salmon tone, deriving from the soft pink luster of the birds. A green-tinted camo pattern plagues the entire uppers of these shoes, with special highlights of pink that cover the inner lining, tongue and heel tabs, as well as any visible Nike branding. The custom made patches for the heels don images of pigeons in flight and at rest, while the front side additions depict, what appears to be, dove feces. The clean and stark white of the lace holes and mesh interior help contain the busy, hand-painted artwork by Lou! Keep scrolling for some additional photos of these Staple Pigeon Foams now!


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Aug 31, 2014

Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio – “Colorado Eighty-Five”


Italian designer Andrea Pompilio recently tapped footwear brand Onitsuka Tiger to produce a special rendition of its Colorado Eighty-Five model for Fall/Winter 2014. The retro runner receives a distinctive finish as the upper is draped in a monochrome geometric pattern composed of premium leather. Offset with a tonal green heel counter, the midsole keeps with the achromatic balance with the addition of dots across its entirety.

Retailing at 0, find this exclusive Onitsuka Tiger silhouette now at select retailers such as Premier.

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Aug 31, 2014

BRONX NEWS: 1 dead, 6 injured in 5 separate shootings across city

Seven people were shot, including a police officer who was grazed by a bullet, in five separate incidents across three boroughs early Sunday, police said.

Officer John Hirschberger, 28, was hit in his left leg while chasing an armed man in Bedford-Stuyvesant at Marcus Garvey Blvd. and Gates Ave. just before 2:30 a.m., officials said.

His brothers in blue chased the 22-year-old suspect down Gates Ave. and shot him in the upper back, police said. The suspect, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was rushed to Kings County Hospital and was in stable condition. Hirschberger was taken to the same hospital in stable condition.

Five more people were shot, one fatally, in four separate incidents early Sunday.

A 23-year-old man died after he was shot twice in his chest and once in the stomach and leg in the East Bronx at 12:33 a.m. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him, police said.

A 22-year-old man was taken to Harlem Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left temple, police said. Two men broke into his apartment on Frederick Douglass Blvd. around midnight, robbed and then shot him, authorities said.

In East Harlem, two 16-year-olds were shot, one in the left leg and one in the right leg, around 2 a.m. The teen shot in his left leg was taken to Metropolitan Hospital. The other teen was taken to Harlem Hospital. Both were in stable condition Sunday.

A 29-year-old man was shot in the leg at 4 a.m. on Central Park West and W. 102nd St., according to officials. The man told police he was walking down the street when he heard gunshots and then felt a piercing pain in his leg. He was transported to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and was in stable condition, fire officials said.

In addition to the gun violence, two men were stabbed, authorities said.

A 24-year-old man was stabbed in his head, neck and chest at on President St. in Park Slope shortly after 1 a.m., police said. Emergency responders rushed him to Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Authorities say another man was stabbed repeatedly in Washington Heights on W. 181st St. around 3:10 a.m. He was taken to Harlem Hospital and was in stable condition, fire officials said.

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Aug 31, 2014

Report: Kevin Durant Likely to Remain with Nike

Fans of Kevin Durant‘s signature sneaker series with Nike can breathe easy. ESPN’s Darren Rovell comes through again, first reporting that Nike has countered Under Armour‘s lucrative offer and the reigning NBA MVP is close to resigning with the Swoosh. As many of you know, Durant’s deal with Nike expired a little over a month ago, that lead to Under Armour making an offer to KD worth between 5 and 5 million for 10 years. After weeks of speculation on who will be the brand on the OKC superstar’s feet, Mr. Rovell reported this morning that Durant’s new deal with Nike could hit 0 million over 10 years based on potential royalties:

Nike has countered Under Armour’s offer of between 5 million and 5 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant million is expiring, made an initial offer of about million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour’s huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price.

But on Saturday, Nike officials told Durant and his team at Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports that it would indeed step up enough to allow the world’s largest shoe and apparel company to keep him in its robust stable of basketball endorsers that includes LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Analyst Omar Saad, senior managing director of ISI’s luxury, apparel and footwear team, who covers all the major brands on Wall Street, said that, despite the negotiations coming down to the final hours, he always believed that Nike would win Durant’s services.

“For Nike, this was nothing to them,” Saad said. “They could easily build Durant’s business enough, assuming normal margins, where they could generate a cash flow of million a year. And Nike is really good at monetizing its marketing assets, way better than anyone else.”

Saad said, for Nike, Durant satisfies a niche that makes him different from James, Bryant or the Jordan brand. Durant’s signature “KD” shoes generated 5 million at retail this past year, according to SportsOneSource, a market retail tracking firm. Not only was the business on the rise, but one retailing source told ESPN that Nike left plenty of money on the table with Durant’s shoe at 5 and relatively limited distribution to stores. Simply raising the price and opening up more channels could make the deal worth it, the source said.

It looks like Nike has offered enough to land Durant, though it could be argued as to whether its an exact match to the Under Armour deal. Under Armour’s offer included 10 percent stock, which one could argue makes that offer worth more than its present day value.

Rovell reports that sources close to Durant say the decision weighed on him, but going back to Nike grants KD with a sense of relief, because Durant can still make significant money without being associated with the risks of Under Armour’s fledgling shoe business.

It looks like Nike has manage to maintain it’s trio of superstar’s but is this good or bad for the balance of  the NBA?  Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for all updates and be sure to let your thoughts be heard via our comment section or your favorite social outlet.

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Aug 31, 2014

Buscemi 100MM ‘OVO’ Customs by Dank Customs

buscemi-100mm-ovo-customs-by-dank-customsDank Customs has been on one serious heat streak this summer, with his Louis Vuitton x Kanye West ‘Jasper’-inspired Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse customs, and is returning with another pair of Buscemis! This time around, Dank Customs took an all black Buscemi 100MM shoe and added gold insignia derived from Young Money Entertainment rapper, Drake’s newest venture, OVO Records. Simple design updates were made to these shoes, with the OVO mascot Owl, perched on the rear heel of the shoe, and “OVO” script along the tongue. The original gold hardware helps emphasize the tastefully done graphics. What do you guys think of these customs? Let us know in the comments!


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Aug 31, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Growing Caribbean-American clout

Just before the huge West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, the nation’s most visible symbol of Caribbean-American power, News Americas publisher

Felicia Persaud will air some significant progress toward an accSeeking to gauge Caribbean-American clouturate census tally of Caribbean-Americans and a precise measure of their respectable economic and political clout.

During the VIP-laden pre-parade breakfast on Sept. 1, Persaud founder of Hard Beat Communications, the Invest Caribbean Now! international business summit and the Carib ID census project said she’ll discuss some optimistic action toward getting Caribbean categories on U.S. Census forms.

This month, a U.S. Census advisory group is recommending that the Census Bureau examine the inclusion of “Afro-Latino, Afro-Indian, Indo-Caribbean, and Caribbean/West Indian” options on census forms, News Americas reported. The creation of the new categories now lies with the U.S. Census Bureau.

“If the recommendation made by the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations to the U.S. Census Bureau is accepted, Caribbean men, women and children will no longer look at the census form to find themselves invisible, and forced to choose from a list of racial and ethnic choices that do not accurately identify them,” according to News Americas

Since 2008, Persaud and her Carib ID supporters have been enthusiastically promoting the addition of Caribbean identification categories to U.S. Census forms in order to get an accurate count of Caribbean-Americans.

Pointing to the diverse, multiethnic makeup of Caribbean peoples, Carib ID supporters have argued that Caribbean-Americans are lost within black American and other several other census categories and underrepresented. The absence of Caribbean-specific categories makes it difficult to detect the numbers of Caribbean-Americans and quantify their economic might, and subsequent political power.


With a perfect title and concept for these turbulent times, the first annual “Spirit and Harmony Festival” will be held on Sept. 13 in Queens, featuring family-oriented activities, a fashion show and performances by reggae great Freddie McGregor; his son, Chino; renowned jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers and Nigerian performer Wunmi.

The event the result of a productive partnership between the Black Spectrum Theater in Queens and the organizers of Brooklyn’s famous International African Arts Festival will be held in Roy Wilkins Park, Baisley Blvd. and 177th St., from noon to 6 p.m.

There will also be vendors’ marketplace, a fashion show, a Civil War exhibit, activities for youngsters and a natural hair show presented by Karen’s Body Beautiful.

Families are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets. Festival admission is in advance and on the day of the show. Tickets for children aged 12 and under are .

There are also VIP tickets available, which include special seating, a buffet and access to an artists’ reception.

For information and tickets, visit or call (718) 723-1800.


Reggae’s link with Africa is obvious resonating with every chant, every rhythm and every drum beat. But the Britain-based dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s “African Consciousness in Reggae Music” program is going to break down the connection to its core.

The program, presented by New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, runs from Sept. 19 through Oct. 10. All sessions are free, but RSVP is required. Call (212) 998-IAAA (4222) to RSVP.

As artist-in-residence at NYU-IAAA, the world-renowned, Jamaican-born Johnson has created a comprehensive examination of Jamaica’s reggae with the help of some distinguished participants.

Johnson’s opening “African Consciousness in Reggae Music” lecture will be held Sept. 19 at the university’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, in the Rosenthal Pavilion on the 10th floor.

The remaining events will be held on Sept. 23, 26 and Oct. 10.

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Aug 30, 2014

Pierre Hardy Fall/Winter 2014 Sneaker Collection


Parisian designer Pierre Hardy showcases his collection for Fall/Winter 2014, which comprises his iconic avant-garde designs.

Featuring both men’s and women’s silhouettes, Hardy introduces what seems a collection of athletic footwear with a little of Boy George vibes in it.
Crafted by premium leather, the luxurious sneakers are embellished with crazy patterns, metallic hues, side zippers and even feathers.

If you are all into that Karma Chameleon stuff, then head over to Sneakerboy to snatch a pair.

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Aug 30, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx man nabbed after pointing gun at cops

A 24-year-old Bronx man pointed a gun at cops and lived to tell about it.

Officers Wilbert Hernandez and Cesar Deleon heard gunfire outside the Castle Hill Houses on Randall Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Saturday. Moments later, they spotted Jeffrey Perez holding a gun.

The cops ordered Perez to drop the weapon. Instead of complying, he pointed the loaded .22-caliber H&R Rimfire revolver at the police.

Both cops fired at Perez, who ran off without firing. The gunman wasn’t hit. Cops caught up with the suspect, who surrendered.

Hernandez and Deleon were taken to Jacobi Medical Center for tinnitus. They were working an overtime post — part of a special summer deployment of cops to crack down on shootings in the city.

The perp was slapped with a slew of charges, including criminal possession of a loaded firearm, menacing, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Perez was previously arrested in Brooklyn in 2011 after he was caught with a defaced gun, cops said. He was arrested in 2013 in the Bronx for attempted murder and felony assault after he allegedly shot a 22-year-old man in the butt and pistol-whipped a woman in the face.

He also has a long string of sealed arrests for selling drugs, sources said.

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